Job Opportunities

Current Job Openings at Columbus Museum of Art

Thank you for your interest in employment at Columbus Museum of Art. See below for current job position openings at Columbus Museum of Art. Please check back frequently for jobs at Columbus Museum of Art, an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Museum Preparatory/Carpentry Shop

Columbus Museum of Art is seeking an experienced museum preparator with outstanding shop and carpentry skills.  This position will report to and assist the Exhibition Design and Production Manager with installing temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays in CMA’s galleries.  The Preparator will also provide art handling, packing/crating, and assistance with maintenance of the permanent collection and art storage.  Advanced skills in the use of power tools (both stationary and hand tools), wood/metal shop machinery, and lifting apparatuses required.

This is a full-time position.  Salary commensurate with experience.  CMA has a comprehensive benefits package including Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Free Parking, 403(B) Retirement Plan, generous paid time off and holidays.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the installation and maintenance of permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
  • Perform daily checks and maintenance of gallery and temporary exhibitions.
  • Assist in maintenance of art storage and wood shop, including maintenance, cleanliness and safety of work shop and fabrication area and equipment.
  • Pack and crate works of art for travel.
  • Transport artwork, crates, and exhibition and storage-related furniture and objects to and /or from other locations, alone or as part of a team. For example, incoming donations; local loans to temporary exhibitions, or exhibition furniture for storage at an off-site location.
  • Perform basic maintenance on works in the collection as directed by the Chief Registrar.
  • Supervise and ensure work quality of contingent employees, interns, and volunteers and train as needed to ensure safe practices and security of art works.
  • Assist with the fabrication of exhibits including painting, construction, making mounts, installing objects and graphics, and creating hands-on interactives.
  • Other responsibilities include drywall spackling and finishing, painting, sanding, cleaning and maintenance of exhibit galleries.


  • B.A. Degree in studio art or other art fabrication field.
  • 3-5 Years of wood shop experience.
  • Experience in installing, matting, framing, lighting and crating works of art.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Willing to travel by land or air to courier works of art.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Computer and design skills helpful.
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed.


  • Proficient in using electrical or manual equipment and measurement tools
  • Ability to read technical documents, drawings and blue prints.
  • Understanding of advanced construction and structure, carpentry techniques and methods of installation and construction.
  • Self-motivated team player. Ability to work independently with little direct supervision.
  • Must have strong attention to detail and the ability to follow precise instructions.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear. Must be able to use hands to touch, handle and feel. Must be able to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Must be able to reach with hands and arms and work overhead from floor, ladder or scaffold. Must be able to lift, push or pull up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Work Environment:
Work may occasionally require periods of exposure to outdoor weather conditions. May occasionally operate equipment that shakes or vibrates. Will occasionally work in high, precarious places or near moving mechanical parts. Daily exposure to a shop environment with power tools. Occasional work with toxic or caustic chemicals with exposure to fumes and airborne particles. Work environment may vary from quiet to high noise levels.
How to Apply:
To apply, please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to or mail to Director of Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The William And Sarah Ross Soter Assistant or Associate Curator of Photography
Columbus Museum of Art is seeking exceptional candidates for The William and Sarah Ross Soter Assistant or Associate Curator of Photography to inspire our communities through compelling exhibitions, programs, and publications, as well as, advance the museum’s efforts to build a significant, widely recognized photography collection. The curator will be depended upon for their scholarly expertise and curatorial vision, as well as their ability to build positive and effective relationships with prospective donors, professional colleagues, partner organizations, and the community at large.

Comfortable and committed to working in a visitor-centered museum environment, the successful candidate will be an excellent communicator who thinks creatively and fosters creativity in others. They will be distinguished by a strong background and record of accomplishment in 20th-century photography, ideally with additional background in 19th-century photography. They will also be comfortable working with CMA colleagues in overlapping areas of interest and expertise, particularly in the area of contemporary art. The candidate will also have a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive program of exhibitions and acquisitions.

The Collection:

The Columbus Museum of Art’s photography collection was largely initiated in the 1970s by gifts from Richard M. Ross and, today, the medium makes up nearly 25 percent of the permanent collection. Continuing the Ross family support of the Museum’s photography program, William J. and Sarah Ross Soter generously endowed this curatorial position in 2010.

CMA’s photography collection is tied to the Museum’s strengths in American and European modernism and contemporary art. Its New York Photo League Collection is the largest of its kind in an American museum. The collection also includes works by Berenice Abbot, Adolphe Braun, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lewis Hine, Deana Lawson, Mary Lucier, Trevor Paglen, Lucy Raven, Allan Sekula, Charles Sheeler, and Edward Steichen. In conjunction with the Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art, the Photo League Collection provides the interested candidate an opportunity to help build a focused and unique collection that charts socially engaged and conceptual modes of documentary photography from the early twentieth century to today.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Think creatively about how visitors experience the Museum and connect with art.
  • Research and develop an active photography exhibition program that includes temporary exhibitions. Oversee relevant exhibition budgets and design, as well as organize related publications and programs. Work on occasion with guest curators to successfully realize temporary exhibitions
  • Thoughtfully manage the care and display of the Museum’s permanent collection of photography, including research, installation, outgoing loans, conservation, labels, and text panels.
  • Actively refine and grow the photography collection through gifts and purchases.
  • Participate with internal colleagues on programming for The Contemporaries institutional support group
  • Actively cultivate relationships with diverse community of artists, collectors and potential donors.
  • Support the Museum’s various departments as needed, including Administration, Development, Learning, Visitor Experience, Marketing and Communications, Retail, and Finance. Serve on museum committees as needed.
  • Represent the Museum and actively engage in the broader art community with high standards of professionalism

Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field required, PhD preferred.
  • 3–5 years of previous museum experience.
  • Accomplished art historical research and writing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to adapt material for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience that includes engagement with diverse audiences work in urban areas.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work well and connect with a broad range of people.
  • Willingness to travel for a variety of professional purposes. A valid driver’s license is recommended.
  • Prepared to work evenings and weekends as needed, and to take on responsibilities as the need arises.
  • Proficiency with common office applications, and competency with collection management software.

This is a full-time position. Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits package includes health, vision, dental, life, short and long-term disability, and 403(b) retirement plan. Generous paid time off and holidays

The Columbus Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing all persons with equal employment practices and opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit the following materials by e-mail to or mail to Human Resources, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215:

  • A cover letter expressing the candidate’s interest and intent in applying for this position.
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education and experience.
  • A writing sample
  • Three professional references.


Internship Opportunities

Administration: Learn how a museum operates and functions as a non-profit institution. Assist with administrative tasks and behind-the-scene work to explore what it takes to make a museum run.

Collections: Work with Museum registrars to monitor, track, and record the artworks in the collection as well as those traveling for exhibitions. Work with the archives and records of the artwork in the collection.

Exhibitions: Discover how galleries and exhibitions come together. This department manages the galleries, makes frames and cases, handles and delivers artwork, and more.

Curatorial: Learn about the artwork in CMA’s collection and how exhibitions are conceived of and developed. Work with the museum collection and traveling exhibitions researching information about art and artists. (Upper-class and graduate students only please.)

Learning & Experience: Connect with our visitors. Gain hands-on experience in front-end operations, public programming, school programming, or drop-in gallery experiences.

Development: This department makes connections with businesses and individuals through endowments, memberships, and donations. Help to keep the museum strong by building key relationships.

All internships are unpaid.
Schedules are flexible.

Internships are offered in the autumn, spring, and summer.

Application due dates:
Autumn: August 15
Winter/Spring: November 30
Summer: March 15

Download the application here.

Contact Amanda Kepner at with any further questions about internships at CMA.