Sarasota Art Museum’s Teen Arts Council

A group of high school students and two adults standing together and smiling against an orange wall

Thirteen local high school students were selected to participate as part of the 2023-2024 Teen Arts Council (TAC), a year-long, paid internship program at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design. The internship focuses on contemporary art, museum management, arts program development, and community engagement.  The internship program begins with a six-week […]

Immersive art installation by Carlos Bunga at Sarasota Art Museum

Black and white photo of a man sitting cross-legged and looking up with a spotlight on him.

A new exhibition at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design opening this month will feature a large site specific installation, paintings, videos, and photographs by Barcelona, Spain-based artist Carlos Bunga, Reassembling Spilt Light: An Immersive Installation.  The exhibition will be on view July 23-Oct. 29, and will utilize the mass-produced materials, […]

Chakaia Booker at SAM named Top 15 solo exhibitions to see this summer

Artistic sculpture on a white wall made of black rubber tires.

Multimedia artist Chakaia Booker’s upcoming exhibition at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design was highlighted by Culture Type as one of the top solo shows to see this summer.  What to See in the U.S. Museums This Summer: 15 Solo Exhibitions Featuring Black Artists — Simone Leigh, James Barnor, Ming Smith, […]

International artist Chakaia Booker’s exhibit to explore sociocultural themes at Sarasota Art Museum

Chakaia Booker is internationally renowned for using reclaimed materials to create monumental sculptural works that challenge viewers to consider the nature of humans’ relationships to one another and the world.

An upcoming exhibit at Ringling College’s Sarasota Art Museum explores themes of environmentalism, socioeconomic justice, and more. The exhibit, Chakaia Booker: Surface Pressure, will be on display from July 16-Oct. 29. The solo exhibition will feature select prints, paintings, and sculptures that highlight four themes: connection, accumulation, transformation, and juxtaposition. Recycled tires, her most iconic signature materials, communicate themes […]

Looking back: a brief history of the Photography and Imaging Department

An outdoor photo shoot with three people occupying different jobs.

May is National Photography Month, and to celebrate, here is a look back into the history of Ringling College of Art and Design’s Photography and Imaging Department.  Photography courses were first introduced at the College in 1989, as part of a program called Photography Studies. MK Simqu started the program and soon hired the first […]

Ringling College’s Thomas Carabasi gives ‘Art at Noon’ Talk

A man standing in front of a color photograph in a museum giving a talk to a group of people.

On Tuesday, March 21, Thomas Carabasi, department head of Photography and Imaging at Ringling College of Art and Design, gave a tour of the posthumous exhibition of photographer Richard Benson, The World is Smarter Than You Are.  The talk was the first of the Art at Noon series at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College […]

Touring A Beautiful Mess exhibition at Sarasota Art Museum

Curator Emilee Enders giving a tour of the exhibition A Beautiful Mess: Weavers & Knotters of the Vanguard on Feb. 25 on view at Sarasota Art Museum through June 25. Works by Jacqueline Surdell, Kira Dominguez Hultgren, dani lopez, and Dana Hemenway hang behind Enders who is curator for the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at Bedford Gallery in the Lesher Center for the Arts Emilee Enders led a packed gallery full of eager museum goers through the exhibition A Beautiful Mess: Weavers & Knotters of the Vanguard.  The show, currently on view at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of […]

Local favorite 10x10s return with new home at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College


On Thursday night, Jan. 26, art lovers, enthusiasts, lifelong learners, and curious minds gathered at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College to attend the long-anticipated return of the 10×10 lecture series. The event was sold-out, filling every seat in the Museum’s McGuire Hall.  A local favorite of the Sarasota community that took a two-year hiatus […]

OLLI’s Listening to Women lecture series kicks off at Sarasota Art Museum

This month, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Ringling College begins their six part lecture series, Listening to Women, with, “Optics of Storytelling When Told by Women Journalists of Color,” featuring Sarasota journalists, Mercedes Soler, co-owner of Solmart Media and Renée James Gilmore, executive producer of ABC7’s Empowering Voices. The series hosts 16 women […]