Close the Ringling Museum of Art? Really?
One of the cost-saving ideas FSU has floated in response to the Legislature's threat of enormous budget cuts is to shutter the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, emptying the grounds and buildings of everyone but security guards. Some say it's a game of brinkmanship over the fate of the internationally famous Sarasota institution. It's the largest university museum complex in the United States, with a world-class collection of Old Master paintings in its art museum.
Photo gallery: The treasures that are the Ringling