Ringling Design Student Discusses Her TSG Internship

By Barron Schimberg, AIA

We are big believers in the value of exposing design students to some real-world scenarios they might encounter after graduation. For the past four years, The Schimberg Group has provided internships to students enrolled in the interior-design program at The Ringling College of Art + Design.

During the three to four months each intern works in our office, they assist us with projects such as drafting, design choices, rendering, field dimensioning, and administration. We also include them on construction site visits, so they can begin to see the connection between designs created on computers and the work involved with bringing concepts to fruition.

This year, we were thrilled that one of our interns, Sonika Fourie, talked about her experience at The Schimberg Group in a video posted on YouTube.

“It’s been amazing,” said Fourie. “I’ve been learning a ton. I think it’s going to help me make a much smoother transition into the working world.” Ringling has included the video in their marketing materials for incoming students.

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Interior Design-Internship Video:  Sonika Fourie

Interview with Artist Tim Jaeger

The following is an impromptu interview with Sarasota artist and Ringling graduate Tim Jaeger. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

Q: Can a building be art on it’s own without sculpture or artwork?

A: Absolutely. The combination of being placed in an extraordinary cultural landscape, and the gift of bringing people together, puts us in the same position as we are when we are viewing other forms of art.  This dialogue can create great friction…yet still bring a wide, diverse audience together. These are the very fundamentals of what makes art (in general) so unique and invaluable to the evolution of our culture.

Q: Other than location, what is the difference between exterior artwork and interior artwork?

A: I find more similarities than differences between the two but simply put, it is the difference between artwork(s) that relates to interior elements, and artwork(s) that relates to exterior elements. With both exterior and interior artwork, it is the difference of how the viewer(s) physically and mentally relate to the work.

Q: Can artwork impact a residential space different than a commercial space?

A: All artwork is capable of having great impact depending on the viewer, location, and space.  From a personal point, residential artwork can have more of an impact for its owner because the collector selected that work to add to their personal collection…it means so much to them that they chose to own it and keep it close by. Commercial art typically demands mass appeal but without dilution of the response. It must be sensitive to its greater audience.  It is usually striking and large in its effect as it’s about drama, sophistication and beauty.

Featured Artist:
Tim Jaeger, www.regeajstudio.com, has achieved local and national recognition while serving as president of the newly formed sARTq collective. Born in Michigan and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, Tim is a 2002 graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design.