CMA Docent Corps


Docents are volunteers who lead adult and school age (Pre K–12) tours of the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. They engage our visitors in structured experiences in the galleries, offering opportunities for close looking, thinking deeply about works of art, and learning about cultures around the world. Facilitated by the museum’s education staff, docents receive in-depth training in art history, sociocultural history, and gallery teaching. The Docent Corps is made up of inquisitive, open-minded people like you who share a love of art and a desire to give back to the community.


The Columbia Museum of Art is currently undergoing a major renovation, which will allow for more gallery space for our collection and larger studios. Once we unveil the new spaces in late 2018, the museum will be more exciting than ever. Now is the perfect time to join our talented and dedicated docent corps.

Docent Corps members receive all of the benefits of membership, plus they can:

  • attend special luncheons
  • participate in trips to other cultural institutions
  • attend many educational lectures and gallery talks free of charge 

Annual dues are $25 plus the cost of membership. Only active museum members who are in docent training or have completed docent training are eligible for Docent Corps membership.

Interested in Becoming a Docent? 

The application deadline for the 2018 docent training session has passed. We will announce the next training period in this space.

For more information, contact Glenna at 803-343-2187 or

"Being a docent at the Columbia Museum of Art has been a double delight for me...not only do I get to pursue an ongoing interest in art, which I never had the opportunity to study in school, but I get to do it with interesting and congenial people...many of whom have become good friends."

-Ann Holtschlag

Docent Board:

Joyce Leet
Vice President:
Cindy Jurgensen
Jean Prothro
Recording Secretary:
Harriette Edmonds
Hospitality Coordinator:
Hilary Chesney
Studio Liaison:
Jane Schwantes
Tour Liaison:
Judith Monteith
Travel Coordinator:
Diana Robinson
New Docent Coordinator:
Ann Holtschlag
Past President:
David Renton

Museum Liaison: 
Glenna Barlow

Docent of the Year

Each year a docent is recognized for outstanding work in arts education. Winners include:

2018 Joyce Leet
2017 Linda Reardon
2016 Bauer Westeren
2015 Hilary Chesney
2014 Nan Briggs
2013 JoAnn Lockwood
2012 Susan James
2011 Maureen Mahon
2010 Susan McMillan
2009 Ann Holtschlag
2008 Katie Hirsch
2007 Ann Lyness
2006 Dot Johnston