Curator of Performance Programs

Job description

Job ID: 43691

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida. For more information about the Ringling, please see the "Other Information" section.


Serves as the curator of the museum's art of performance programming and production venues including New Stages, interdepartmental collaborations, and selected exhibition-driven projects. This position is responsible for the development and delivery of The Ringling's performance programming, encompassing music, theater, dance, film, and spoken word, as well as the managerial functions of performance programs and production venues.

- Curates and presents an annual roster of contemporary performance programming for The Ringling's Art of Performance program, including season concepts as well as artist research and selection.
- Researches current issues within the fields of music, theater, dance, film, & spoken word and develops original projects across the contemporary arts.
- Works with artists in the selection of pieces for presentation.
- Generates accompanying texts and publications for programs.
- Supervises the Art of Performance program's staff.
- Overseas the Performance department's staff in planning, developing and managing production schedules, guest artist contracts and services, annual budgets, and resource allocations.
- Works with museum/university colleagues and community partners to develop and present collaborative programming.
- Collaborates with Development staff to identify/steward donors to support contemporary programming. Assists with identifying grant opportunities to support programs.
- Works together with Marketing staff to build and attract audiences for Art of Performance programming.
- Serves as a member of the Museum's Senior Management Team.
- Participates as a member of the curatorial staff. Supports the curatorial team on special projects as needed.


Doctoral degree from an accredited institution or the highest degree appropriate in the field of specialization, such as theater, art history or other closely related area, with a demonstrated record of achievement in research, teaching, and service. Must meet university criteria for appointment which is equivalent to that required of the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

At least 4 years of experience in performance, entertainment, fine arts, or a related field.

Experience in programming and scholarship.

Excellent project management and organizational skills.


Ability to organize, present, and communicate messages effectively through design.

Experience working directly with artists and community leaders.

Prior management experience.

Other Information

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling's campus in Sarasota, Florida-which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater, and bayfront gardens-is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Contact Info

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

Anticipated Salary Range

Anticipated salary range of $60,000 to $70,000 + Florida State benefits available.

Pay Plan

This is a full-time/12 month, non-tenured Faculty position. Anticipated hiring at the Assistant or Associate Curator level.

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

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Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

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Posted: 6/12/2018
Application Due: 8/11/2018
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