The Sarasota Art Museum (SAM) of Ringling College is a contemporary art museum (known as a kunsthalle, an art museum without a permanent collection) that will open this Saturday, December 14, 2019. Anchoring the Ringling College Museum Campus, the Museum has 15K square feet of dedicated exhibition gallery space, a café, retail shop, auditorium for educational events, performance and film, a sculpture courtyard and extensive grounds and facilities where one can engage with site-specific and site-responsive art experiences.
SAM resides in the former Sarasota High School building, which welcomed its last public school students 23 years ago. After years of fundraising, design modifications, and construction they are excited to welcome over 125,000 visitors a year, not counting the thousands more who will take part in educational programming on the museum campus.
Along the way, the museum also acquired two adjacent properties, The Works, a former furniture showroom designed in 1959 by Sarasota School of Architecture luminary Victor Lundy (although Lundy’s original design was later, sadly, all but obliterated in later uses for the building); and then in 2015, the Rudolph Building designed in 1959, by acclaimed architect Paul Rudolph. The Rudolph adds 18,000 square feet to the overall space, housing classrooms, a café, and a multipurpose meeting room.