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 insightful tours through the CMA galleries. The Docent Corps is made up of interesting people like you who share a love of art and a desire to give back to the community.


As programming continues to grow, so does the need for enthusiastic and dedicated docents to lead tours of the museum collection and traveling exhibitions. Docents also offer hands-on instruction in the museum's many studio programs.

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.

Admittance into the Docent Corps requires completion of docent training. The next docent training will be held in fall 2015. Details are above on this page.

"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:

Wendy Sturkie, President
David Renton, Vice President
Joyce Leet, Secretary
Ken Knight, Treasurer
Judy Ison, Studio Liaison
Emily Israel, Tour Liaison
Bonnie Holstein, Hospitality
Linda Reardon, Travel Coordinator
Judy Renton, New Docent Coordinator
Susan James, Past President

Museum Liaison: 
Kayleigh Vaughn