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Graham C. Boettcher, PhD

Chief Curator, William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art

Graham C. Boettcher, PhD

Graham C. Boettcher is the William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. He received his PhD from Yale University; MA from the University of Washington; and BA from Yale University.  His area of expertise is American fine and decorative arts made before 1945.

Boettcher arrived in Birmingham in 2006, holding the title of the Luce Foundation Curatorial Fellow of American Art until 2008.  Previously, he worked at the Yale University Art Gallery, where he was a Marcia Brady Tucker Graduate Curatorial Research Fellow.  Boettcher has also held fellowships at Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth and the Terra Foundation’s Summer Residency in Giverny, France.

Among the many exhibitions Boettcher has curated are Framing a Nation: Portraits of the Founding Fathers from the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art (2006), Pražské noci / Prague Nights: Czech Modern Art from the Hascoe Collection (2007), and Sea Fever: American Art and the Aquatic Imagination (2007) and Body Image:  American Art and the Human Form (2009). He is currently working on an exhibition of Georgian-era English eye miniatures entitled The Look of Love, as well as a survey of the Viking Revival Style in American art.

Boettcher lectures and writes widely on the subject of American art.  His publications include “A Family Tradition: The Silverwork of Franklin Porter and Helen Porter Philbrick,” which appeared in the 2008 Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, as well as contributions to the exhibition catalogues American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States, 1820-1880 (Tate Britain, 2002); Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds (Yale Center for British Art, 2007); and Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery (Yale University Art Gallery, 2008).