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Ringling College President Introduces Exciting Addition to Sarasota Art Scene

As a part of our distinct Salon Series for Auteur Sarasota, it was our honor to host Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of the Ringling College of Art and Design, for an exclusive gathering at our sales gallery. It was an inspiring evening exploring exciting features and exclusive details inside the new Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College.

The new Sarasota Art Museum came to life through the renovation of the old Sarasota High School. The $27 million project has transformed the historic Sarasota High School building on U.S. 41 south of downtown Sarasota, making way for a revitalized space that will bring the community together. The familiar original high school entrance was preserved in its original design, paying homage to the past.

The Sarasota Art Museum is poised as the region’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art. Dr. Thompson shared how the facility will be a resource for learning about contemporary concepts and celebrating 21st century art and artists through its world-class gallery spaces, auditorium, outdoor sculpture garden, café, and a number of classrooms and work spaces for students and visiting artists. Much more than a museum, the Sarasota Art Museum will be a site for contemporary creation and collaboration.

The museum will open a dialogue amongst Sarasota residents. A continuous series of rotating exhibitions will be centered around engaging the Sarasota community in discussions about contemporary life and art.

The grand opening is anticipated for this coming winter. A black-tie gala will be held in December to mark the debut of the Sarasota Art Museum, followed by an exclusive opening to members, and then to the general public.

Future residents of Auteur can look forward to immersing themselves in this new artistic enclave only moments from home. The museum’s fall 2019 calendar, featuring everything from earth art and social sculpture to minimalism and feminist art, gives an idea of the artistic exhibitions and performances that they can enjoy year-round.