Helga Wall-Apelt Associate Curator of Asian Art – The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, FL)

Job ID: 40336

Location: Sarasota, FL

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is administered by Florida State University. It features a historic mansion, art museum, circus museum, historic theater, and reference library, situated on 66 acres of bay front property in Sarasota. John Ringling built the original 21-gallery museum, modeled on the Florentine Uffizi Gallery, to house his treasure trove of paintings and art objects, highlighted by his collection of Old Masters, including Velazquez, Poussin, van Dyke and Rubens. John opened the Museum of Art to the public in 1931, two years after the death of his beloved Mable, saying he hoped it would “promote education and art appreciation, especially among our young people.” Today, The Ringling’s mission is to serve as the legacy of John and Mable Ringling – a place of art, architecture, and circus in an environment that inspires, educates, entertains and serves over 400,000 guests annually. The collections have expanded to include Contemporary, Asian, and Circus art, as well as visiting exhibitions from museums around the world, supporting educational programs, and vibrant performance programing in our Historic Asolo Theater. 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.

Anticipated Salary Range: Salary is negotiable and commensurate with education and experience.

Background Check Requirements

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

Pay Plan: This is an endowed non-tenure track faculty position

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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.

Job Information
  • Sarasota, Florida, 34243, United States
  • 28748362
  • May 27, 2016
  • Helga Wall-Apelt Associate Curator of Asian Art
  • The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Curator
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 3-5 Years