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Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD) is a private college focused on art and design and located in Sarasota, Florida.[5] It was founded by Ludd M. Spivey as an art school in 1931 as a remote branch of Southern College but separated by 1933.

History

The school was established in 1931, as a remote branch of Southern College.[5] The art school separated from Southern College and became an independent nonprofit institution in 1933 and has changed names several times. It qualified for full accreditation as a degree-granting institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on December 11, 1979. Upon joining as a member, accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art was granted in 1984.

The campus included the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, which operated from 1952 to 2017.[6][7]

Academics

The college offers BFA degrees and BA degrees and operates on a semester academic term system.[5]

Library

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library is an informational, educational, and social hub for RCAD’s students and faculty.[8] Designed specifically for its creative students, the library’s collection includes children’s literature, game arts, graphic novels, letterpress, book arts, pop up books, special collections, reference, and online resources.[9] The 46,000-square-foot library houses over 75,000 books and periodicals.[10]

The library hosts an independent art publishing book fair called Paper Jam. Organized jointly with Letterpress and Book Arts Center and the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center and in collaboration with SRQ Zine Fest, the annual event features a wide array of creative books and experimental printed items that highlight local and diverse perspectives.[11]

The library originated as a first floor location on the east side of campus. Its new modern facility, completed in January of 2017, is centrally located, physically representing the mission of the library as the heart of its college. The $20 million dollar library, designed by Shepley Bulfinch and Sweet Sparkman Architects, is significantly larger than its predecessor. It features furnishings selected by RCAD students, bright colors, a 24-hour lab, a café, ten group study areas, and 4 terraces overlooking Whitaker Bayou. American Libraries, a publication of the American Library Association, featured the Alfred R. Goldstein Library in its yearly Library Design Showcase later in 2017.[12][13][14]

Alfred Goldstein, the library’s namesake, was a local benefactor. Along with his wife Ann, he contributed to many Sarasota organizations and funded the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.[15] The library naming ceremony took place on February 15, 2016.[16]

Misconduct allegation

On June 22, 2020, an alumni of the school, Megan Ruiz, openly warned on Twitter against being near Christopher Shaffer, a now-former college administrator, and associate dean of residence life.[17] Since Ruiz's post, she had gathered accusations by other former students of Shaffer mishandling of multiple issues. Two days later, the college released a statement that there was an investigation into Shaffer's "alleged behavior."[17] After these allegations came to light, Shaffer filed a defamation lawsuit against Ruiz for spreading a "false story" in an interview with the The Bradenton Herald, a local newspaper.[18] The lawsuit claims that the college's investigation had concluded that "no wrongdoing" by Shaffer had occurred, however the college disputed the notion that the investigation had completed. On September 10, 2020, college president Larry Thompson released a letter that Shaffer had been fired, and had announced changes to their reporting system.[19]

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ "About us". Ringling College of Art and Design. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Leadership & Administration". Ringling College of Art and Design. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "At A Glance 2018-19" (PDF). Ringling College of Art and Design. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Overview of Ringling College of Art and Design". US News.[5] The art school separated from Southern College and became an independent nonprofit institution in 1933 and has changed names several times. It qualified for full accreditation as a degree-granting institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on December 11, 1979. Upon joining as a member, accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art was granted in 1984.

    The campus included the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, which operated from 1952 to 2017.[6][7]

    Academics

    The college offers BFA degrees and BA degrees and operates on a semester academic term system.[5]

    Library

    The Alfred R. Goldstein Library is an informational, educational, and social hub for RCAD’s students and faculty.[8] Designed specifically for its creative students, the library’s collection includes children’s literature, game arts, graphic novel

    The campus included the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, which operated from 1952 to 2017.[6][7]

    The college offers BFA degrees and BA degrees and operates on a semester academic term system.[5]

    Library

    The

    The Alfred R. Goldstein Library is an informational, educational, and social hub for RCAD’s students and faculty.[8] Designed specifically for its creative students, the library’s collection includes children’s literature, game arts, graphic novels, letterpress, book arts, pop up books, special collections, reference, and online resources.[9] The 46,000-square-foot library houses over 75,000 books and periodicals.[10]

    The library hosts an independent art publishing book fair called Paper Jam. Organized jointly with Letterpress and Book Arts Center and the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center and in collaboration with SRQ Zine Fest, the annual event features a wide array of creative books and experimental printed items that

    The library hosts an independent art publishing book fair called Paper Jam. Organized jointly with Letterpress and Book Arts Center and the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center and in collaboration with SRQ Zine Fest, the annual event features a wide array of creative books and experimental printed items that highlight local and diverse perspectives.[11]

    The library originated as a first floor location on the east side of campus. Its new modern facility, completed in January of 2017, is centrally located, physically representing the mission of the library as the heart of its college. The $20 million dollar library, designed by Shepley Bulfinch and Sweet Sparkman Architects, is significantly larger than its predecessor. It features furnishings selected by RCAD students, bright colors, a 24-hour lab, a café, ten group study areas, and 4 terraces overlooking Whitaker Bayou. American Libraries, a publication of the American Library Association, featured the Alfred R. Goldstein Library in its yearly Library Design Showcase later in 2017.[12][13][14]

    Alfred Goldstein, the library’s namesake, was a local benefactor. Along with his wife Ann, he contributed to many Sarasota organizations and funded the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.[15] The library naming ceremony took place on February 15, 2016.[16]

    On June 22, 2020, an alumni of the school, Megan Ruiz, openly warned on Twitter against being near Christopher Shaffer, a now-former college administrator, and associate dean of residence life.[17] Since Ruiz's post, she had gathered accusations by other former students of Shaffer mishandling of multiple issues. Two days later, the college released a statement that there was an investigation into Shaffer's "alleged behavior."[17] After these allegations came to light, Shaffer filed a defamation lawsuit against Ruiz for spreading a "false story" in an interview with the The Bradenton Herald, a local newspaper.[18] The lawsuit claims that the college's investigation had concluded that "no wrongdoing" by Shaffer had occurred, however the college disputed the notion that the investigation had completed. On September 10, 2020, college president Larry Thompson released a letter that Shaffer had been fired, and had announced changes to their reporting system.[19]

    Notable alumni