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 […]

Upcoming exhibition programming and events roll out in 2023 at Ringling College, Sarasota Art Museum, and OLLI

Lino Tagliapietra, Medusa (detail), 2015, blown glass. This work is on display at Ringling College’s Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery; Circles + Spheres, the 14th annual curated exhibition of works from the world-class art glass collection of Richard and Barbara Basch, on view Jan. 9 – Mar. 24, 2023.

It’s a new year, and with it 2023 promises to deliver an exciting new season of exhibition programming, educational courses, and art happenings at Ringling College of Art and Design and beyond. Ringling College Galleries and Exhibitions  Ringling College’s six unique gallery spaces on campus continue with their 2022-23 exhibition season.  “Infrastructure: Connecting Spaces + […]

Ringling College’s top 5 highlights of 2022

2022 has been a banner year for Ringling College students, faculty, and staff. This year’s highlights included an increasingly diverse student body, award-winning and internationally ranked students and academic programs, and world-class exhibition programming. Take a look at some of our favorite accomplishments from 2022, or watch the video below. Ringling College continues upward trajectory […]

Community Foundation of Sarasota County awards grant to Ringling College

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced the receipt of a strategic partnership grant totaling $36,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County sponsoring 2022-23 season arts programming. This comprehensive grant will support Ringling College’s Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery and Campus Art Walks; Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College’s (SAM) Sara Berman’s Closet exhibition and its […]

Ringling College continues upward trajectory towards pre-eminence

The Ringling College Fall Open House on Oct. 8 brought an estimated 850 people to campus following Hurricane Ian.

Ringling College of Art and Design is thriving. Even throughout the pandemic, and through a decade of art school and college closures throughout the US, Ringling College continues to experience its strongest student enrollment ever. In the 2022-23 academic year, Ringling College welcomed its highest enrollment of all time with a total student headcount of […]