The museum has opportunities for volunteers to get involved in dynamic and engaging programs; facilitating art experiences, working with specific audiences, providing customer service, supporting administrative tasks, and more. The CMA seeks volunteers from all backgrounds-not just those who have specific interest in the arts-to handle a variety of projects. For more information, call 803-799-2810. Already know you want to apply? Fill out this form and send it to volunteers@columbiamuseum.org.

Interested in volunteering to help with our summer camps? Education internships are available to high school and college students. Fill out either the high school form or college form and send it to volunteers@columbiamuseum.org.

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 the fall of 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? 

Admittance into the Docent Corps requires completion of docent training. The next docent training will be held in early Spring 2018. Please fill out this online form to apply.

Download this PDF version for additional information.

Applications are due by January 31.
For more information, contact Glenna at 803-343-2187 or gbarlow@columbiamuseum.org.

"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:

David Renton, President
Joyce Leet, Vice President
Harriette Edmonds, Secretary
Anna Griswold, Treasurer
Jane Schwantes, Studio Liaison
Judith Monteith, Tour Liaison
Judy Ison, Hospitality
Cindy Jurgensen, Travel Coordinator
Linda Reardon, New Docent Coordinator
Wendy Sturkie, Past President

Museum Liaison: 
Glenna Barlow