In one fell swoop Alabama’s Birmingham Museum of Art has promoted its chief curator, Graham C. Boettcher, to the position of deputy director, with decorative arts curator Anne Forschler-Tarrasch taking the chief curator slot. Alongside the new appointments, both Boettcher and Forschler-Tarrasch will maintain their current curatorial jobs in the American and decorative arts departments, respectively.
As deputy director, Boettcher will be assisting the museum’s director, Gail Andre, with operational oversight, taking on a number of management roles from the education to conservation departments. Commenting on this appointment in a press statement, Andrews said:
“I am thrilled by these new changes to our senior leadership. The Museum is fortunate to have dedicated collectors and patrons of American art who helped build this area from our founding, however it was not until the establishment of the Curator of American Art position that this area received the scholarship and focus it deserved. Graham has meticulously enhanced a great collection, and he has also created a community, a legion of true followers, around his collection area, which can be attributed to his uncanny ability to make art appreciation accessible. Graham’s subsequent leadership of the curatorial department over the last two years, made him a natural fit for this position and we all look forward to the ingenuity and vitality that he will bring to the Museum through his new role.”