Stakeholder Spotlight: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation

Meet the organizations that have signed on to support Sarasota Bayfront 20:20!

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

How long has your organization been around? John and Mable Ringling’s dream was to transform Sarasota into a cultural and education center and in Ringling’s will he bequeathed his mansion, museum and art collections, all created in the 1920s, to the people of the State of Florida. Governance of the museum was passed to Florida State University in 2000.

How many members do you have? Approximately 8,000.

Who are your board members and/or leadership? Steven High, Executive Director; Michael E. Urette, Chair; Paul G. Hudson, Vice Chair; Nancy J. Parrish, Treasurer; Jane Skogstad, Secretary. Other Board members: Madeleine H. Berman, Daniel J. Denton, Dorothy C. Jenkins, Nancy J. Parrish, Michael R. Pender Jr., Rebecca Donelson, Kenneth J. Feld, Priscilla M. Greenfield, Patrick J. Hennigan PhD, Patricia R. Lombard, Clifford L. Walters III, Thomas J. Charters, George R. Ellis, Frances D. Fergusson PhD, Michele D. Redwine, Howard C. Tibbals, James B. Tollerton, Darrel E. Flanel, Jeffrey R. Hotchkiss, Thomas W. Jennings PhD, Thomas B. Luzier, Ina L. Schnell.

What’s your mission? The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is administered by Florida State University. It features an historic mansion, art museum, circus museum, historic theater and reference library, situated on 66 acres along Sarasota Bay north of the city. The Ringling serves as the legacy of John and Mable Ringling – a place of art, architecture and circus in an environment that inspires, educates and entertains.

What are your hopes for the future of the bayfront? As with the museum, we would like to see the downtown bayfront become more than ever a place where the public can enjoy the beauty of Sarasota’s natural and cultural endowments.