Donor Sues Museum for Allegedly Missing Matching Funds Deadline

A Florida resident is suing the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, and its stewards Florida State University and Florida State University Foundation, for the return of more than $6 million in gifts earmarked for a new wing to hold an Asian art collection from the same donor.

According to the complaint, the original 2006 agreement included a requirement to locate matching funds for the gift, but the defendants didn’t adhere to the agreed-upon timeline. Construction began last winter on the new wing, which is scheduled to open in early 2016, according to museum officials.