Like other graduating seniors across the nation, Ringling College of Art and Design students had to surrender some traditions in the year of COVID-19, including actual physical gallery exhibitions for their senior thesis shows. But, with access to some of the most up-to-date technology around, the college is still giving students a chance to show—and audiences a chance to view—their work.
The website www.ringlingthesis.com serves as the focal point around which everything related to the senior thesis shows revolves. According to Tim Jaeger, director and chief curator of galleries and exhibitions at the college, the shows will provide a “truly virtual” experience. Rather than following along as a curator walks through the galleries pointing out works of art, viewers will enter the site (consisting of a number of different gallery spaces) on their own, “walk” around to explore, and can click on an artwork on the wall to see its information—title, media, student name, etc.—and from there also link to the student’s website to see more. Plus, he adds, the exhibitions will be online for the summer, as a record and a reference.
All of the college’s majors are featured, starting at 4 p.m. May 7. A special one-time only screening for computer animation works takes place 7 p.m. May 7; one for film at 7 p.m. May 8.
Also, the annual juried show Best of Ringling, featuring selected works from students in all levels and majors opens at www.ringling.edu at 5 p.m. May 6. Get your fill of this year’s finest student works.