‘Eco-Poetic’ Art Exhibit, a collaboration of Ringling and New College of Florida Students, opens at The Works

From Herald Tribune, January 16, 2020

Ringling and New College of Florida students create pop-up art exhibit on environmental and community issues at Sarasota Art Museum’s The Works.

‘Spatial Ecologies’: On display 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Works, 891 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Opening reception 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

Local college students are addressing environmental and community issues in a pop-up exhibit this weekend at The Works, part of the Sarasota Art Museum.

The free exhibit, running Saturday and Sunday, is the culmination of art projects from a semester-long class taught last fall called Spatial Ecologies, an interdisciplinary look on environmental science and artistic expression. The class was offered as a cross-college course for New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design students, and was taught by faculty from both colleges.

The class was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, which provided funds for the students and faculty to use a variety of resources and material to create their artwork over the course of the semester.

When they first received the grant, Dr. Emily Saarinen, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at New College, and Wes Kline, of Ringling College’s Photography and Imaging faculty, knew they wanted to create a project that combined both of their research fields.

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Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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