Biography: Art historian and independent curator, Bruce Guenther is currently serving as Adjunct Curator of Special Exhibitions for the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Portland. He graduated from Southern Oregon College with a studio arts degree in 1971, having deferred graduation in order to serve in VISTA between his junior and senior year.
A specialist in post-war American and European Art, Guenther was the Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, until his retirement in 2014. Previously he was the Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, and head of the Modern Art Program at the Seattle Art Museum, Washington. He has curated major monographic and thematic exhibitions internationally, and authored numerous books and exhibition catalogues. Most recently he provided the overview essay for the Radius Books, Santa Fe, publication, PAPER: Charles Arnoldi, and the essay for MICHAEL SPAFFORD: Epic Works, published by Lucia|Marquand and Zocalo Studio, Seattle.
Bruce will be the keynote speaker at Thanks to You Appreciation Breakfast 2018 at Chihuly Gradens and Glass.