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Director's Welcome

Welcome to The Ringling!

Steven High, Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Please join me in welcoming the return of the printed Members Magazine! We are categorizing this as the first step in a return to a more normal sense of operations at The Ringling. Our team worked to initially reinvent the museum, and is now busy with reinvigorating all things Ringling. For inspiration, we simply have to look out the window at the breathtaking beauty of our 66-acre campus or take a stroll through our magnificent galleries. For the last year, we have made every effort to provide a safe, clean place of respite for our members and visitors. We will continue those efforts, as more of you are able to return to campus. And be assured that we will continue to reach out to you via our virtual and online initiatives as long as necessary. We don’t want you to miss a single program, exhibition, or event! 

We are pleased to have on view Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening. This exhibition, running through August 15, 2021, is a brilliant display of this Japanese artist’s work and is his first retrospective in the United States.  A beautiful catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Skyway 20/21: A Contemporary Collaboration opens June 21. This exhibition, created in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, is a celebration of artistic practices and highlights the work of artists in the Tampa Bay area.

Circus is always in our hearts and vision. I invite you to learn more about The Ringling Archives and the work they are doing in restoring the historic circus films of Buster Bailey. We are honored to introduce you to fellow member Hudson Smith and his generous gift to the Museum, given as a tribute to his childhood memories of attending the circus with his grandfather. And, speaking of circus, don’t miss this issue’s story about how we are honoring Women in Circus. 

I look forward to seeing you soon! 

Steven High
Executive Director

Steven High
Executive Director

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