Sarasota Art Museum




Saturday   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday   11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday   Shop & Grounds Open, Galleries Closed
Wednesday   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Website coming soon. Stay tuned.


Mission Statement

The Sarasota Art Museum is a catalyst for appreciation and understanding of the art of our time.
As a platform for education, exposure and experimentation, the Museum inspires new ideas and new ways
of being through an endless rotation of transformative, relevant, and pioneering exhibitions
and programs designed to elevate and empower all by cultivating discerning visual thinkers and ethical citizens.



General Admission                                        $15
Museum Members                                     FREE
Under 17, accompanied by an adult           FREE
Cross College Alliance Students     FREE with ID
Public Safety Officers                                  FREE
 Veterans & Active Military                 FREE with ID




Free visitor parking is available on a first come, first served basis on the south side of the Museum.

一道本不卡免费高清As parking is extremely limited, we encourage visitors to use public transportation and ride hailing services.

一道本不卡免费高清The SCAT bus stop is located in front of the Museum on South Tamiami Trail.

Above: 2019 K/R Terry Riley
Above: M. Leo Elliott - Former Sarasota High School

Changing perspectives through contemporary art.

The Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College is a contemporary art museum (known as a kunsthalle, an art museum without a permanent collection) that will open in December of 2019. Anchoring the Ringling College Museum Campus, the Museum has 15K square feet of dedicated exhibition gallery space, a café, retail shop, auditorium for educational events, performance and film, a sculpture courtyard and extensive grounds and facilities where one can engage with site-specific and site-responsive art experiences. 

About the Museum


Spring 2019 Programming



As we enter the last year of this extraordinary decade, we are thrilled to launch a dynamic series of events that embody some themes that have gained prominence over the last ten years. New research in the cognitive sciences has raised awareness of the importance of unstructured learning – play – in our evolution and development. While it may be some time before these developments have a significant impact in the realm of public education policy, the beauty of a contemporary art museum is that it provides the ideal platform to explore, investigate and experiment with these ideas. Continued attention to environmental issues and the results of rampant consumer culture has prompted many artists to employ various "recycling" mechanisms into their practice and to reinvigorate '60s- and '70s-era environmental art strategies with new praxis. The rise and continued activism of the global accessibility movement has resulted in extraordinary new design innovations and helped us rethink what it means to be abled, disabled, differently-abled, and cyber-assisted. We are continually inspired by the "Nothing about us without us" cri de couer of the global disability movement (with a nod to earlier origins in Central Europe such as Poland's  "nihil novi" movement), and we try to ensure that ethic and sensibility informs all of our community programs.  Related, rising consciousness of intersectionality as a matrix of engagement and empowerment has contributed to an expanded canon of extraordinary, formerly under-recognized artists, helping continually rewrite the narrative of art history and widen the pantheon of brilliant artists, to the great benefit of all. And "all" is a key operative word here at the Museum. 
Embedded in our mission, we strive to ensure our Museum is indeed "For All"

We hope you'll join the conversation with us this season at The Works!


Sunday 23 April 2017 2-4pm
The Works 891 S. Tamiami Trail
FREE; Reservations suggested due to limited seating. RSVP to Reservations@HermitageArtistRetreat.org or call (941) 475-2098 ext. 8

2pm My Life, My Work 
Artist talk by the winner of the 2017 Greenfield Prize in photography, to be announced.

3pm The State of the Art of Photography
一道本不卡免费高清Panel discussion with national photography curators including Anthony Bannon, former Director of the George Eastman House, and Robert Pledge, President and Editorial Director of Contact Press Images, an international photojournalism agency.





Art on Film:
National Gallery
Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Tuesday 20 September 2016, 6pm

National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a world-renowned institution, on a fascinating journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Tag along with Director Frederick Wiseman as he listens to docents decode the great canvases of our time, watches restorers wield tiny eye-droppers and scalpels to make repairs, and glimpses the internal battle of public perception voiced by the leadership.


Open House: Director’s Meet & Greet

Friday 21 October 2016, 10–11am
一道本不卡免费高清Thursday 17 November 2016, 5–6pm

The rich diversity and pluralistic nature of contemporary art, with its wide-ranging chorus of voices, represents the whole of the human experience. We hope the Museum becomes a place that feels both comfortable and familiar, but also encourages the exploration of new territory. 

一道本不卡免费高清Designing and building a cultural institution from the ground up is challenging, complex, and rewarding work, and starting this fall, we’d like to bring you on this journey with us. Every few weeks leading up to our opening, we’ll have an open house, a cafecito, a kaffeelatsch—whichever your preferred term for a casual community gathering cum lively conversation—designed to engage you with our process and progress. It’s not every day (or even every decade!) that a community gets to build a new museum, and we don’t want you to miss a moment of our evolution. 

Take this opportunity to find out “everything you ever wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask!” 




Art on Film:
Carmen Herrera: The 100 Years Show 
Directed by Alison Klayman

Tuesday 18 October 2016, 6pm

Meet the vibrant and productive Cuban-American abstract painter Carmen Herrera, an artist who—now 101 years old—went from relative obscurity to global art stardom in recent years (“Better late than never,” she quips).The film follows Carmen as she prepares for her 100th birthday exhibition at Lisson Gallery in New York City. A major retrospective of her work opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art this fall.


This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s

Tuesday 25 October 2016, 6–7pm

The 1960s were a time of radical societal change. Art was both a reflection of the times, and often an instigator of change. Leading up to the opening of the Museum exhibitions program, we will have a series of talks and lectures examining the avant-garde roots of contemporary art, to shed some light on the origins of art production today. This series will be a casual, salon-style conversation. So whether you’re an expert, or new to contemporary art, everyone is welcome and encouraged to share thoughts and engage in the conversation. Join Executive Director Anne-Marie Russell and special guest Dr. Matthew McLendon, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.



Artist Talk: Joe Fig
Inside the Artist’s Studio

Saturday 5 November 2016, 5pm

Born in 1968, Joe Fig received both his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His body of work encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing, in which he examines the role of the artist, the creative process, and the self-made universe of the artist’s studio. Fig’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Bruce Museum, Bass Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and New Britain Museum of American Art. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books Inside the Artist’s Studio (2015) and Inside the Painter’s Studio (2009), which include his interviews and documentary photographs of today’s leading contemporary artists. Fig is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York. He works and lives in Connecticut’s Farmington River Valley.


How to Survive an Art Fair

Wednesday 9 November 2016, 6–7pm

In preparation for the upcoming Miami Art Week, featuring dozens of fairs and an endless series of exciting events, join us for a fun and informative session designed to help you navigate the often chaotic and perplexing environment of the art fair. (Helpful tip: sensible shoes!)




SarasotaMOD Weekend

11-13 November 2016

The Museum is proud to partner with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation to co-present the third annual SarasotaMOD Weekend. This year’s MOD weekend will focus on the important architectural legacy of Victor Lundy. 





Art on Film:
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
Directed by James Crump

Tuesday 15 November 2016, 6pm

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms.




Artist Talks: Tania Katan
Creative Trespasser: Disrupting Museums, Bathrooms and Other Public/Private Space

Saturday 19 November 2016

Tania Katan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and creative instigator who, in her words, “believes in storytelling at all costs!” Katan has performed her stories at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, NPR, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, GLAMOUR, and others. She has been a featured speaker at Etsy, i.d.e.a. Museum, S.H.E. Summit, Social Innovation Summit, American Alliance of Museums and other national and international conferences and events. Katan’s instigations include Arm Wrestling for Art and co-creator of the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress for Axosoft. Katan is a Certified Anti-Bias & Diversity Trainer through the Anti-Defamation League and well-respected advocate in the breast cancer community.

一道本不卡免费高清Formerly the Curator of Performing Arts at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Katan made the audacious leap into technology and is the Evangelist at Axosoft, because every rock star company needs a punk! She is currently working on a book about the astounding value of creatives in the business world called Creative Trespassing.





Curator Talk: Dan Cameron
The Useful Curator

Wednesday 14 December 2016, 6pm

一道本不卡免费高清Dan Cameron served as Senior Curator at the New Museum in New York from 1995 to 2006, and as Chief Curator at Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California, from 2012 to 2015. As an independent curator, Cameron was Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial in 2003 and Co-Curator of the 10th Taipei Biennial in 2006. He is currently Curator for the XIII Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador. Cameron is also currently guest curator for the Palm Springs Museum of Art, where he is preparing an exhibition for 2017 on Latin American kinetic art of the 1950s and 1960s. Cameron is the founder of Prospect New Orleans, a triennial of international contemporary art, and directed the organization and exhibition program from 2006-2011, while also serving as Director of Visual Arts for New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center. Dan is a member of the Hermitage National Curatorial Council.

In partnership with  


A place for contemporary ideas to converge.

In 2003, a group of 13 forward-thinking Sarasotans came together to further their goal of enhancing Sarasota’s rich cultural landscape with a contemporary art museum. After a two-year dialogue with area arts, educational and community leaders, the Sarasota Art Museum partnered with Ringling College of Art and Design to transform the historic Sarasota High School into a state-of-the-art visual arts destination with the art museum as its centerpiece.

As the region's first museum dedicated to contemporary art, the Museum will offer visitors from around the world a place to see thought-provoking, boundary-pushing exhibitions, participate in educational programming, and take community courses with Ringling College instructors. The facility will be a resource for learning about contemporary concepts and deepening appreciation for 21st century art and artists through world-class gallery spaces, an auditorium, an outdoor sculpture garden, a cafe, 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 dialogue.


Breathing new life into an architectural landmark.

一道本不卡免费高清Built in 1926 in the Collegiate-Gothic style, the Sarasota High School was designed by esteemed Florida architect, M. Leo Elliott. The 57,000 square foot building opened its doors to students from the 7th-12th grade in the fall of 1927 and flourished for almost 70 years. In 1984 the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Although the school closed its doors in 1996, members of the community felt attached to the building and inspired to find its new purpose.

一道本不卡免费高清Fast-forward to 2002, the start of a two-year process of community involvement and consensus-building known as the Sarasota High School New Life Initiative. Funders of the New Life Initiative included the School Board, the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, the Selby Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and private donors. More than 200 potential uses of the historic building were considered.

In October 2004, the School Board voted to lease the historic Sarasota High School to Ringling College of Art and Design to transform the building into the Sarasota Art Museum.


Get in on it!




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The Sarasota Art Museum promises to be a dynamic destination for exhibiting visually compelling and conceptually challenging contemporary art. Our continued success depends on the generosity of people like you who support our mission.  




Attend the opening of Sarasota's newest cultural institution at the Gala this December.