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7Jan/140

Richard Kaplan Named Ringling College of Art and Design’s Vice President for Marketing and Innovative Partnerships


Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson today announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Kaplan as Ringling College of Art and Design's Vice President for Marketing & Innovative Partnerships.

As Ringling College continues to evolve its programs and compete more heavily for the best and brightest students worldwide, the President stated that redefining and broadening the College brand, strengthening marketing efforts, and maximizing opportunities for additional revenue streams are essential strategies to complement its degree program offerings.

“Rich is a dynamic and innovative creative leader who served as a Creativity Champion for Ringling College’s Imagination Conversation in November 2011,” said Dr. Thompson. “He is a visionary who understands strategic marketing at the highest levels and will help make us develop this aspect as we attempt to attract new students, donors, supporters, and partners for the College. He also will help us analyze and develop new strategic partnerships to increase additional revenue streams because we can no longer continue to rely solely on the traditional tuition model in order for this institution to thrive. I am so pleased to be able to bring him to the Ringling College campus to work with us in expanding the Ringling College reputation and brand.”

In his new role, Mr. Kaplan will work with President Thompson on strategic growth initiatives. Kaplan will oversee Marketing, the madeby Gallery, and the College’s ancillary enterprises: the Englewood Art Center, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, and the Ringling College Center for Creativity/RC3. He will also focus on expanding the College’s corporate alliances and will work closely with the President’s Office and the new AVP for Collaborative Enterprises, Cynthia Gravino.

Mr. Kaplan has an extensive background in both sales and marketing, most recently as the President and Chief Brand Officer of the Tervis Tumbler Company, where he has worked since 2008. Kaplan was instrumental in reimagining and expanding the Tervis brand, creating a national advertising campaign, and developing an innovative strategic direction for the company, which propelled it to national prominence. Under his leadership, Kaplan saw sales growth increase 60% year over year as he increased product distribution channels and licensing agreements.

Today, Tervis products are carried on Tervis.com, Tervis-owned stores, and 5,000 distributors nationwide, including big box retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, and Hallmark. Prior to being promoted to President of Tervis, Kaplan held the position of Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for the company, and was responsible for overseeing the sales force, Tervis-owned stores, the online store, the tervis.com website, and directed all licensing, marketing, and product development teams.

Prior to joining Tervis in 2008, Kaplan worked with a number of top-tier consumer brands including a 20-year stint at Levi Strauss & Co., and JNCO Jeans Company. He is lauded professionally for his innovative thinking, breakthrough brand building programs, and his success in creating dynamic marketing teams, as well as his affinity for pursuing and developing relationships with top-tier national companies and their brands.

Reacting to his new post and his aspirations for his role at Ringling College, Kaplan commented, "I am extremely excited to join the Ringling team. I am passionate about enabling people to succeed, attain their goals, and creating an atmosphere where people can debate, participate, communicate openly and develop to their highest capabilities. At the end of the day, we will celebrate our accomplishments and have fun!"

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 100 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,300 students from the United States and abroad. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. http://www.ringling.edu

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19Jul/130

Ringling College of Art and Design to Host Service Design Tourism Conference November 7-9, 2013


Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced it will host the second annual international Service Design Tourism conference, SDT 2013, on its campus on November 7-9. Ringling College will partner with Management Center Innsbruck(MCI), the host of the inaugural conference, to produce the event. SDT 2012, held in Austria last August, drew attendees from across the globe who shared an interest in the practical application of service design thinking within the travel and tourism industry. The conference was the closing event of the project Service Design in Tourism, funded by the European Union under the CIP Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

Ringling College is honored to host SDT 2013 for three very big reasons, said Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. First, because service design is an increasingly important discipline that leads to a competitive advantage for any business and tourism especially that aims to provide an exceptional customer experience. Its something we are keen to infuse into our Business of Art and Design curriculum for the benefit of our students and the employers who are recruiting them. Second, Florida is one of the countrys top tourism destinations, and we have much to share with our international counterparts to complement what we learn from them. And finally, partnering with MCI furthers our interests in developing international partnerships that will benefit our students and enhance collaborative opportunities with institutions and businesses around the globe.

Service design is the application of established design processes and skills to the development of services. It is a creative and practical way to improve existing services and innovate new ones. Service design truly is an amalgamation of disciplines, including product design, graphic design, operations management, and interaction design.

There is there a strong interest from our SDT Conference Board members to come to Sarasota, experience Ringling College and the region, and meet with representatives from Floridas top tourism destinations, said Hubert Siller, professor and director of MCIs Department of Tourism Business Studies. We are pleased to partner with Ringling College of Art and Design to help expand the international community of practitioners devoted to enhancing the tourism profession through the application of service design thinking.

SDT 2013 will draw an interdisciplinary mix of attendees including designers, tourism industry professionals, and academicians. Details about the SDT 2013 conference agenda and registration information will be posted online in July.

For background on the conference and the SDT 2012 agenda, please visit http://www.servicedesigntourism.com.

About MCI

Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) is an integral part of the unique "Open University Innsbruck" concept in Austria and has attained a leading position in international higher education as a result of its on-going quality and customer orientation. MCI strives to mentor motivated people, who want to build their future through goal-oriented continuing education, in their personal and professional development.

MCI offers graduate, non-graduate and post-graduate educational programs of the highest standard to senior and junior managers from all management levels and branches. MCI's programs focus on all levels of the personality and include areas of state-of-the art knowledge from science and practice relevant to business and society. As an internationally oriented information and communication center, MCI is open to new perspectives, methods and projects. Constructive dialogue and co-operative development of interdisciplinary competences are two of the pillars of teaching and learning at MCI.

Visit http://www.mci.edu to learn more.

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor's degree in 14 disciplines: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Located in Sarasota on Floridas Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 44 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.

Visit http://www.ringling.edu for more information.

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18Oct/120

Two Ringling College Interior Design Students Win 2012 Donghia Scholarships


Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) July 30, 2012

Ringling College of Art and Design Interior Design students Ronel Constantin and Rianna Straw have been chosen as two of the recipients of a scholarship award for $ 30,000 each from the Angelo Donghia Foundation. The award is to be applied toward senior year tuition, board and maintenance, books and materials. Ronel and Rianna were chosen out of over 200 competitors and won two of the only 13 Donghia scholarships awarded. Since the inception of the Donghia Student Scholarship Award Program in 2001, a Ringling student has won an award each year with the exception of one. On three occasions, two Ringling students have won prizes in the same year.

The Angelo Donghia Foundation, Inc. was established by the late Angelo Donghia, an internationally recognized interior design icon and source of inspiration to the design world. According to Jerrold M. Sonet, spokesperson for the Foundations Board of Trustees, Our goal is to assist this new generation of gifted designers so that they have the necessary financial support to further their education, their design awareness and their career opportunities. The Donghia Award benefits deserving students entering his or her last year in a Baccalaureate Degree program. The competition is open to students of interior design at accredited University, College or Schools.

We are excited to have Rianna and Ronels work recognized and rewarded at this point in their lives where it can make the most impact on the successful completion of their degree and subsequent launch into their career, said Norman Hervieux, Interior Design Department Head at the Ringling College of Art and Design. Their unique organic approaches to space design were innovative and bode well for their future success in interior design.

This is a national design competition where two students from eligible accredited design programs in the United States and Canada are nominated by their faculty. Each nominee submits a portfolio of their work consisting of either one residential or one non-residential design. Students are encouraged to submit drawings that show a comprehensive spatial approach to their design solutions. Additionally the students are encouraged to show work that shows a range of students skills such as 3-D computer renderings along with hand renderings as well as hand drawn process or concept sketches where appropriate. Student submissions were juried on merit basis by judges composed of leading interior designers, press and educators.

Rianna Straws project was a design proposal for Hostelling International, Inc. for a new type of hostel that reflects the evolution of the hostel experience to include more than the youthful traveler. Her designs maximized ways guests may interact with the local population and culture as well as ways guests may interact with fellow travelers. The new hostel will be influenced by characteristics of the locale in which it is situated. The design concept for the Naranja Boutique Hotel located in Miami, Florida is one of color and texture as seen in a wide variety of vividly colored citrus and berries made possible by the extraordinary sunlight of Florida. When mixed together the colors and textures mimic the wide variety of languages and cultures found amongst the many travelers at the Naranja Boutique Hotel.

Furnishings, color palettes, shapes and spatial organization are informed by the variations found in fruits and berries. Places of gathering; entrances, sleeping, conversation and dining are marked with wedge-shaped forms with all segments coming together in the middle. The internal structure of a citrus slice inspired the arrangements of sleeping areas; a room within a room. The variety of seating experiences in the public spaces are similar to the variety of flavors found in a mix of citrus and berries - counter stools, banquette dining, banquette lounging, two-top tables and task chairs. These seating arrangements promote interaction with fellow travelers, local population and far away internet connections. Furniture and accessory shapes are often literal interpretations of fruit-like forms as found with the peel chair, the slice chair as well as the carambola (star fruit) light fixture. The color palettes of fabrics are paired with corresponding patterns: orange and brown citrus colors with wedge patterns and red and blue berry colors with round patterns. A basket weave pattern on the wall treatment of the internet area represents the interaction of cultures. Guest accommodations balance issues of privacy and security along with the desirability of interaction with fellow travelers. Some ADA sleeping spaces are provided.

Ronel Constantins project and concept was inspired by Brazil, the Amazon forest and the delicate Victoria Lily. This flower is the main concept behind his hostel design. He found the flower very intriguing and studied its characteristic to see how he could apply those attributes into an interior space. The overall organization of public and private spaces is similar the how the lily floats in water. The principle decorative design elements of the ground floor public spaces reflect how a water lily would be seen from beneath the surface of the water.

The principle design elements of the second floor guest spaces reflect how a lily would sit on the surface of the water. On the ground floor veins and ribs of the lily leaf floating above inspired the sculptural lattice funnel-shape in the center of the bar. The funnel houses color kinetic up lighting creating shadow play on the ceilings of the restaurant called Lagos which is the Portuguese word for lake. On the upper floors, with hostel-style sleeping experiences, the aesthetic language is informed by the lily flower floating on the surface of the pond below. The flower closes at night to form a bud. The principle of contrast mimics the wide range of travelers experiences in Brazil from the botanical wonders of the forest and sea by day to the cultural and entertainment highlights of the city by night.

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film-making, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Floridas Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 42 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. http://www.Ringling.edu


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19Jul/120

Ringling College Graduate Eric Prah Wins Bronze 2012 Student Academy Award in Computer Animation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences


Los Angeles, CA and Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

Ringling College of Art and Design Graduate Eric Prah was honored on Saturday, June 9th at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 39th Annual Student Academy Awards with a Bronze Award for Computer Animation. The awards were presented by actors Laura Dern, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Greg Kinnear and Mena Suvari alongside Academy President Tom Sherak at the Academys Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Eric won the Bronze for his senior thesis animation, My Little Friend. Ringling College students have won 9 Student Academy Awards in the past 11 years, as well as the most consecutive Student Academy Awards since the awards began in 1973, with four awards in a row from 2005-2008.

Eric was one of 13 students from around the world who were selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Erics film, My Little Friend, may be viewed at http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/winners/Prah.html. The Gold in animation was won by David Wolter for Eyrie and the Silver by Mark Nelson for Jockstrap Raiders. To view photos from the event please go to http://photos.presslist.oscars.org/ and to see the journey of the 2012 Student Academy Award

12Apr/120

Actor Elijah Wood Joins Ringling College of Art and Design Student Filmmakers at Ringling Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab January 23rd and 24th

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) January 20, 2012

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that actor Elijah Wood is participating in the Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab on January 23rd and 24th. The Studio Lab is a collaboration between Ringling College and Future of Films, LLC.

Elijah Wood was a critically acclaimed actor by age 9, now known best known for his high-profile role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jacksons stunning The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Mr. Woods has been successful in resisting typecasting by choosing varied roles in critically acclaimed films such as Bobby, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sin City, Green Street and Everything Is Illuminated. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted actors of his generation, Elijah Wood continues to challenge himself with roles spanning the spectrum of style and genre.

Wood is currently in production on Franck Khalfoun's re-make of the thriller "Maniac." Wood stars as Frank Zito, a serial killer who works in an antique shop that sells mannequins, and preys on women after years of abuse from his mad mother. Wood will soon be seen among an ensemble cast in "Celeste and Jesse Forever," a Rashida Jones and Will McCormack film that will be screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Wood will play a metrosexual co-worker of Celeste, who masquerades as her gay friend.

In the summer of 2011, Wood was seen in his first TV series, "Wilfred,"on FX which ran for 13 episodes straight. The show is a U.S. remake of the Australia hit sitcom which was adapted by Family Guy writer David Zuckerman and revolves around a guy (Wood), a girl, and a mixed-breed dog named Wilfred, which Zuckerman describes as part Labrador retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender. The series was recently picked up for another season.

We are looking forward to Elijah Wood sharing his experience with our filmmaking students, said Ringling College president Dr. Larry R. Thompson. He has been the central lead in an impressive roster of fine film and television projects and his unique viewpoint as one of the younger actors to have worked with our students. Having grown up in the business, Elijah has an incredible amount of experience for someone his age and we think he will be a particularly insightful guest for our students.

Mr. Wood will be hosting a private screening and discussion of selected clips for Ringling College students on Monday, January 23 from 11:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. and another session for invited guests on Tuesday, January 24 from 5-7 p.m.. Both events will be held at the Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium. Media is invited to attend either Q&A session. RSVPS are required.

The Ringling College digital filmmaking academic program now in its fifth year is ranked as one of the top 25 film schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter. Since its inception in 2010, the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab has hosted film and media luminaries including James Woods, Edward Burns, Werner Herzog, Bill Paxton, Martha Stewart, Andy Garcia, Paul Schiff, Oren Moverman, Ben Foster, Steve Michelsen, and Ed Carroll. The 2011-2012 Studio Lab is made possible in part thanks to corporate support from PNC Wealth Management (https://www.pncsites.com/wealthinsight/), Sarasota Magazine (http://www.sarasotamagazine.com) and Biz941 (http://www.Biz941.com).

The Ringling Studio Lab was established two years ago and is a unique program that has as its goal the integration of Ringlings top tier academic program with industry leading film and TV projects. Last year, the Studio Lab assisted in the production of Anna Paquins movie FREE RIDE. We are very lucky to host Elijah. He is extraordinarily talented and involved in all aspects of filmmaking. We are all looking forward to learning from him and hope that, in the future, we can work with him on one of his many projects, said David Shapiro, co-founder of Future of Films, LLC.

Mr. Woods Biography follows the press release.

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film-making, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Floridas Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 42 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. http://www.Ringling.edu

About Future of Films, LLC.

Future of Films leverages unique opportunities in media production and content as the old models rapidly change, focusing on convergences between traditional and new media. Co-founders Sam Logan (Sarasota) and David Shapiro (New York) are bringing to bear their extensive relationships in the film and TV industry to provide for rapid development of the Ringling Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab, a groundbreaking project that combines education with film development. The Studio Lab is designed to provide Ringling College of Art and Design students have hands-on experience with top-tier directors, producers, writers, and cinematographers as well as to help Sarasota become an integral part of the film industry.

ELIJAH WOOD BIO

Widely regarded as one of the most gifted actors of his generation, Elijah Wood continues to challenge himself with roles spanning the spectrum of style and genre.

Wood is currently in production on Franck Khalfoun's re-make of the thriller "Maniac." Wood stars as Frank Zito, a serial killer who works in an antique shop that sells mannequins, and preys on women after years of abuse from his mad mother.

Wood will soon be seen among an ensemble cast in "Celeste and Jesse Forever," a Rashida Jones and Will McCormack film that will be screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Wood will play a metrosexual co-worker of Celeste, who masquerades as her gay friend.

In the summer of 2011, Wood was seen in his first TV series, "Wilfred,"on FX which ran for 13 episodes straight.The show is a U.S. remake of the Australia hit sitcom which was adapted by Family Guy vet David Zuckerman and revolves around a guy (Wood), a girl, and a mixed-breed dog named Wilfred, which Zuckerman describes as part Labrador retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender.

Wood recently wrapped production in New Zealand on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" where he will be reprising his role as Frodo. He has also completed work as Ben Gunn" in Stewart Harcourt's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" alongside Eddie Izzard and Donald Sutherland. The two part four hour miniseries will be airing on SKY TV in the UK in December 2011 and on the SyFy channel in the US in 2012. Alan Moloney is producing with Steve Barron directing. Wood was also seen in the short Fight for your Right Revisited directed by Adam Yauch and starring John C. Reilly and Seth Rogen, which premiered in Sundance this year.

Wood can soon be heard lending his voice alongside Robin Williams and Pink in the sequel "Happy Feet 2" which will be released in 3D on November 18, 2011. He also will be voicing the character Beck in Tron: Uprising due out in 2012.

Wood was also seen in Galt Niederhoffer's "The Romantics" opposite an all-star cast including Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Malin Ackerman and Adam Brody. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2009, Wood gave his voice to the Shane Acker animated film "9" produced by Tim Burton. The Focus

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1Apr/120

Oscar Winning Moonbot Studios Animated Short Fueled by Ringling College Graduates


Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) February 29, 2012

Ringling College of Art and Design is pleased to announce that a short film created by Moonbot Studios, an animation and storytelling studio cofounded by a Ringling College graduate and Trustee, won an Oscar at the 84th Academy Awards

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