Resources in Art

The New College campus is divided into three distinct areas, one of which is focused on the arts. On Bay Shore Road just south of the world-renowned John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Caples Campus occupies land once owned by railroad pioneer Ralph Caples. Bequeathed to New College in 1962, it is now home to the modern Caples Fine Arts Complex, a quadrangle of five buildings arranged around a picturesque courtyard. Here, you can find the:

• 260-seat Mildred F. Sainer Art & Music Pavilion
• Lota Mundy Music Building
• Christiane Felsmann Fine Arts Building
• Betty Isermann Gallery
• Sculpture Building
• PepsiCo Arcade and Forum

Facilities for art making include:

• A foundry, woodworking area and welding area
Painting and drawing studios with ample space for large-scale projects in oil, acrylic and watercolor
• A printmaking studio that accommodates intaglio, block printing and screen printing
• A centralized exhibition space for display and dialogue

Further down Caples Drive and overlooking Sarasota Bay, the Ralph Caples mansion is home to a number of faculty offices and seminar rooms.

Each year in May, students can present their original research at New Scholars New College. There is also an annual Senior Thesis Art Exhibit featuring a selection of artwork from the art students’ final year of studies, held either on campus or at a public gallery space in downtown Sarasota. Both New Scholars and the exhibit are wonderful opportunities to share your work with the general public.


It is no surprise to locals, but American Style Magazine made it official when it released its 2012 readers' poll of the top arts cities in the nation: for its size, you can't beat Sarasota.

Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201