The Columbia Museum of Art is the premier international art museum in South Carolina with a commitment to exhibiting art from around the world. The collection ranges from antiquity to the present day with a focus on European, American, modern and contemporary, and Asian art. A large gift from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation formed the nucleus of an important permanent collection of more than 6,000 objects of fine and decorative arts across a broad range of centuries and media.

The Museum is in a modern 128,000 square foot facility that opened in 1998 and is a captivating architectural building with 25 galleries, designed by George Sexton Associates of Washington, D.C., with art studios, a 160-seat auditorium, a library, and museum shop. Significant undeveloped space is earmarked for future gallery expansion. The Museum has an annual budget of $3.7 million and a full-time staff of 32. It serves as the cultural anchor of a newly revitalized downtown – blocks from the State Capitol and the historic campus of the University of South Carolina.

Columbia is South Carolina's largest city and the center of culture, government, education, and commerce. It is centrally located and within a two-hour drive of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the beaches and historic sites of Charleston and coastal South Carolina.

Governance and Administration:
501(c)(3) entity governed by the Columbia Art Association with a 24 member Board of Trustees, 5 member Commission and approximately 34 full time staff, a number of part-time staff and many volunteers.
Operating Budget:
$3.7 million
Approximately $4 million
American Association of Museums

Application Instructions

  • Due to the high volume of requests we receive in regards to open positions at the museum, please review our application policy before submitting your resume & cover letter.
  • Applications accepted via email, mail or in person at the front desk via the Visitor Services Representative. No phone calls please. All open positions at the museum will be listed under the Employment section of our website.
  • All applications submitted for open positions will receive notice of receipt of their application.
  • Dependent on the number of applications received for each position it may take several weeks before we begin to contact qualified candidates.
  • However, only the top qualified candidates for each position are contacted via telephone.
  • When visiting the museum applicants may not request an unscheduled appointment with Human Resources.
  • If you are not contacted for an interview, or there are no open positions when you submit your application, please be assured that your resume will be kept on file for one year should a similar opportunity arise.

    Employment Opportunities

    • Education Assistant

    • Education

    • Posted: 04-17-14
    • Position ID: 67
  • Reports To: Education Manager

    Purpose: To support all areas of the education department.

    Primary Responsibilities include but not limited to:

    1. Manages registrations for education department Art School programming such as, but not limited to, Summer Camps, Gladys Gang, CMA Educator Workshops, In-Service Teacher Programs, Evening for Educators, CMA Summer Institute. Send confirmations and emergency contact forms, provides rosters to instructors, and facilitate check-in of programming. Provide appropriate education staff reporting on attendance and revenue.
    2. Handles data entry for all accounting in the Education department. Keeps annual department budget reconciled, submits check requests, purchase orders, maintain incoming receipts, and provides annual reporting to Director of Education. Creates budget projects of future fiscal year in conjunction with the Director of Education.
    3. Assists Education Manager with tour and studio bookings through taking reservations sending confirmations.
    4. Provides support for Docent Corps, in conjunction with Education Manager. Maintains Educator, Group, Docent, School, Community Partners databases, contact, and availability information.
    5. Lead-teaches Summer Camps, Gladys Gang and Hands On with CMA when needed. Provide assistance to all education programs. Substitute-teaches school tours and studios.
    6. Assists with the development and implementation of CMA Family Fun Days
    7. Takes minutes
      1. Education Committee
      2. Education Staff meetings
    8. Assists education department staff with logistics of events including, but not limited to, Evening for Educators, Art du Jour, Education Gallery openings, and Docent Corp events.
    9. Presents at Career Days and various educational engagements through the Museum's Speaker's Bureau.
    10. Lead-teaches Summer Camps, Gladys Gang and Hands On with CMA when needed. Provide assistance to all education programs. Substitute-teaches school tours and studios.
    11. Conducts research as needed.
    12. Works with CMA Communications Assistant to share dynamic information about Education through social media channels.
    13. Other duties as assigned.

    Secondary Responsibilities include:

    • Be an active community participant; attend events, meetings, exhibition and gallery openings, etc. to increase museum presence.

    Job Type:

    Part-time position 25 hours per week

    Skills and Experience:

    • Fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Quicken. Familiar with Altru and Parton Edge.
    • Ability to present programs to an audience.
    • Must be a highly motivated team player, enthusiastic, energetic, people person, customer-oriented, and strong on detail and execution.
    • Exhibits impressive organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills as well as flexibility. Maintains the highest professional and ethical standards.
    • Possesses a good sense of urgency, and can work independently, anticipate needs, and manage multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously.
    • Ability to work collegially with other staff and partner to achieve common objectives.
    • Also should have creative ideas and passion for the job.

    Email resume in .pdf format to:

    • Maintenance Specialist

    • Maintenance

    • Posted: 04-17-14
    • Position ID: 61
  • The Columbia Museum of Art is seeking a part-time maintenance/housekeeping specialist.

    Duties include but not limited to: routine maintenance of public spaces, restrooms & catering areas. Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. Flexible hours including weekends & nights required. Should be self-motivated, responsible, reliable & work independently.

    Salary $9.50 & up DOE.

    Email resume in .pdf format to:
    Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager:

    Accepting applications until position is filled.

    • Gallery Guard

    • Security

    • Posted: 02-10-14
    • Position ID: 62
  • The Columbia Museum of Art has openings for part-time gallery guards. Candidates must be professional, reliable, and able to work well with the public. Must be willing to work day, night & weekend hours. Pay rate starts at $8.50/hour DOE.

    Send resume in .pdf format to: Teri Keener Mewhorter, Administration Manager at

    Internship Opportunities

    • Education Summer Internships

    • Education

    • Posted: 03-12-14
    • Position ID: 65
  • The Columbia Museum of Art offers part-time unpaid internships during the summer for college students and recent graduates in:

    • Art/Art History
    • Fine Art
    • American Studies
    • Museum Studies
    • Art Administration
    • Arts Education
    • Elementary Education
    • And/or related fields for internships in the Education Department.

    Benefits of the program

    The Columbia Museum of Art internship program provides students with a wide range of opportunities. Internship experiences include assisting with preparation and implementation of summer camps and various youth art programs.

    Applicants are encouraged to meet with their advisors regarding the possibility of receiving college credit during their internship.

    Download the internship application

    • All Internships

    • Administration

    • Posted: 01-17-14
    • Position ID: 60
  • We currently offer internships in the following areas: Development, Digital Imaging, Education, Family Friendly Initiative, Group Tour Coordination, Museum Shop, Public Programs, Social Media.

    Application Deadlines
    Deadline date refers to the date by which applications must be postmarked or received.
    Internships may have unique application deadlines that can be found in the internship descriptions. If there is no deadline within an internship description, please adhere to the following dates.

    • June 15 for Fall Semester
    • November 2 for Spring Semester
    • April 15 for Summer Semester

    Internships at the Columbia Museum of Art provide opportunities to become familiar with and actively contribute to the inner workings of an art museum. They offer a challenging learning experience and promote awareness of museum careers. Students gain valuable experience working at the Museum and may be able to earn educational credits for their work.

    To Apply:
    Click here to download the application packet.

    For more information please contact our Intern Coordinator at