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The Fine Arts Institute Collection contains the records of the Fine Arts Institute from 1964 to 1970 in the form of correspondence, publications, news clippings and releases, reports, photographs and other forms of documentation. The New College Fine Arts Institute was created in 1964 as an adjunct to its own program of undergraduate liberal arts and science studies. The Institute was developed to help advanced painters at all age levels by giving them class opportunities to work with faculty drawn from leading contemporary painters. The Institute was a complete school in itself with its own faculty, staff and own studio. New College students were allowed to attend classes, which included weekly painting classes, a series of lectures, slide-showings, and exhibitions. In addition, each student presented a selected painting to the New College permanent collection. A major exhibition of work by the six faculty, which included Syd Solomon, the director of the Institute, was held at the Ringling Museum of Art during the year.
The physical collection is housed at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library and is open to all researchers by appointment. The collection contains:
- Box 1: General correspondence, 1964-66
- Box 2: General correspondence, 1966-70; Syd Solomon correspondence, 1964-70
- Box 3: Photographs
- Box 4: Miscellaneous