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Asian Curator

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota

The Ringling is a center for art and history, situated on 66 magnificent acres on the shores of Sarasota Bay. It is built on the remarkable 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 as told through the first American circus museum as well as the world’s largest circus model, 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 whose work moves beyond traditional practice and features dynamic and engaging contemporary visual and performing arts, including a diverse roster of theater, music, dance and film. 
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.  For more information please visit


  • Primary responsibility is serving as curator of the Asian Art Collection of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art.  This is an endowed non-tenure track faculty position. 
  • Oversees care and makes recommendations for growing the Asian art collection.  Researches and documents the Asian art collection to include interpretation and translation of foreign documents.  Develops publications about the Museum's Asian Art collection.
  • Plans and coordinates temporary exhibitions, which supports The Center for Asian Art.  Supports the Curatorial and Collections teams and special projects as needed. 
  • Creates project plans and budget. Works with Accounting Department for exhibition or loan contract reviews. Monitors project expenditures.
  • Conducts tours of the art museum and specifically the Asian Art wing. Develops associated docent training materials pertaining to the collection in conjunction with the Education Department. Teaches and mentors interns and fellows.
  • Participates in donor cultivation, outreach, and lecturing in the community.  Interfaces with colleagues at the national/international level.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in a related field and three years of related work experience. 
  • High level knowledge of Asian art. 
  • Ability to read at least one Asian 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. preferred plus two to three years of curatorial experience.  Experience working with donors, major museums, and galleries.  Experience in conducting original and secondary research in the field of Art History.
Fluency in Chinese or Japanese language preferred.

This is an endowed non-tenure track faculty position and is being advertised as open until filed.  Salary is negotiable and commensurate with education and experience.  

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

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check to include fingerprinting.

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