The Ringling Welcomes Two Artists in Residency This Fall

Arts & Culture


The John & Mable Ringling museum of Art is pleased to welcome two Artists in Residence as part of the Art of Performance program.  John Sims, a Sarasota based artist and writer and Liony Garcia, a dancer and choreographer from Miami will be working on-site at The Ringling this fall. Besides in-studio creative development of new projects, both artists will engage with the public through artist’s talks, with dates to be released later in 2020. 

John Sims, a Detroit native is a conceptual artist, writer and social justice activist, who creates art and curatorial projects spanning the areas of installation, performance, text, music, film and large-scale activism, informed by mathematics, design, the politics of white supremacy, sacred symbols/anniversaries, and poetic/political text. Liony Garcia is a dancer and choreographer based in Miami, Florida

Dr. Elizabeth Doud, Currie-Kohlman Curator of Performance said, “The Ringling is not only a center for the presentation of live performance, but also an incubator of new creative projects by living artists of all disciplines. The Art of Performance hosts artists-in-residence in the Perret Performance Studio in which choreographers, composers, circus artists, theater makers and other practitioners can test ideas, experiment with new artistic language and invest in the performance of tomorrow. We know that working artists need space and time to work, and that institutional support for creative endeavors feeds the ecology of the cultural landscape. As a public museum committed to access, inspiration and innovative ideas, we make space and time available to individual artists and projects annually.” 

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