Museum Staff

Graham C. Boettcher, PhD

Chief Curator and The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art

Graham C. Boettcher, PhD, joined the staff of the Birmingham Museum in Art in 2006, as the Henry Luce Foundation Curatorial Fellow in American Art. Upon completion of his fellowship in 2008, Boettcher was hired in the newly created position of Curator of American Art, which was endowed that same year. Boettcher received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and an M.A. from the University of Washington in his home state. Boettcher was previously a curatorial fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery, and has held research fellowships at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Terra Foundation Summer Residency in Giverny, France.

Among the many diverse exhibitions Boettcher has curated are Pražské noci / Prague Nights: Czech Modern Art from the Hascoe Collection (2007), Sea Fever: American Art and the Aquatic Imagination (2007), A Masterpiece in Our Midst: Robert S. Duncanson’s A Dream of Italy (2010), A Stitch in Time: Southern Quilts in the African-American Tradition (2011), and The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection (2012), for which he edited and contributed to a major publication by the same name. He has also contributed 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); Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery (Yale University Art Gallery, 2008). In 2015, he co-curated (with Kelli Morgan) Black Like Who: Exploring Race and Representation, an exhibition that considered who renders imagery of blackness in American art and contemplated the various reasons why. He is currently working on an exhibition exploring the Viking Revival in American art. He has been a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Curators since 2010, and currently serves as its Vice President of Finance.