Ringling art school - college of art and design


Named for Sarasota, Florida circus owner, John Ringling (1866-1936), and conceived by Dr. Ludd Spivey, then President of Florida Southern College, it was located at Sarasota Springs, Florida. The full name, incorporating the name of Ringling's deceased first wife, was the School of Fine and Applied Art of the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum. It opened in 1931; within two years had 75 students; and was renamed Ringling School of Art. The School became a member of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities. American artists who were students include Lanford Monroe, Stan Davis, and Stephen Young. Among teachers were Lucile Blanch and Wilmer Richter. Sources: Wikipedia; AskART database (LPD)