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CMA Hiring Curator!

Published February 27, 2024


Columbia Museum of Art

Columbia, South Carolina

Salary Range: $56,004 – $84,066

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Guided by its Core Values, The Columbia Museum of Art strives to be inspiring, welcoming, community-centered, playful, and vibrant. We seek a forward-looking Curator who shares these ideals and is committed to helping steward the museum’s expansive art program into the next phase of its history. The successful candidate will help realize the CMA’s vision to be THE beloved art museum in the southeast by dynamically working with its international collections and administering and organizing thought provoking exhibitions that serve our diverse communities.


The incoming Curator will lend a fresh perspective on the art program at a pivotal moment in the museum’s history and in celebration of its 75th anniversary in 2025. At this moment, the CMA is poised to build on its long established, community-centered affinity groups that span Black arts and culture, contemporary art, and design. The incoming Curator will work with these communities and help shepherd new ones in line with the CMA’s mission.


  •  MA in art history or related field required, PhD preferred.
  • 5+ years of increasingly applied full time curatorial experience.
  • Demonstrated excellence in conceiving and organizing successful exhibitions for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the museum’s collecting areas including American, Asian, European, and Modern & Contemporary art, with a focused specialization in one area.
  • Proven ability to foster and encourage innovation around new models for partnering (both internally and externally), and for exploring new creative relationships with artists central to the CMA mission.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, communicating, and managing projects, budgets, and goals.
  • Effectively navigate through the complexity of key issues, challenges, and opportunities to affect actions; guide staff to proactively build and align stakeholders, capabilities, and resources to achieve institutional objectives.
  • Proactively model the importance of timely collegial interaction, personal accountability, maturity, professionalism, communication, and exchange across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Demonstrated experience in donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • Self-directed and motivated.
  • Work with curatorial team to ensure care and conservation of works.
  • Mastery of English language and the ability to plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact, persuade, and inform their intended audiences.
  • Experience handling art.
  • Knowledge of research tools and methodologies.
  • Monthly evening and weekend time and occasional travel.
  • This position requires a criminal background check.

Skills and Abilities:

Be a positive, confident employee and an advocate for the museum. Interact with people from all backgrounds in a clear, courteous, and respectful way. Be a highly motivated team player who is enthusiastic and proactive, and who thrives in a very fast-paced environment. Be creative, innovative, agile, and vibrant. Possess a strong sense of urgency, priority, and follow-through. Maintain a consistently professional appearance. Work independently, anticipate needs, and manage multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously. Be able to work collegially with staff across departments to achieve common objectives. Discretion and sound judgment are required. Maintain the highest professional and ethical standards.


To apply, email cover letter and resume to Jackie Adams , at with “Curator” in the subject line.