There should be something for just about every art lover to gaze upon in the exhibits that now occupy the Ringling College of Art and Design's galleries, four of them on the campus and one in its Project Space 340 downtown.
Three of the shows just opened to the public this week, with appointments necessary (email [email protected] or call 941-359-7563) to take in the shows, and masks required. You can also see all of the campus exhibitions online.
On view in the Lois and David Stulberg Gallery is Richard Mayhew: Transcendence (richardmayhew.com), celebrating the publication of thee now 97-year-old Mayhew's first monograph. Mayhew has been working over decades on landscape paintings that explore African-American identity, along with jazz music and the Abstract Expressionist movement. He was a member of Spiral, a collective of Black artists including Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis and Hale Woodruff, in the 1960s.
A show in the Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. Gallery pays homage to the technique of collage with Cutting Edge: American Collage 1935-Present (cuttingedgeamericancollage.com). The works displayed here range from seemingly very simple to increasingly complex, and artists represented include Bearden, John Chamberlain, Sue Coe, Balcomb Greene, Grace Hartigan and Andy Warhol, among others.
In the Ringling's Patricia Thompson Alumni and Skylight Gallery, Ringling alum Curtis Anderson responds to the destruction of the Black community that continues to haunt the country through the lens of a Black Christian man with The Story I'll Tell--The Mixtape (curtisandersonmixtape.com). Through several mini-portraiture photo series, this exhibition highlights the topics of nationalism, race, identity, unity and life in Jesus Christ.
The Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery celebrates A Few of Our Favorite Things (baschgallery.com), displaying works from the couple's glass sculpture collection. Glass artists Laura Donefer, Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Colin Heaney and more demonstrate that the art of glass is anything but repetitive, as their work encompasses different styles and subject matter. All of these exhibits continue through March 27.
Finally, in the college's downtown space, Project Space 340 at 340 Central Ave., Everything Must Go presents works by fine arts seniors Musa Kunene, Emily Heiler, Jose Linares, Athena Nugent, Ale Salaman and Ro Maiti, using sculpture, painting, drawing and film in reflections on the complexities of domestic objects and spaces. That show continues through March 12 only.
For more information, visit ringling.edu/galleries.