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Drop-In Hours (Fall and Spring Semester)

Monday - Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or by appointment
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Closed January 21, 2019 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Ringling College of Art + Design
2nd floor of the Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

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Janelle Rebel
Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian
(941) 359-7583

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier
Digital Collections Assistant
(941) 309-4055

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Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center

The Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center specializes in artists’ publication projects, prints, and rare books.

Hands-On Object-Based Research
Gather ideas for a creative project, engage in scholarly research, or discover something new. Gain hands-on experience utilizing original source materials in our reading room, and explore our unique collections through an active exhibition program and campus events.

Collection Types
We have a growing and diverse survey of contemporary artists' publication projects from the 1960s to the present; a study collection of broadsides and prints; rare and semi-rare books from the mid 18th century to the present; and more.

You'll find: broadsides, democratic multiples, documentation of time-based and performance projects, engravings, exhibition publications, experimental writing, fine press books, flip books, handmade editions, historic facsimiles, parlor toys, photo-bookworks, prints, rare books, and zines.

Open to Everyone
Open to students, staff, faculty, art and design practitioners, and the general public. 
If you’d like to schedule a research consultation, class visit, or group tour please contact our Center staff in advance.

Faculty Resources
As a teaching resource for faculty, the Center can be booked for class visits, reading events, critique sessions, performances, and extracurricular activities. Center staff provide orientations to the collections, pull pertinent resources in advance of a class visit, suggest ways of incorporating the materials into project briefs and assignments, and design activities utilizing the collections.

Current Exhibitions

Step and Repeat: Pattern in Artists’ Publications

Opens November 9, 2018 -- Extended through January 2019
Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center

Step and Repeat excavates the pleasures of pattern in the coverings, interiors, linings, and details of thirty artists’ publications. Visually arranged into conceptual motifs (flora & fauna, power, psychedelic, geometric, experimental, liquid, figures, and security), these books aim to mesmerize, distract, propel, disrupt, and entice the reader.

Open late for Art Walk on Friday, January 18, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.! The exhibit will expand into the reading room with additional publications showcasing the use of pattern in artists' books.


Textile and Wallpaper Block Printing, 18th to 20th c.

Opens November 9, 2018
Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center hallway

This new permanent exhibit presents a historical snapshot of the hand and machine processes involved in creating pattern blocks and producing decorative designs for wearable textiles and home furnishings. The blocks, castings, and roller on display were generously donated to the Center by Patrick Lindhardt, Professor Emeritus, Ringling College of Art + Design.