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Exhibition Designer

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU, Sarasota

Job Title: Exhibition Designer
JOB ID #: 51503
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Equity Statement
The Ringling is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As such, we are always seeking individuals dedicated to innovation and excellence. A successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting. We especially encourage applications by individuals from underrepresented groups, with a demonstrated commitment to a culturally and intellectually diverse workplace.

Should you require accommodations for the application or interview processes, please email or call 941-359-5700 (ext. 1-2605).

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The Exhibition Designer is responsible for designing all special exhibitions and installations on the Ringling Campus.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Serves as a member of collections team; collaborates with curators, registrars, conservators, marketing, lending institutions, and education in planning all upcoming exhibitions to fulfill both the exhibition’s vision and the museum’s mission.
  • Researches ideas and materials, recommends solutions for design problems, and utilizes design techniques to produce innovative designs and clear opportunities for interpretation and education. Coordinates with outside vendors in cooperation with Senior Preparator to implement the design of an exhibition or installation.
  • Uses design software to create pre-plan based on object specifications and available space. Designs and produces exhibition/display graphics. Remains current in software development and equipment pertinent to the evolution of the field. Reconciles all of the objects and graphics to the gallery spaces, understanding ADA compliance, security of the objects, exhibition flow, and the conservation requirements of the objects.
  • Effectively communicates designs and oversees design/fabrication of exhibition components. Administers timelines and casework schedules for outside bidding.
  • Occasionally assists with movement of exhibition components, and installing in the gallery setting. Occasionally, uses motorized vehicles and lifts to fulfill job duties. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Studio Art, Art History or Media and Performing Arts, or other relevant field and 2 years of experience
    • Please note that a High School Diploma or equivalent and a combination of 6 years of higher education and/or relevant experience can be substituted for a bachelor's degree.
  • Knowledge of graphic layout techniques and art in a digital format.
  • Knowledge of exhibit displays, display design and installation. May include framing, art installation, construction and finishing, carpentry work, alterations and repairs.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously.
  • Valid Florida Driver's License or the ability to obtain prior to hire.
  • Ability to meet physical requirements as determined by position. Ability to climb ladders, lift, and move objects up to 50 lbs.


  • Five years of experience in a museum environment. An interest in new media and technology, with strong organizational skills. A strong knowledge and familiarity with The Museum System.
  • Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, Computer Assisted Design (CAD), Google Sketch-up or equivalent design programs.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of collections management to include proper handling, installation, preservation and/or maintenance.
  • Ability to manage budget expenses and time constraints related to the design/production of exhibition and project installations.
  • Ability to work with internal stakeholders to develop designs that meet the needs of the projects while adhering to pre-established deadlines.

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

Anticipated Salary Range
The anticipated rate of pay will start at $38,000 annually and a final offer will be based on the education, skills, and experience of the selected candidate.  Please note that majority of applicants will be offered at midpoint of range.

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Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM with a one hour meal period.

Criminal Background Check
This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How to Apply
If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at (search under keyword “Ringling”).

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.

If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Soft Money Funded
This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.  For questions regarding soft money funded roles please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

About The Ringling
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida, and is a department of Florida State University. Want to learn more about The Ringling?

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