Arts & Culture

The Columbia Museum of Art Welcomes Brandolyn Pinkston and Nathaniel Barber to the Government Relations Advisory Committee

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston and Nathaniel A. Barber as new members of its Government Relations Advisory Committee. Pinkston is currently the president of the Museum’s membership affiliate group, Friends of African American Art and Culture. Barber currently works in the financial sector and is a senior vice president at South Carolina Bank and Trust in Columbia, S.C.

Pinkston is the former administrator of the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs where she used her position to improve the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. From 1996 to 1999, she served as president of the National Consumers League in Washington, D.C., leading the organization through its centennial celebration in 1999. In 2010, Pinkston was an honoree on the AT&T African American Calendar for her service to South Carolina. She now devotes her time to advocating for the arts.

Barber has been active on the boards of the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Columbia Development Corporation, the Richland Library, the Columbia Housing Development Corporation, and the Eau Claire Development Corporation among others, helping to raise the quality of life for all of Columbia’s residents.  He received degrees from the University of South Carolina and Indiana University. Pinkston’s and Barber’s experience and love of the arts make them valued additions to the committee.

The Columbia Museum of Art formed a committee to keep city and county governments abreast of the Museum’s community accessibility, education, and tourism efforts. The Board of Trustees has identified government relations as a key part in the strategic direction for the Museum, as it receives significant support from both Richland County and the City of Columbia. In recognition of this support and the need to further our relationships with public officials statewide, the Board directed staff to assemble a volunteer committee to guide the Museum in its communication efforts with public officials.

The other members of the CMA Government Relations Advisory Committee are:

  • Mayor Bob Coble, Chair
    • Bob Coble served as Columbia’s mayor for 20 years. He now co-chairs Nexsen Pruet’s Public Policy and Government Affairs Practice team.
  • Luther Battiste, CMA Board President
    • Luther Battiste is managing shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A. He served for fifteen years on Columbia City Council. He also acts as Columbia Museum of Art’s Board President.
  • Tod Augsburger
    • Tod Augsburger has served as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Lexington Medical Center since November 1999. He is also a member of the CMA Board of Trustees.
  • Rachel Hodges
    • Rachel Hodges is currently the Chair of American Red Cross SC and serves on numerous boards and committees across South Carolina including the CMA Board of Trustees. She is married to former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges.
  • Theodore DuBose
    • Theodore DuBose is a shareholder at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. He specializes in Public Finance Law and is an acknowledged leader on legal issues involving the creation of public debt. He is also a board member of Columbia Museum of Art.
  • Katherine Davis
    • Katherine Davis serves as Vice President of Development for Palmetto Health Foundation. She also is a member of the Commission of the CMA.
  • Susie Heyward
    • Susie Heyward is an active volunteer at the Columbia Museum of Art and a community advocate.
  • Karen Brosius, CMA Executive Director


About the CMA 

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC, CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses nearly 7,000 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 135,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, Arts & Draughts parties and craft haven gatherings. It is the recipient of a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education and an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.


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