Drop-In Hours (Fall and Spring Semester)
Monday - Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or by appointment
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Closed Monday, November 18, 2019
Ringling College of Art + Design
2nd floor of the Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234
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. As material objects with specific histories, the items in the Special Collections Center can be a great way to explore questions about conception, production, circulation, readership, and cultural histories.
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. See our Collection Highlights for examples.
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 & Curricular Support
As a teaching resource for faculty, the Center can be booked for class visits, critique sessions, performances, and extracurricular activities. See Using the Center for details. The Special Collections Librarian provides orientations to the collections, pulls pertinent resources in advance of a class visit, suggests ways of incorporating materials into project briefs and assignments, designs activities utilizing the collections, and leads exhibition tours/discussions. Interested faculty/classes are also invited to collaborate with the Center on exhibitions and special projects.
First Impressions: Broadsides and Books of Chance
Opens December 11, 2019
Reception: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
An exhibition of student work from the fall 2019 elective course ELEC 220: Intro to Letterpress, led by adjunct faculty Bridget Elmer, Coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center. Featuring projects by Caio Arias Nogueria, Kelly Campbell, Louise Fung, Minna Gannon, Holly Greaves Brown, James Harris, Kassidy Hernandez, Lochlainn Kane, Konrad Losiak, Piper McMahon, Rebecca Miranda, Esther Sitver, Valerie Turner, Dannie Wang, and Miranda Williams.