Judith and Stephen Shank Endow Curatorial Position at Ringling Museum

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art.


Florida State University’s John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota has received a gift from Judith and Stephen Shank to endow a performance-art curatorial position that will now be named the Currie-Kohlmann Curator of Performance, in reference to the performance program’s cofounders, Dwight Currie and Michael Kohlmann. (The museum declined to state the amount of money given to the museum by the Shanks.)

Judith is a member of the Ringling’s board and has long been involved in medical organizations. She and Stephen are co-chairs of the National Advisory Committee of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Stephen was formerly the CEO of Tonka Toy Company and is the founder of the Capella Education Company.

In a statement, Steven High, the Ringling’s director, said, “With the restoration and re-opening of the theater in 2006, we renewed and re-energized our commitment to a program of innovative and ground-breaking performance. Steve and Judy’s visionary gift will ensure that the Ringling remains a world-class center for performance programming in perpetuity.”

Correction 10/30/18, 10:15 a.m.: An earlier version of this article misstated the first name of one of the program’s founders. His name is Dwight Currie, not David Currie. The post has been updated to reflect this.

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