Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

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Program Guide

Weekly Programs

HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am

Free for Members, Free with Museum Admission

Meet in the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby.

Join us for lively conversations and engaging activities, facilitated by Museum Guides, that offer insightful ways to engage with out current exhibitions. Learn about the themes and ideas that guide each exhibition, as well as the connection point between them.

YOUR WEDNESDAY PLAYDATE

Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm

Free for Members, Free with Museum Admission
Peggy A. Hall Classroom, 134

For early learners with an adult, Your Wednesday Playdates deliver an art project led by a professional teaching artist and interactive story times.

SATURDAY STUDIOS

Saturdays 1 pm - 3 pm

Free for Members, Free with Museum Admission
Peggy A. Hall Classroom, 134
Saturday Studios are inspired by works of art in Sarasota Art Museum’s special exhibitions. These drop-in studio workshops are designed for children and their families and caregivers, and are open to all ages.

TALKS AND TOURS

HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Free for Members, Free with Museum Admission

Meet in the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby.

Join us for lively conversations and engaging activities, facilitated by Museum Guides, that offer insightful ways to engage with out current exhibitions. Learn about the themes and ideas that guide each exhibition, as well as the connection point between them.

ARTIST TALK

Steven and William Ladd

Thursday, December 8,  from 2 – 3 pm

ARTIST TALK

Steven and William Ladd

Thursday, December 8,  from 6 – 7 pm

A CONVERSATION AND BOOK SIGNING

Jerry Saltz: ART IS LIFE

Saturday, January 14,  from 1 – 2 pm

ARTIST TALK

Molly Hatch

Saturday, January 21,  from 1 – 2 pm

CURATOR TALK

Peter Barberie

Saturday, February 4,  from 10 am – 11 am

AN AFTERNOON WITH

Alex and Maira Kalman

Saturday, February 4,  from 1 pm – 2 pm

KIDS AND FAMILIES

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM

Sunday, December 11 from 11 am – 5 pm

SHOP + STUDIOS AT SAM

Puzzlelicious

Friday, December 16 – Saturday, December 17

THE STUDIOS AT SAM

Hands-on For the Holidays

Friday, December 23  through Sunday, January 8 from 10 am – 4 pm

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM

Sunday, January 8 from 11 am – 5 pm

SPRING OPEN HOUSE

The Studios at SAM

Tuesday, January 17 from 10 am – 1 pm

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM

Sunday, February 12 from 11 am – 5 pm

PERFORMANCES AND MORE

Jazz Thursday

Holiday Jazz with Synia Carroll and Friends

Thursday, December 15 from 5:30 pm

Listen Hear

Folk Music Inspiration with Timothy Chooi and ChangYong Shin

Saturday, December 17 from 2 pm

Listen Hear

Michelle Ross: Is Music Finite or Infinite? Improvisation, Notation, Performance

Saturday, January 28 from 2 pm

Listen Hear

Max Tan, Sam Boutris, and Chelsea Wang:
Textures and Timbres

Saturday, April 15 from 2 pm

MEMBER EXCLUSIVES

December

Installation view of "Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh", Photo: Ryan Gamma
Installation view of Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Photo: Ryan Gamma

ARTIST TALK

Steven and William Ladd - 2 pm Talk + Tour

Thursday, December 8
2 -3 pm
3rd Floor Galleries

FREE for Members; $20 Not-Yet Members

Join us for a conversation with Steven and William Ladd. The artists, who are brothers, will talk about their new exhibition, Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh, their inspiration, their fascination with materials and process, and their commitment to community and society.
Installation view of "Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh", Photo: Ryan Gamma
Installation view of Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Photo: Ryan Gamma

ARTIST TALK

Steven and William Ladd - 6 pm Talk + Tour

Thursday, December 8
6 – 7 pm
3rd Floor Galleries

FREE for Members; $20 Not-Yet Members

Join us for a conversation with Steven and William Ladd. The artists, who are brothers, will talk about their new exhibition, Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh, their inspiration, their fascination with materials and process, and their commitment to community and society.
The Studios at SAM
Join us for free admission to galleries and free activities, and learn more about The Studios at SAM!

Photo: Daniel Perales

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays @ SAM Activities

Sunday, December 11
11 am – 5 pm
FREE for ALL

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum! On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances and art-making activities for the whole family.

Art Making for ALL – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From ceramics, to figure drawing, to water color and more, get creative with us each month in The Studios @ SAM.

Music on the Plaza – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join us on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza for New World music with The Believers! led by fourth-generation music educator, Sergei Glushonkov.

Asolo Repertory Theatre’ s Activating Words – 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Experience a one of kind page to stage performance where you bring the characters to life. Each month we’ll feature a new story and meet new friends.

December’s featured story:Hey Wall! by Susan Verde
There is a wall in Ángel’s neighborhood. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. But he can’t do it alone.

Rosemary Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker– 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join the Rosemary Youth Ballet at OnyxStudio2 on the Marcy presents excerpts from its version of the Nutcracker when elves sneak into the holiday party and whisk the children off to the Land of Dreams.

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

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Synia Carroll and Friends

Jazz Thursdays

Holiday Jazz with Synia Carroll and Friends

Thursday, December 15

5:30 pm – 8 pm

Sarasota Art Museum

FREE for Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

Sarasota Art Museum celebrates the holiday season with special guest artists Synia Carroll and Friends and brings artist Synia Carroll and Friends special swinging style to holiday classics.

Join us for this special evening of live jazz presented in partnership with OLLI at Ringling College and the Jazz Club of Sarasota.

Sip on refreshing cocktails, enjoy small bites in the Bistro, and SHOP for one of kind gifts. Galleries are open until 7:00 pm on Jazz Thursdays.

Jazz Thursday activities:

  • Enjoy Synia Carroll and Friends performance on Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
  • Grab dinner and drinks at Bistro, which opens at 5 pm, serving a special evening menu, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Explore the exhibitions in our galleries, with hours extended to 7 pm.
  • Treasure hunt in SHOP all evening!

Members always receive their 10% discount in SHOP & Bistro

ABOUT SYNIA CARROLL AND FRIENDS
Empowering, entertaining and effervescent…these words only begin to describe the breath of fresh air Synia Carroll brings to the music scene. Smooth and soulful, Synia Carroll and Friends will take you on a journey that is unique and refreshing.

Tickets will also be available at the gate

Please no outside food and drink

Complimentary Valet* will be provided beginning at 5PM.

*Valet parking will be provided for this Jazz Thursday concert only, due to multiple events and limited parking. Valet will be required for all guests and self-parking will not be permitted. A taxi and rideshare lane will also be available.
Timothy Chooi and Changyong Shin

Listen Hear

Folk Music Inspiration with Timothy Chooi and ChangYong Shin

Saturday, December 17
2 pm
Thomas McGuire Hall

$40 for Members; $55 Not-Yet Museum Members

Listen Hear, Sarasota Art Museum’s classical music program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents a new roster of diverse music and musicians on Saturdays at 2 pm. Curated by concert violinist Max Tan, each salon-style event includes a short, classical music program, insights from the artists, and conversation. Join us on December 17 for a folk music inspired program with Timothy Chooi (violin) and ChangYong Shin (piano).

December 17, Folk Music Inspiration with Timothy Chooi and ChangYong Shin
Listen Hear returns again with Timothy Chooi and ChangYong Shin presenting a short program of works inspired by folk music throughout Europe. Centered on Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3, the artists will also present works by Dvorak, Szymanowski, and Sarasate, sharing how folk music in the lives of each composer informs their understanding and performance.

Seating is limited; advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended.

Join us this season for additional performances on Saturdays:
January 28 and April 15, 2023

Puzzlelicious at SAM

SHOP + THE STUDIOS AT SAM

Puzzlelicious

Friday, December 16 – Saturday, December 17
Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby
Peggy A Hall Classroom

FREE for Members; Free with Museum Admission

Calling all puzzlers! Puzzle your heart out at Sarasota Art Museum on Friday, December 16 + Saturday, December 17 at Puzzlelicious. From 12 pm – 4 pm, enjoy an afternoon of puzzling, chess, sudoku, yo-yoing, and more!

Explore puzzles in Art at our Saturday Studios! On Saturday, December 17, come join us for a special puzzle-edition of Saturday Studios,  from 1 pm to 3 pm! Learn about Artists who used puzzles in their art, create your own, and see how many puzzles you can solve! Guests will also have the opportunity to collaborate on our Community Art Puzzle, where each guest colors their own special piece before adding it to the finished puzzle! All ages welcome.”

HandsOnForTheHolidays
Join us at The Studios at Sam for Hands on for the Holidays art-making activities!

The Studios At SaM

Hands-On For the Holidays

Friday, December 23 through Sunday, January 8 (Closed Christmas)
10 am – 4 pm (Closing at 3pm on 12/24 and 12/31)
Peggy A Hall Classroom, Linda & Dick Dickinson Ceramics Studio, and Sally F. Huisking Classroom

FREE for Members; Free with Museum Admission

Explore The Studios at SAM for the holidays! The Studios at SAM will be open 10am-4pm for hands-on activities Friday, December 23 through Sunday, January 8! Families and people of all ages are welcome to get creative in our art spaces. Meet our Museum Educators and Teaching Artists, dig deeper into the works on view through engaging and fun art-making projects, and join our art-ful learning community!

January

Jerry Saltz

A Conversation & Book Signing

Jerry Saltz: Art is Life

Saturday, January 14
1 pm
Thomas McGuire Hall

Conversation Tickets:
Members $35; Not-Yet Members $40
Conversation Ticket + Book:
Members $65; Not-Yet Members $70 + tax & fees
Join us for an afternoon with the fascinating and candid Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic, Jerry Saltz. He is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and the 2019 National Magazine Award as New York magazine’s Senior Art Critic. He frequently lectures about the contemporary art world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney, and now at Sarasota Art Museum!

Copies of Jerry’s latest book, Art is Life: Icons & Iconoclasts, Visionaries & Vigilantes, & Flashes of Hope in the Night will be available for purchase in the SAM SHOP or with the purchase of your conversation ticket. The talk will begin at 1 p.m. and there will be a book signing afterward at 2 p.m.
The Studios at SAM
Join us for free admission to galleries and free activities, and learn more about The Studios at SAM!

Photo: Daniel Perales

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays @ SAM Activities

Sunday, January 8
11 am – 5 pm
FREE for ALL

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum! On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances and art-making activities for the whole family.

Art Making for ALL – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From ceramics, to figure drawing, to water color and more, get creative with us each month in The Studios @ SAM.

Music on the Plaza – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join us on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza for Latin Rendezvous, a unique variety of traditional and popular music from the Americas, Europe and around the world, blending a World-Music fusion of Spanish, Iberian, Moorish, and Mediterranean rhythms and indigenous grooves.

Asolo Repertory Theatre’ s Activating Words – 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Experience a one of kind page to stage performance where you bring the characters to life. Each month we’ll feature a new story and meet new friends.

January’s featured story: Carmela Full of Wishes
by Matt de la Peña

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true–she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make.

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

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The Studios @ SAM Open House

OPEN HOUSE

The Studios at SAM - Spring Open House

Tuesday, January 17
10 am – 1 pm
Sarah F. Huisking Classroom, Linda & Dick Dickinson Ceramics Classroom, Peggy A. Hall Classroom

Free for ALL

Interested in art classes? Want to learn more but don’t know where to start? Stop by the Studios Open House at the Sarasota Art Museum! Studios @ SAM classes are open to adults at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Short-term workshops, and courses, are also available.

  • Tour the Studios @ SAM studios
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments.
  • Sample one of our class offerings.
  • Talk with Studios @ SAM students and faculty about the spring program.
  • Learn more about the benefits of Membership.
  • Register for classes and workshops.
Artist Molly Hatch
Artist Molly Hatch

Photo: John Polak

ARTIST TALK

Molly Hatch

Saturday, January 21
1 pm
Thomas McGuire Hall

Free for Members; $20 Not-Yet Members

Join us for a special afternoon with ceramic artist, designer, and illustrator Molly Hatch.

Informed by inherited objects and legacy, Hatch’s ceramic installations transform and deconstruct traditional patterns and motifs sourced from the history of decorative arts and painting.

In her talk, Hatch will discuss the process, project, and installation of her large-scale, hand-painted “plate painting” installation currently on view in the Museum’s Bistro. The work entitled Staccato features a design inspired by an 18th century Chinese export pattern from Owen Jones’ book The Grammar of Chinese Ornament over a gridded installation of 108 hand-painted earthenware plates. Hatch’s work has been exhibited internationally with large-scale permanent installations in multiple museums.
Michelle Ross

Listen Hear

Michelle Ross: Is Music Finite or Infinite? Improvisation, Notation, Performance

Saturday, January 28
2 pm
Thomas McGuire Hall

$40 for Members; $55 Not-Yet Museum Members

Listen Hear, Sarasota Art Museum’s classical music program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents a new roster of diverse music and musicians on Saturdays at 2 pm. Curated by concert violinist Max Tan, each salon-style event includes a short, classical music program, insights from the artists, and conversation. Join us on January 28 for Michelle Ross, as she explores the creative process with violin and composition.

January 28, Michelle Ross: Is Music Finite or Infinite? Improvisation, Notation, Performance
The Listen Hear series returns to explore improvised music, a mysterious intersection of creation and interpretation. Michelle Ross, an alumna of the Perlman Music Program, discusses the creative process, including her library of personal voice memos and galleries of her own manuscripts. In this recreation of her workspace, the salon features premieres of new works that Ross will improvise for all to enjoy.

Seating is limited; advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended.

Join us this season for additional performances on Saturdays:
April 15, 2023

February

"Newfoundland (Green Boat)," c. 2006
by Richard Benson (American, 1943–2017)
Multiple impression pigment print, image: 11 9/16 × 17 3/8 inches.; sheet: 12 15/16 × 19 inches.

© Estate of Richard M. A. Benson. Collection of Barbara Benson. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

CURATOR TALK

Peter Barberie

Saturday, February 4
10 am
Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium

Free for Members; $20 Not-Yet Members

Exhibition curator, Peter Barberie, will discuss the life and work of Richard Benson, an extraordinary photographer, master printer, and mentor who helped shape many of the greatest photography books of the past fifty years.

Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, originated the first major survey of Benson’s photography and edited the book that accompanies the exhibition, a volume which features works from the exhibition and comparative illustrations from several of the photography books Benson helped produce in his career.

This program is made possible, in part, with generous support from:
Dr. Eloise A. Werlin Endowed Fund

Sara ironed everything, including her socks. From the exhibition, Sara Berman’s Closet. Courtesy of the artists, Maira Kalman & Alex Kalman.
Sara ironed everything, including her socks.
From the exhibition, Sara Berman’s Closet.

Courtesy of the artists, Maira Kalman & Alex Kalman.

An Afternoon with

Alex and Maira Kalman

Saturday, February 4
1 pm
Thomas McGuire Hall

Free for Members; $20 Not-Yet Members

Join internationally acclaimed artists and authors Maira and Alex Kalman for an afternoon of artful conversation and an insider look at their exhibition and visual memoir Sara Berman’s Closet.

Maira Kalman, who was born in Tel Aviv and lives in New York City, has written and illustrated over 30 adult and children’s books, and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker. She has created textiles for Isaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade and sets for Mark Morris along with other fruitful collaborations with Nico Muhly, Michael Pollan, Alex Kalman, David Byrne, John Heginbotham, and Lemony Snicket. Her art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

Alex Kalman is a creative director, curator, and inventor who owns What Studio? The New York based gallery is devoted to “curiosity, humanism, humor, optimism, and originality.” His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. He’s also the founder of Mmuseumm, a traveling installation that displays illuminating objects from around the world in very small spaces. He recently re-created Sara Berman’s Closet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Copies of Maira and Alex Kalman’s book Sara Berman’s Closet and other titles by Maira Kalman will be available for purchase in the SAM SHOP. The talk will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a book signing with Alex and Maira at 2 p.m.

The Studios at SAM
Join us for free admission to galleries and free activities, and learn more about The Studios at SAM!

Photo: Daniel Perales

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays @ SAM Activities

Sunday, February 12
11 am – 5 pm
FREE for ALL

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum! On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances and art-making activities for the whole family.

Art Making for ALL – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From ceramics, to figure drawing, to water color and more, get creative with us each month in The Studios @ SAM.

Music on the Plaza – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join us on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza for Sarah Santiago & Big Z , Musical shape shifters, Sarah Santiago (vocalist) and Big Z (percussionist), will rock with melody and rhythm.

Asolo Repertory Theatre’ s Activating Words – 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Experience a one of kind page to stage performance where you bring the characters to life. Each month we’ll feature a new story and meet new friends.

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Logo

April

Max Tan, Sam Boutris, Chelsea Wang

Listen Hear

Michelle Ross: Is Music Finite or Infinite? Improvisation, Notation, Performance

Saturday, April 15
2 pm
Thomas McGuire Hall

$40 for Members; $55 Not-Yet Museum Members

Listen Hear, Sarasota Art Museum’s classical music program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents a new roster of diverse music and musicians on Saturdays at 2 pm. Curated by concert violinist Max Tan, each salon-style event includes a short, classical music program, insights from the artists, and conversation. Join us on April 15 for Max Tan (violin), Sam Boutris (clarinet), and Chelsea Wang (piano).

April 15: Max Tan, Sam Boutris, and Chelsea Wang: Textures and Timbres
Tan, Boutris, and Wang will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Bruch, and other gems of the chamber music repertoire revolving around the viola and clarinet. Elements of the instruments’ singing, breathing, and speaking characteristics will be compared as the artists discuss their interplay—and exchangeability—in classical music.

The concerts will be held in Thomas McGuire Hall; $40 for Members and $55 for Not-Yet Members; seating is limited; advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended.