By Harold Bubil, Real Estate Editor Emeritus
February 25, 2018
Ringling College’s new Visual Arts Center is Sarasota’s latest calling card in the world of contemporary architecture. The most prominent new example of this is the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center at the Ringling College of Art + Design, completed earlier this year by Sweet Sparkman Architects, a rising Sarasota firm headed by Todd Sweet and Jerry Sparkman.
By Ilene Denton - September 2016 - 941CEO
It’s been a couple of high-profile years
for Jerry Sparkman and his colleagues at Sweet Sparkman Architects.
They’ve done the acclaimed reimagining of the Siesta Public Beach
concession pavilions and the sea-oat themed pavilions at Caspersen Beach
and other Sarasota County beaches, the design of county fire stations
and the new visual art center at Ringling College of Art and Design, and
received invitations to exhibit at the world-renowned Venice, Italy,
Architecture Biennale twice, in both 2012 and 2016. “We’re having fun,” says Sparkman, “and fortunately we have great clients.”
By Thomas Becnel - February 16, 2016 - Herald Tribune
Two-year, $21.5 million construction project ends with a fresh look for a classic scene. The best thing about the new buildings on Siesta Beach might be that people will see right through them. The new entrance to Siesta frames a classic view of clear skies, blue water and white sand.
“We wanted to bring the beach into your initial perception,”
said Jerry Sparkman of Sweet Sparkman Architects. “You don’t come to
the beach for the architecture, you come for the beach.”
By Kevin McQuaid - Nov 13, 2015 - Business Observer
A little more than a decade ago, Sweet Sparkman Architects scraped by designing carports and residential additions. “In the beginning, we took what we could to be expressive,” says Todd Sweet, 47. “No one would give us a significant job.”
Today, the boutique firm is among the most active in Sarasota County,
with projects for Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota County,
the county’s school board and others.