Shinique Smith: Parade

December 16, 2023 – January 5, 2025

Parade speaks to the European artistic tradition revealing the universality of human experience explored by artists throughout time while also foregrounding notions of Black femininity and the history of the circus.

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Michele Oka Doner: The True Story Of Eve

November 18, 2023 – June 2, 2024

Michele Oka Doner (American, b. 1945) is an author and multimedia artist whose work is informed by her lifelong passion for the natural world. This solo exhibition of Oka Doner’s work will include a selection of sculptures and work on paper offering reflections on climate and ecology.

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Working Conditions

Exploring Labor through The Ringling’s Photography Collection

August 26, 2023 – March 3, 2024

Photography was introduced during the Industrial Revolution as a time- and labor-saving means of recording images. In addition to the camera’s technical use as an instrument to record, photographers have created images over the decades that have shaped how we think about work and the politics of labor. This exhibition explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century.

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Mountains of the Mind: Scholars’ Rocks from China and Beyond

August 5, 2023 – June 23, 2024

Scholars’ rocks are admired for their interesting appearances, which inspire imaginative reflection. Mountains of the Mind features scholars’ rocks of various shapes, textures, and materials, accompanied by paintings, prints, and texts that illuminate their great cultural importance for scholars across the centuries.

Red Taihu Stone
9 13/16 × 12 5/8 × 4 3/4 in.
Gift of Stan and Nancy Kaplan, 2019, SN11681.46

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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.

To visit, ask for a Community Gallery wristband at the Visitors Pavilion.

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Upcoming Exhibitions


Highlights from The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

March 9, 2024 – September 21, 2025

EMBODIED expands on the definition of the human figure by bringing together diverse representations in painting, sculpture, fiber, video, and mixed media by some of the most exciting artists working in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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On the Road

Photographs of the Traveling Circus and Carnival by Jill Freedman and Randal Levenson

April 6 – August 25, 2024

This exhibition features the work of two photographers, Jill Freedman and Randal Levenson, who entered the world of traveling entertainers—circus (for Freedman) and carnival (for Levenson)—in the 1970s.

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The Greatest Show on Earth Gallery

Opening April 6, 2024

This latest addition to the museum celebrates the era of modern circus that began with Irvin Feld’s purchase of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in 1967. The Greatest Show On Earth Gallery modernizes the museum’s expansive history of the circus by exploring the first fifty years of the Feld family’s stewardship during which the spectacle of the show brought the circus experience to new heights.

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Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration 2024

May 25, 2024 – January 26, 2025

This exhibition is partnership between five arts institutions in the Tampa Bay area, is a celebration of the region’s artistic practices.

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Past Exhibitions

Explore exhibitions displayed at The Ringling dating from the earliest record in 1947 to the present.

Please note: This project is a work in progress. More images and information will be added over time. Please visit often.

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