Here, in an extraordinary place is an extraordinary collection of art. From the Rubens Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. The State Art Museum of Florida, this awe-inspiring palace was originally built by famed circus impresario John Ringling as a legacy to the citizens of Florida. This is a place of beauty and wonder.
Museum of Art
Using the artwork of Trenton Doyle Hancock as inspiration, we'll explore setting and storytelling in artwork. Learn about Hancock's fuzzy, striped "Bringback" characters, as well as the artist's interest in toys and the stories they tell.
In this Kids' Quest, we receive a mysterious postcard written by a figure in one of our paintings. We'll need to look carefully at the paintings and use the clues in our postcard to figure out who wrote it! After, we'll play a drawing game in the gallery.
Precarious Possessions is an installation of life-sized Victorian furniture recreated in glass sculpture. Each of the three works, Crib, Cradle, and Sideboard with Blue China represents a particular moment in our lifespan and reminds us of our ties to the objects which define us through societal conventions.
Walk along with Ringling Director of Library Services, Elisa Hansen, and explore several 17th century still life paintings with the subject of edible objects (aka food!), discuss their purpose, style, iconography, and learn something about the eating habits of the period.
What does it mean if a painting is by "the studio of Rubens"? We'll talk about different types of artistic collaboration, and work together in a drawing game.