Ringling Tour 4/19/2017

LWRWC Experiences the Best of Ringling

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, a group of 20 women from the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club enjoyed a guided tour of the world renowned Ringling College of Art. The “off the ranch” adventure .was  coordinated by Event Chair, Dane Vendette, member of the 2017 Program Committee.

The ladies met their two very knowledgeable docents (Leia and Marjorie) at 9:30 am in the Keating Center and were treated to an in depth, behind the scenes look at the amazing college and the talented art students who represent the future top artists of tomorrow.

While tuition is steep ($39, 0000 per year) virtually 100% of the graduates have immediate and lucrative employment in their artistic fields.

L to R: Event chair Diane Vendette, Docent Leia Madden and Monika Templeman LWRWC President

In addition to our excellent docents, the group was joined by an art student studying film making, who added a student’s perspective. Members also had the opportunity to talk to several of the art students as they toured the impressive campus, including galleries, featuring “The Best of Ringling” on Display. Members were very interested to learn that the students will take commissioned projects for college and resume credit and there is no charge for work done for 501(c)(3) organizations.

After the tour, the club members enjoyed a delicious lunch buffet at the Hammond Commons dining hall for only $7. Lunch and “The 2017 Best of Ringling” Annual Student Exhibitions (open 10 AM – 10:00 PM) were open to all members of the LWRWC, so many other members were able to enjoy this artistic experience.

The annual Best of Ringling juried exhibitions showcase the top art and design projects created by Ringling College students in every major.  Outstanding work has been selected by outside jurors and faculty members. The galleries on the tour include the Advertising Design, Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery; Business of Art and Design, Willis Smith Gallery Computer Animation, Lois and David Stulberg Gallery Film, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium; Fine Arts, Crossley Gall Game Art, Lois and David Stulberg Gallery Graphic Design, Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery Illustration, Willis Smith Gallery & William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Gallery I​nterior Design, Willis Smith Gallery Motion Design, Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery Photography & Imaging and  Patricia Thompson Gallery.

The Best of Ringling clearly demonstrates why Sarasota is considered the arts scene capital of the “culture coast’ of Florida.