After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in 1969 from Beloit College, Barry Bauman attended Graduate School at the University of Chicago. In 1971, he received his Master's Degree in Art History with a specialization in Dutch Baroque painting. One year later, he joined the Conservation Department at The Art Institute of Chicago and served the museum for eleven years leaving as the Associate Conservator of Paintings. He has been a visiting conservator with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1982, he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.
The following year, Barry Bauman founded the Chicago Conservation Center as a resource facility for the conservation of paintings, works of art on paper, objects, frames, murals, and textiles. The Center grew to become the largest private facility in America. Major projects included the conservation of 172 flood-damaged paintings for the Chicago Historical Society and, in a two-million dollar undertaking, the preservation of over 300 WPA and pre-WPA murals for the Chicago Public Schools.
Bauman organized the national symposium, "Grant Writing, Fund Raising and Management Strategy for Conservation Programs." Speakers included representatives from the Institute for Museum Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. He has reviewed conservation grants for both the Institute of Museum Services and the Getty Conservation Institute and has undertaken government-funded CAP/General Conservation Surveys for seventy-three museums throughout America.
Barry Bauman has written articles for The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation and The International Journal of Museum Management. He has been the focus of numerous newspaper, radio, and television interviews and his treatment of Theodore Robinson's View of the Columbian Exposition aired on WTTW, Chicago's Public Broadcasting Station. Bauman's Case Study, The Demise of Mary Lincoln, was featured on the front page in a New York Times article titled Mary Lincoln I Presume.
In January of 2004, Barry Bauman left the private sector to establish America's first national conservation laboratory dedicated to offering complimentary conservation services to museums and non-profit organizations. In 2014, he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin for donating $250,000.00 in conservation services to the Wisconsin State Historical Society. He lives in River Forest, Illinois.
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