2018 Show Judge: Graham Boettcher
The judge for the 55th Annual Bluff Park Art Show will be Graham Boettcher, the new director at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Boettcher’s appreciation for art began at an early age. As a youngster growing up near Seattle, Wash., he frequently visited the city’s museums and acquired an affinity for Native American art of the Pacific Northwest. When he began his undergraduate studies at Yale University, though, art wasn’t immediately on his radar.
The first person in his family to graduate from college, Boettcher wanted to be a physician. But he quickly learned his passion for the sciences was overshadowed by his passion for the humanities.
“What I was passionate about are two things: I really loved history and I really loved art. So as an undergrad, I was a German studies major, but with a formal concentration in art history because that was my third love, was language. So I came to art history through German and northern European art history and then eventually transitioned to American, but with a sort of specialty in American artists born in Germany.”