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Ringling College Receives Technology Funding Gift from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in Collaboration with Sol Schwartz
By Murray Devine / September 23, 2015

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in collaboration with noted artist Sol Schwartz have provided a gift of $31,000 for the purchase of essential technology for the new Ringling College Library.  

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County gift was made from matching funds made available because of Mr. Schwartz’s contributions to the Foundation. As a renowned published sketch artist, Mr. Schwartz has a deep understanding of what aspiring artists need. In addition, his affinity for technology has led him and the Community Foundation to identify and collaborate to underwrite the equipment purchases. 

Mr. Schwartz and the Community Foundation will be providing the new Ringling College Library with a WideTek48 Wide Format Scanner, a BookEye4 High-Resolution Book Scanner and funds toward a Wacom 27QHD Creative Pen Display – state-of-the-art tools for the modern sketch artist and illustrator.

“We are delighted to support the new Ringling College Library with this gift directed by Mr. Schwartz,” said Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.  “Knowing this gift will expand and enhance learning opportunities is very gratifying.”

Mr. Schwartz began drawing on shirt cardboards from his father’s hand laundry on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He attended the High School of Music and Art and then studied at Brooklyn College and the Art Students League. Having put aside his art for 35 years while working traditional occupations, upon retirement he returned to drawing and painting in the Berkshires where he could be close to the music, theatre and art venues of western Massachusetts.

For over two decades, Mr. Schwartz has been drawing musicians, conductors, actors and dancers and has an open invitation to capture the spirit and grace of the artists during performances. His sketches and drawings can be viewed at galleries and museums, as well as online at www.solschwartz.com.  Mr. Schwartz resides in Sarasota, Florida, and Lenox, Massachusetts.

About Ringling College of Art and Design: Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Film, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Photography & Imaging, Critical and Visual Studies, Creative Writing (pending SACSCOC approval) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,500 students from 44 states and 54 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. Visit the Ringling College website, or follow Ringling College onFacebook and Twitter for more news and information.

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