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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

The Return of Frank Rampolla at The Ringling Gallery

Jul 01, 2014 03:05AM

This exhibition features selected work from Frank Rampolla (1931-1971), a renowned teacher at Ringling College in the ‘60s that explores the beauty and tragedy of the human condition.

     Although Frank Rampolla passed away at the young age of 40, his legacy as an artist and teacher lives on in his work and work of the students he influenced. Working mostly figuratively, Rampolla produced prolifically, as he knew his life would be short. His powerful images reflect the social and political turbulence of his times as well as the drama of the Catholic liturgy.

     After completing studies at The Art Students League of New York, The Cooper Union and Boston University, he began teaching at Ringling College of Art and Design in 1960. In 1968 he moved to the University of South Florida in Tampa where he taught until his death. His work is in the collections of The Ringling Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, The Mint Museum, The National Gallery of Art, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, to mention a few.

     Opening reception is July 18, 5 p.m. to7 p.m. Gallery tour July 21, 11:30 a.m. with gallery staff and Fiore Custode, former student of Frank Rampolla and retired Ringling College faculty member. 


Location: Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota. For more information about Frank Rampolla and his work, visit For information on hours, phone 941-359-7563, email: [email protected] or visit 

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