Sarasota Art Museum

A new asset for Ringling College students, faculty, and staff!

On Dec. 14, the Sarasota Art Museum on the Ringling College Museum Campus opened its doors to the public.

While its value to the community is immeasurable, for students, faculty, and staff of Ringling College of Art and Design, the new campus offers an incomparable learning environment with continual exposure to rotating exhibits of world-class contemporary art.

Students, faculty, and staff receive free admission to the museum, which is a “kunsthalle,” meaning a museum without a permanent collection, that will instead present rotating exhibits of contemporary art – from World War II to the present day. In addition to its exhibits, students, faculty, and staff are able to avail themselves of the Museum’s special programming.

Upcoming talks include:

  • “This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s, Painting is Dead Long Live Painting,” Tuesday, March 3, 6 p.m.
  • “This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s, The 90s Part I – Photography and Identity,” Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m.
  • “Artist Talk – Odili Donald Odita,” Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m.; “This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s,The 90s Part II: Relational Aesthetics & Immersive Installation,” March 31, 6 p.m.
  • “Artist Talk: Jean Shin,” Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m.
  • “This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s, Conclusion & Discussion,” Tuesday, April 7, 6 p.m.
  • “Artist Talk: Leah Rosenberg,” Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m.

The 80,000-square-foot campus was built at a cost of $30 million, transforming the historic former Sarasota High School into Sarasota’s only dedicated contemporary art museum, with more than 15,000 square feet of exhibition space. The campus is also home to Ringling College Continuing Studies, including the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Studio + Digital Arts. It is anticipated that more than 125,000 guests will visit the Museum each year, not including the thousands who will take part in its educational programming.

According to Sarasota Art Museum Executive Director and Chief Curator Anne-Marie Russell, “We hope to inspire people to engage with the global world of contemporary art, to cultivate their curiosity and open their minds with new art and new ideas, hopefully helping them to engage meaningfully with the world around them.”

In Studio + Digital Arts, students of all ages and skill levels will be able to attend non-credit art and design classes, workshops, and lectures. Students can experiment with new skills or refresh existing ones to inspire their artistic creations. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI) offers hundreds of courses across myriad topics for lifelong learners of all ages and skill levels in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It is a place where the community comes together to learn about topics as varied as finance, politics, foreign languages, and technology without the pressure of credits or prerequisites.

Janna Overstreet, Director of OLLI at Ringling College, noted that, “We are so proud to be an OLLI and serve this community of avid learners.”

Interlibrary Loan

Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.


Director of Library Services


Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian


Kayla Morrell



Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)



Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  


Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant



Circulation Assistant


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Vacant


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact to schedule an appointment.

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Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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