Exhibition Graphic Designer

  • The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Sarasota, FL, USA
  • Feb 14, 2020
Full time Graphic Design

Job Description

Exhibition Graphic Designer

Job ID 46725

Apply on or before 3/13/2020 at: https://jobs.omni.fsu.edu/psc/sprdhr_er/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=46725&PostingSeq=1



The Exhibition Graphic Designer serves as a member of the Collections team.  Under the supervision of the Exhibition Designer, collaborates to conceptualize and implement design solutions for permanent and temporary installations as well as gallery rotations on The Ringling campus. Develops environmental graphics in digital and print formats.


Responsibilities include:


  • Assists the Exhibition Designer in the research and development of concepts for exhibitions to enhance the curatorial, educational, and interpretive vision with a focus on graphic elements to including title walls, text panels, and murals. May collaborates with curatorial staff in the development and creation of complementary graphics in exhibition spaces. Participates in exhibition design meetings to further refine concepts and design goals. Presents design solutions through 2D and 3D elevations, plans and renderings utilizing design software such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.


  • Designs and prepares graphic elements for in-house production and outside vendors including, but not limited to: exhibition title wall, didactics, text panels, and murals for permanent and temporary exhibits and displays. Formats and prepares exhibition labels following institutional standards. Assists the Exhibition Designer in preparing graphic packages and communication with vendors. Requests vendor quotes, reviews proofs to ensure accuracy and quality, and coordinates installation schedules of graphics. Ensures that graphic elements from vendors are produced on time and within budget; troubleshoots issues as needed.


  • Works collaboratively and efficiently with key internal departments including Curatorial, Registrar, Conservation, Preparatory, Security, as well as outside contractors in executing the design plan for exhibitions and gallery rotations. Establishes and tracks target deadlines, project milestones, and project schedule with regards to graphic content for multiple projects simultaneously. Manages the collection of graphics files for exhibitions and gallery rotations at the museum. Organizes the graphic presentation files and digital files in the appropriate binders, database and archive.


  • Oversees graphic installation with Prep team and outside vendors. Makes aesthetic decisions during installation to ensure presentation of graphics supports exhibition/gallery theme and promotes visitor engagement.


  • Remains current in software development, products, equipment, and techniques pertinent to the evolution of the field. May perform other exhibit-related administration duties as needed.


  • Other duties as assigned.



  • High school diploma or equivalency and two years of experience; or a combination of post-high school education and experience equal to two years.


  • Proficient on Adobe CC, specifically InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.


  • Strong typography, composition and color skills.


  • Must be proficient on PC platform.


  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.


  • Knowledge of materials and production methods used in creating museum graphics.


  • Must be able to work collaboratively on a team.


  • Strong organization and time management skills.


  • Knowledge of ADA and Universal Design standards.


  • Ability to understand Architectural plans and elevations.


  • Ability to meet physical requirements as determined by the position including lifting/moving up to 25 pounds.


  • A portfolio of 7 to 10 work examples (large format/translated to large scale such as title wall, didactics, and murals) and/or environmental designs must be attached to the application when applying (PDF files and/or internet links are acceptable).



  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design or related field


  • Experience receiving quotes, managing print jobs and working with vendors.


  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Vectorworks, and Microsoft Project Pro.


  • Experience designing projects for exhibitions in the context of a museum setting.


Anticipated Salary Range

Anticipated salary range of up to $40,000 annually (commensurate with experience) + Florida state benefits available.


To learn more about all the benefits and perks offered for this role (including vacation, sick, holiday, retirement, etc.) please visit http://hr.fsu.edu/?page=benefits/benefits_home.



While the primary working hours for this position are Monday through Friday between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, the incumbent may be required to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, special events, and holidays based on the needs of the Ringling.


Contact Info

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


How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu.  If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.


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.


Veterans' Preference

Certain service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the service members and veterans, will receive preference and priority in employment and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. For information on who may be eligible for Veterans' Preference, go to http://hr.fsu.edu/?page=ers/application/application_veterans_preference, or call FSU Human Resources at (850) 644-6034.


IMPORTANT: In order to claim Veterans' Preference, applicants must upload a DD-214 (and other documentation, as applicable) with their online application prior to the closing date of the job opening.


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.


About the Ringling

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. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. 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 www.ringling.org.


Pay Plan

This is an USPS (University Support Personnel System) position.


Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.


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



up to $40k annually

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