Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design Makes Debut

Florida’s Gulf Coast debuts an unusual museum of art.

WORDS Mary Holland
December 2019
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Marat (Sebastião), from Pictures of Garbage, 2008-2011, © Vik Muniz

This month, the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design opens, adding to the city’s extensive collection of cultural and design landmarks. Housed in the former Sarasota High School building and bordering downtown, the stately Gothic structure includes lecture halls, a café and a European kunsthalle museum format, meaning there will be no permanent collection, just rotating exhibitions. (First up is the work of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, above, and the elaborate sculptures of Jean Shin.) The museum is in conjunction with the Ringling College of Art and Design, founded by circus impresario and part-time Florida man John Ringling, a towering arts patron who helped establish Sarasota as a prominent cultural destination. The “Greatest Show on Earth” has been retired, but the art shows are just getting started.

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