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The Ringling News

01 December 2023

Community Gallery

by The Ringling

What is the Ringling Community Gallery?

The Ringling Community Gallery is a free public exhibition space dedicated to displaying works of art produced by community-based, non-profit, or student groups in the local Sarasota/Manatee area. It is intended to make the museum more inclusive and accessible to our community. It is located on the ground floor of our Center for Asian Art. The Community Gallery is generously funded by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

What is the process for submitting an exhibition proposal for the Community Gallery?

Please check our website or email [email protected] to see when we will be accepting new proposals.  All interested groups must submit a brief application that outlines their proposed exhibition and provides background information about the group. An inter-departmental group of museum staff will review the applications and make selections.  Please note that we receive significantly more applications than we can accommodate, so priority will be given to those proposals that best represent the Ringling’s commitment to equity.

The Community Gallery is located on the first level of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art, and admission to the gallery is always free. Please let our visitor services staff know upon arrival that you will be visiting the gallery.

Check out our FAQ at the following link for more information about our Community Gallery. Community Gallery FAQ

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Winter/Spring 2024 – Easter Seals Southwest Florida

Summer 2024 – Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County

Fall 2024 – Sumi-E Society

Winter/Spring 2025 – South Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild

Summer 2025 – Streets of Paradise


Past Exhibitions

Academy at Glengary: Art of Recovery

Fabulous Arts Foundation: Drag Culture Timeline

Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Students Respond 

The Art of Medicine – In collaboration with Sarasota County Medical Society

Art at Home – In collaboration with Ringling Family and Outreach programs 

The Edge Becomes the Center: A Contemplation on Community – In collaboration with the Senior Friendship Center and RCAD students

A Centennial Celebration: The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Ringlings – In collaboration with the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Ringling Re-Imagined – In collaboration with Ringling Family and Outreach Programs

Looking for Angola – In collaboration with New College professor Uzi Baram, his students, and community scholar Vickie Oldham.

Art from Within: Selections from the Ringling Museum’s Staff 

Welcome to our World: Visual Literacy and Collective Knowledge – In collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County

Unidos Somos Más – In collaboration with UnidosNow

Glimpse of the Artist: A Community Celebration in collaboration with the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition


Contact information:

If you have additional questions about the Community Gallery, please contact: [email protected]

The Community Gallery is generously funded by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County