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Director's Welcome

Welcome to The Ringling!

Steven High, Executive Director

We greatly value all our members and visitors! Your steadfast support for The Ringling is amazing and heartening to all of us who work to present educational programs, fascinating exhibitions, and unique performances for our members and visitors. As we enter May and the summer months, we leave behind an immensely successful winter season. During the months of January through April we welcomed over 150,000 visitors and exceeded 2019’s admission income by over 5%. We opened new exhibitions and began providing more programs in person and moved toward a new normal following the past two years of challenges. 

Following his critical success with the exhibition Metadata, Christopher Jones, the Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art at The Ringling, once again curates an immensely important show for The Ringling. The exhibition, Highlights from the Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Collection of Photography celebrates the first showing of works from the significant gift of over 1,000 photographic images that represent some of the most important photo-based artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Highlights include works by Berenice Abbott, Ruth Bernhard, Eugène Atget, and many others. The Kaplans’ generous gift also included endowments for the Curator of Photography and New Media position and for the Photography program. These endowments ensure that Photography and New Media will continue to be an important component of The Ringling’s work in exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions into the future. We are indebted to the Kaplans for their foresight and generosity.

Also featured is the exhibition The world is just so small, now. Developed for the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery by Ola Wlusek, The Ringling’s Monda Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, this exhibition highlights work on paper, including many recent additions to the collection. This is the first time many of these works have been displayed in the galleries and we are thrilled to showcase the wide range and diversity of the collection for our community.

We all were saddened to learn of the passing of Howard Tibbals in March of this year. Howard was an icon in our community and in the world of circus. His masterpiece, The Howard Bros. Circus Model, is an accomplishment that must be seen to be appreciated. Howard spent roughly 20 hours a week over six decades creating this model of the tented circus in America in the 1930s and there is simply no better way to understand this era than to visit the Howard Bros. Circus.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Ringling!

Steven High
Executive Director

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