Resources in Art History
New College Art History students are fortunate to have two of Florida's greatest art museums within easy walking and driving distance from campus. Our campus literally straddles the world-renowned John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which features paintings and sculptures by Bernini, Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough and a host of others. The museum offers free admission to students and acts as a sort of living laboratory where Art History students gain real-world experience as art historians through internships, by conducting research in the museum library, and by hosting lectures for museum patrons.
Just 45 minutes north of campus, the Dali Museum in nearby St. Petersburg, FL, is home to 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, bookworks, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts, and an extensive archive of documents from the great Spanish artist, Salvador Dali. Numerous students in our Art History program have enjoyed internships and research opportunities at the museum.
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"Sharing the Scholarship" is an annual student art lecture series between New College and the Ringling Museum Library. Student papers are selected from courses taught by New College Professor of Art History Cris Hassold, who says the series “gives the students the opportunity to be heard and to reach a wider audience.” The lectures give students the chance to explore their own ideas about works of art and share these ideas with the wider community. The free lectures take place in the Ringling Museum’s Johnson-Blalock Education Center and are open to the general public.