Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections

Sarasota, FL
Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 41471

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Apply On Or Before: 01/01/9999


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, including a diverse roster of theater, music and dance. 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.


Responsible for the care, display, research, and interpretation of a wide-ranging collection of European art of international standing; plays a central role in developing and executing the Ringling Museum's exhibition program.
Scholarly research and collection interpretation (including catalogues, gallery didactics, other printed materials, gallery talks and lectures) with the aims of engaging diverse audiences with Ringling's holdings and raising the Museum profile nationally and internationally.
Reinstalling galleries and updates didactic materials in concert with Ringling Education Department.
Conceives, develops, and implements a wide range of exhibitions (permanent collection focus, package, and partnered loan shows).
Responsible for exhibition budgets, and the coordination of loan agreements and contracts. Writes catalogues, texts and other printed material about the collection and exhibitions. Prepares grant proposals.
Coordinates with Registration and Conservation in support of loans, research, storage and preservation of the collection.
Works with the Museum's Education Department in creating programs for exhibitions, such as gallery lectures.
May teach courses in area of specialization at Florida State University.
Build and sustain relationships with curators, academics, collectors and other art professionals.
Actively seek opportunities for enriching collections and programs.


-Master's degree in a related field and three years of related work experience.
-High level of knowledge of European 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.


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

Other Information

If selected as a top candidate, 3 letters of recommendation will be required.

Contact Info

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

Anticipated Salary Range

Salary will be commiserate with education and experience.
Anticipated hiring at Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, or Curator level.

Pay Plan

This is a Non-tenure track faculty position.

Criminal Background Check

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

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in this position, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu.
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.

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.
FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf


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