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George Robbins III

/ Volunteer Spotlight

George Robbins III has had a love for art since he was 10 years old when his mother bought him a collection of art books that he pored over time and time again. He always wanted to work at an art museum, but circumstances did not allow it. He fulfilled his lifelong dream of attending college at 44 years old when he enrolled at UAB. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in art history at 47, and received his master’s degree in history at the age of 49. He especially loved his art history classes at UAB and knew he wanted to be more involved in the art world. As soon as George retired from Bellsouth, volunteering at the BMA was the first thing he thought of and he applied to become a volunteer at the information desk.

During his first couple of months as a BMA volunteer, George took the time to explore the galleries. Even though he had been visiting the BMA since 1975, he realized that he didn’t know the extent of the collection. He appreciates the diversity and depth of the collection and especially loves the Dutch and Flemish gallery and other European galleries. His favorite painting is Perseus Armed by Mercury and Minerva by Paris Bordon. George enjoys the perks of being a volunteer, such as being among the first to know about upcoming lectures and tours, and meeting people from all over the world.

Thank you, George, for three and a half dedicated years of service to the BMA!