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Ringling Museum Appoints Rhiannon Paget Curator of Asian Art

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, has named Rhiannon Paget the institution’s new curator of Asian art. Paget will oversee the Ringling’s Asian art exhibitions, collections, and publications as well as the museum’s new Center for Asian Art, which opened in May 2016. She will assume the post on July 31.

“Asian art has been a priority at the Ringling since John and Mable Ringling began collecting objects of Asian origin nearly a century ago,” said executive director Steven High. “I am pleased to welcome a curator of Rhiannon Paget’s caliber and potential to our team and look forward to a number of exciting Asian projects and initiatives under her auspices in the coming years.”

Paget comes to the institution from the Saint Louis Art Museum, where she was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art in the department of Asian art. While at the museum she cocurated the exhibition, “Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan” (2016–2017) and coauthored its catalogue. Previously, she served as research associate at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California. As a specialist in Japanese art and culture, Paget has written a number of books, catalogues, and essays. Her most recent book is Hiroshige & Eisen: The Sixty-Nine Stations along the Kisokaido, coauthored with Andreas Marks, which will be published by Taschen in October 2017.