Catherine Horne

Museum Director, EDventure
Columbia, SC, United States

About Catherine


Areas of Expertise and Demonstrated Success
• Strategic planning and institutional vision development
• Capital campaigns and annual development programs
• Business management, including development of earned revenue programs
• Demonstrated scholarship in decorative arts and material culture
• Public and political relationships in support of institutional brand


President and CEO, EdVenture, Columbia, South Carolina, 1996-present.
• Led vision and planning for new 80,000 sf museum facility that is the largest children’s museum in the South, located at center of city riverfront redevelopment project. Education wing (10,000 sf) presently under construction.
• Guided capital fundraising efforts for $18.5 million campaign; $20 million raised, 40% public/60% private, (largest local capital campaign in the history of our community.)
• Grew annual local government support for operations by more than 100% ($300,000 to $620,000) and secured long-term commitments for continued funding as well as current building addition.
• Developed museum outreach programming in science and health education. These programs have served more than 500,000 children and families in the last five years (52% white, 46% African American, 2% other persons of color.)
• Developed series of community collaborations to address important community needs in after school programming, early childhood education, professional development for educators
• Worked with elected officials at local, state and federal levels to seek financial support for museum capital project and educational initiatives.
• Led development and growth of museum’s operating budget which has grown from $1.7 million in 2003-04 to $3.8 million in 2008-09.
• Led 65-member staff (FT/PT) with senior management team in a high-performance and creative environment. More than 85% of staff and all senior managers are female.

Consultant, for cultural, educational, and health services nonprofit organizations, 1994-1996, 1996-present (select projects only.)
• Facilitated the development of institutional strategic planning, major institutional projects, and board governance training.
• Guided research and planning for grants to federal and state agencies, foundations and corporations with more than $12 million raised.
• Prepared grant proposals, including budgets and appendices, for government and private sources.
Clients included: South Carolina State Department of Education, Satellite Educational Resources Consortium, South Carolina Bar Association, McKissick Museum, Sumter County Museum, Distinctive Educational Center, Richland Memorial Hospital, Planned Parenthood of Central South Carolina, South Carolina Special Olympics, and Middleton Place Foundation.

Adjunct Professor, Museum Studies Program, University of South Carolina, 1985-1994.

Director of Development and Public Services, McKissick Museum, University of
South Carolina, 1992-1994.
Chief Curator, 1988-92.
Curator of History, 1984-1988
Curator of Exhibitions and Assistant Archivist, 1982-84.


Master of Arts, Applied Art History, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 1983. Fields of study: museum management, American painting and decorative arts and architectural history/historic preservation.

Bachelor of Arts, Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1979.
Majors: American studies and art history.

Crossroads of Clay: The Southern Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Tradition, 1990.
The Baruch Collection: The Bernard M. and Annie Griffen Baruch Silver Collection, 1988.
Above the Fall Line: Folk Art of the Southern Piedmont, 1987.
The Bridge Builder: Soloman Blatt Reflects on a Lifetime of Service to South Carolina. (with George D. Terry). Columbia: University of South Carolina, 1986.
John James Audubon and the South Carolina Connection, 1985.

Fellowship, Noyce Foundation, 2009.
Current Issues in Museum Management – Human Resources and Finance, American Association of Museums, 1998.
Policy Governance, John Carver, Association of Junior Leagues International, 1998-99.
Leadership Columbia, Greater Chamber of Commerce, 1986.
Seminar for Historical Administration, AASLH, 1984.
Summer Institute, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 1981.
English Country House Seminar, The National Trust (British), 1979.
CEO Roundtable, New Orleans, 2002-present.
Program Committee, Association of Children’s Museums, 2000, 2002, 2005.
Council Member, Southeastern Museums Conference, 1994-1997.
Museum Assessment Program Reviewer (MAP III), AAM, 1994-present.
President, South Carolina Federation of Museums, 1993-94.

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2010

Areas of Expertise

Museum Learning/Audience

I'm passionate about

Changing the way we create and share education for children and youth in the future. Who says we can't all be scientists!