Curator of Contemporary Art: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Florida State University


Job Title:    Curator of Contemporary Art – Job ID # 41593 (Non-tenure track faculty position)

Location:    John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Florida State University, Sarasota, FL


Primary responsibility is serving as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The position is responsible for developing dynamic exhibitions on contemporary art and artists and continuing to build The Ringling’s contemporary art collection through gifts and acquisitions. The curator oversees the programming of the museum’s contemporary permanent collection galleries as well as the recently opened Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art, a space that spotlights innovative new projects by living artists. In addition, the Curator is expected to develop engaging exhibition projects for the temporary exhibition galleries of the The Ringling’s Searing Wing and occasionally oversee the hosting of traveling exhibitions.

The Curator of Contemporary Art is responsible for research and scholarship on the 20th and 21st century art collection and in producing interpretation of the collections, scholarly publications, and exhibitions catalogues. The Curator works collaboratively with the Curatorial, Education, and Collection teams and manages special projects as needed; creates project plans and budgets and monitors project expenditures; develops docent training materials in collaboration with the Education department; teaches and mentors interns and fellows; participates in donor cultivation, outreach, and lecturing in the community; and interfaces with colleagues at the national/international level.

This is a non-tenure track faculty position at Florida State University and reports to the Executive Director.

About The Ringling

The Ringling is a center for art, history and learning situated on 66 acres on Sarasota Bay. It is built on the legacy of circus entrepreneur, collector of art and financier John Ringling and his wife Mable.

The Ringling inspires visitors with an acclaimed collection of Old Master paintings, explores with them the diverse cultures and art of Asia, delights them with the story of the American circus, and transports them to the Roaring Twenties during a tour of the magnificent Ca’ d’Zan mansion.

The Ringling is also committed to exhibiting the work of an emerging community of living artists that moves beyond traditional practice and features dynamic and engaging contemporary visual and performing arts.

The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida. Affiliated with Florida State University, it is one of the largest university art centers in the nation.


Master’s degree in a related field and three years of related work experience. High level of knowledge of Contemporary art. Ability to read at least one foreign language. Knowledge of collections management and the responsibilities of compliance with the American Association of Museum’s policies and procedures. Skill in public speaking. Ability to conduct original and secondary research in the field of Art History.


Ph.D. plus two to three years of curatorial experience. Fluency in at least one additional language. Experience working with donors, major museums, and galleries.

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext 2605 or

How to Apply

If qualified and interested in this position, apply to Florida State University at Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.  This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled &Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at


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