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Ringling College of Arts—Sarasota’s Pride

Ringling College

There are so many things that Sarasota takes pride in and put the city on the search map of luxury homebuyers. The Ringling College of Art and Design, founded in 1931, is one of these stellar attractions. For nearly 70 years, it has served as a valuable asset of the Sarasota community.

In the 40 years that our Judy Kepecz-Hays team has served the Sarasota market, we have seen how Ringling College and its graduates have helped elevate our region in the national and international consciousness.

Alumni Animators Win Oscars’ Limelight

In the Oscars early this February, some Ringling College alumni again shared a bit of the award’s limelight. These former students of the school are animators who worked in Oscar-nominated films like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Endgame, and Avengers. More than 50 Ringling College animators were also part of the crew in the 2019 Oscar-nominated productions Ralph Breaks the Internet and Incredibles.

These notable accomplishments by the graduates of Ringling College have helped elevate it among the best animation schools in the U.S. In one academic ranking, the college emerged as second and was rated ahead of other reputable schools in California and New York.

All told, Ringling College offers academic training in 13 creative disciplines. Besides computer animation, these programs include fine arts, film, game art, virtual reality development, and creative writing.

School on Expansion Mode

As of fall 2019, 1,660 students are enrolled in the school’s campus on the northeast quadrant of U.S. 41 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The school expects its enrolment to grow further, and it opened additional facilities recently including a new library, a soundstage complex and a visual arts center.

A further expansion of the 49-acre Ringling College complex north of downtown Sarasota is now in the works. In January, the Sarasota City Commission approved the proposal of the school to amend the Ringling Overlay District. Among other things, this approval paves the way for expanding the school’s footprint up north to Guilford Lane and Patterson Drive.

Down the southeast corner U.S. 41 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, the school plans to build a “signature building” primarily for academic facilities and gallery space. A new on-campus residential hall and a dining hall are also on the drawing boards of the expansion plan of Ringling College. The school is notably consulting its neighboring residential communities to address potential issues and concerns.

Separately, the school expanded its presence south of downtown Sarasota. Last December, it opened the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College that features exhibits of contemporary artwork.

Notably, this art museum’s building is also host to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI). Here, Sarasota residents, as well as those from Manatee County, can choose from various courses covering such topics as finance, foreign language, technology, and politics.

OLLI is also the place to attend lectures on relevant topics. This February-March, the institute is holding a six-session series—“Listening to Women” featuring lady achievers in their chosen fields.

The Ringling College of Art and Design is but one of the many elements that combine to raise the quality of life in Sarasota and add value to local properties. We can share more on the other important factors that are involved in the sale or purchase of a local residence. Call our email our Judy Kepecz-Hays team today!