The New College campus is the site of multiple artworks, thanks to creative projects from professors and students in the studio art program, commissions made possible by Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program, community donations, or the college’s recuperation of historic buildings, such as College Hall, that were originally part of the Charles Ringling estate. Whether inside a building or dotting the outside landscape, these publicly accessible artworks shape the spaces around them, contributing to the overall character of the surrounding campus.

Below we have provided more information on a small selection of the most visually prominent artworks on campus.

Band of Angels

Jack Cartlidge and students
Galvanized lath, cement, and steel rods
16’ h x 20′ w x 10′ d

Band of Angels, once known on the New College campus as “Big Mother,” was the brainchild of former sculpture professor Jack Cartlidge and a select group of students under his tutelage. Cartlidge was inspired, in part, by the work of English poet John Milton, and drew on the angelic imagery of Paradise Lost when creating these towering, spectral figures.

Located near the Palmer administrative buildings, the hulking sculpture is quite intimidating at first glance, but was also intended as an uplifting artwork. Its ethereal, cloth-draped appearance was achieved using an experimental technique developed by Cartlidge, whose background in military engineering made him eager to test the capabilities of building supplies and industrial materials such as steel and copper. Dubbed “Ferro Cement,” the approach used in this artwork involved a steel frame reinforced with metal piping, over which several coats of white Portland Cement, mixed with heavy duty glue and rope fibers, were applied and left to dry.

This technique allowed for the creation of distinct and visually engaging shapes and textures, a quality that is particularly evident in this sculpture due to the application of the cement by different student hands. For Band of Angels, these changing textures enhance the impression that the sculpture’s forms, commonly interpreted as angels with outstretched arms, are constantly changing and shifting. This effect is also enhanced by taking the opportunity (made possible by its location in the Palmer courtyard) to walk around the sculpture and view it from many different angles. The sculpture is thus a beautiful example of site-specific art: art created with the surrounding area in mind.



Nayda Collazo-Llorens and Patricia Villalobos Echeverria
EPS foam and latex paint
6′ h x 36′ w
Commissioned with funds provided by Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program (F.S. 255.043)

MACRO2NANO is a site-specific wall installation in the new lobby of the Heiser Natural Sciences Building, produced collaboratively by artists Nayda Collazo-Llorens and Patricia Villalobos Echeverría. Visible from both the first and second floor levels, the artwork consists of abstract sculptural forms reminiscent of organic structures or parasites that seem to be coming out of the walls. These are embedded in a mapping system, based on local Sarasota topographic maps. The title points to the macro to nano scale spectrum prevalent in the sciences.



Caples Mural

Kierra Boyd, Sarah Bradicich, Danielle Dygert, Zeyna Hadidi, and Corinne Leavengood, under the supervision of Professor Kim Anderson
Acrylic and airbrush on plaster

The five students who created this mural as an Independent Study Project hoped to convey New College of Florida’s “brilliantly unique” and generally unconventional outlook through the representation of whimsical, surreal, and fantastical creatures and environments. Each creature on the mural evokes an ecological niche, such as the “coral reef seahorse” and the “arctic doe.” These animals, along with the “father time” figure in the background, revolve around a nest symbolizing the college and the way that alumni move on with their lives, but keep New College in their hearts. Similar whimsical and surreal artworks can be found throughout the campus, as well as in other forms of student expression, including theatrical productions and student theses, tying the mural together with New College’s celebration of creative, “intellectually curious” students.

The billowing, rose-tinged purple clouds framing the mural connect it to both the wall and the sky above it, and in the dim light of dusk, the mural appears like a portal opening out from the campus onto another dimension. This portal, and the mysterious character of each of the mural’s creatures, invites the viewer to contemplate the many avenues for personal and academic exploration at New College and beyond.

Content for this webpage was generated by students Noah Cox, Abigail DeGregorio, and Gwen Roberts, Professor Katherine Brion, and librarian Cal Murgu.