Customize your Membership - Become a Friend of The Ringling
Explore a new way to get involved at The Ringling. Members of Friends Groups enjoy unique opportunities to learn about specific areas in The Ringling’s collections, to participate in special programs, and to build relationships with curators and others who share similar interests, all in a behind-the-scenes setting. Friends Groups also represent an important source of support for new acquisitions and programming within each curatorial department.
Annual Dues are $125 per person and one must be a member of The Ringling to participate.
For information about Friends Groups please call 941-360-7330
Friends of The Ringling Legacy
Celebrate the history of John and Mable Ringling and their vision for their private home, art museum, and the circus that made it all possible. Friends of the Ringling Legacy will have unique opportunities to explore:
Ca' d'Zan: the Venetian Gothic masterpiece mansion of the Ringlings.
The Museum of Art: featuring the Ringling's renowned collection of Old Masters.
The Circus Museum: exploring the history of the circus and the role of the circus today.
Bayfront Gardens: including Mable’s Rose Garden and diverse plantings found on the 66 acre estate.
Friends of Art of Our Time
Connect with curators, scholars, collectors and individuals with an interest in modern and contemporary art. Events hosted by Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Matthew McLendon and Curator of Performance Dwight Currie will be held exclusively for the Friends of Art of Our Time providing unique opportunities to engage with artists, performers, and the contemporary and modern works found in The Ringling’s permanent collection.
Friends of The Art Library
Celebrate the great resource that is The Ringling Art Library. Built on the cornerstone of John Ringling’s personal book collection, it has grown into one of the most comprehensive art research libraries in the southeastern United States. Friends explore rare limited editions featuring historic and contemporary art, from antique folios with beautiful hand-colored plates, to new titles highlighting the most influential artists of today. Friends are invited to meet with experienced Librarians leading behind-the-scenes tours, lectures, and receptions showcasing the Library’s unique collections.
Friends of Asian Art
Connect with curators, scholars, collectors and individuals with an interest in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia. Events hosted by The Ringling's Curator of Asian Art and Asian Art Coordinator will be held exclusively for the Friends of Asian Art including exhibition viewings, guest lectures and close examination of artworks and techniques represented in the Asian art collections.