Event Rentals

Host your event at Sarasota Art Museum – Sarasota’s only contemporary art museum. Housed in the 1926 M. Elliott-designed former Sarasota Senior High School, SAM features 15,000 square feet of gallery and event space, on-site Bistro, auditorium, outdoor Plaza and extensive grounds. Entertain your guests in our modern indoor and outdoor spaces – perfect for business meetings, conferences, cocktail receptions, weddings, baby showers, intimate dinner parties and more. Catering provided exclusively by Constellation Culinary Group.

Rental Inquiries and Information

Contact Director of Special Events and Rentals Laura Stuart Wood lwood1@ringling.educreate new email

Thomas McGuire Hall

Located in the mid-century modern Paul Rudolph building, McGuire Hall is vibrantly adorned with a stunning mural by Jose Alvarez. This room can be transformed to meet the needs of many different types of events. Floor to ceiling windows on the East side of the room allow an indoor-outdoor feel to your event without leaving the comforts of an indoor space.

Capacity: 140 seated or 170 reception

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Surrounded by beautiful architecture on either side, this lovely, outdoor paved space is the perfect location for your evening under the stars. 

Capacity: 160 seated or 300 reception

Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby

Where historic meets modern, one side of our stunning lobby boasts the Collegiate-Gothic style of esteemed Florida architect M. Leo Elliott while the other side was thoughtfully renovated by architect Terry Riley and dons the colorful artwork of artist Leah Rosenberg.

Capacity: 70 seated or 110 reception

Jan Schmidt Loggia

This intimate, picture perfect space is located right outside of our 2nd floor galleries and overlooks the Museum Plaza. For a small reception, family style or formal dinner this space provides an eye-catching backdrop for your special event.

Capacity: 20 seated or 30 reception


Located in Paul Rudolph’s 1959 Vocational Shops building, the Bistro is a bright, welcoming space inspired by Rudolph, the history of the Sarasota High School, and the 1920s provenance of the Elliot building.

Capacity: 50 seated or 80 reception

Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum
Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum
Photo: Rich Schineller

Tom & Sherry Koski Tower

Capacity: 100 seated

Wedding ceremonies only

Tom & Sherry Koski Gallery
Tom & Sherry Koski Gallery
Photo: Katie Beiler

Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium

Capacity: 100

Great Lawn

Capacity: 500

Contact Us

Interested in one of our spaces? We would love to help you host your perfect event! Please contact Laura Stuart Wood at lwood1@ringling.educreate new email if you are interested in hosting an event in one of our spaces.