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Director's Welcome

Welcome to The Ringling!

Steven High, Executive Director

While it is hard to believe that a new year is upon us, we are very enthusiastic to begin a fresh decade at The Ringling. This year will be filled with stellar exhibitions, thought-provoking conversations, fabulous performances, activities for energetic families and the expansion of our outreach into the community. 

I am excited that we will be reopening the Original Circus Museum in February after six months of renovation and reinstallation of the collections. The new design will highlight the collection with a fresh look, insightful reinterpretations, and increased accessibility. 

We also eagerly anticipate welcoming the inventive work of Howie Tsui. His Retainers of Anarchy is a fusion of fantastical martial arts tropes and characters presented in the form of a large-scale animated drawing. If you have not yet seen the other exhibitions we currently have on view— Ai Weiwei: Zodiac (2018) LEGO, Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed, Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Specters and Parables, Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection, or Sun Xun: Time Spy, there is still time! 

Our sensational Art of Performance series continues with its spring season. Audiences will be delighted with diverse presentations including puppetry, innovative Flamenco dance, classical music, and many more. We will be celebrating Earth Day at The Ringling April 22 as the Artichoke Dance Company treats us to an innovative performance in the Museum of Art Courtyard. 

Spring at The Ringling brings a resurgence to Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, which is part of our 66-acre Level 2 arboretum. The garden has undergone some renovations and has been replanted with hardier bushes that are able to withstand the Florida climate. Look for an even more magnificent display  of blooms! 

We welcome 2020 and we look forward to seeing you at the museum! 

Steven High
Executive Director

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