Concordia University Chicago is proud to welcome conservator and art historian Barry Bauman for a Zoom presentation, “The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries,” on Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. The virtual event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

According to Bauman, every painting has its secrets. During his 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings, he has uncovered many of them—lost signatures, hidden dates and entire paintings hidden beneath other works. Bauman’s “Discoveries” lecture has been one of his most popular, especially for a university or college audience.

At the beginning of his career, Bauman worked for 11 years at the Art Institute of Chicago, departing as the associate conservator of paintings. He then founded and directed the Chicago Conservation Center, which for 20 years was the largest conservation facility in the nation. In 2004, Bauman left the private sector to establish Bauman Conservation, America’s first conservation laboratory dedicated to offering complimentary services to museums and nonprofit organizations including Concordia University Chicago. When he closed Bauman Conservation in 2018, it was estimated he had contributed more than $6 million in conservation services to museums and nonprofits. Bauman is an Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.

In August 2018, Barry Bauman opened Conservation Ventures, a company that focuses on presentations and CAP grants to assist museums with recommendations and priorities for long-range collection care. Concordia University Chicago was awarded one of these grants in 2020. For additional questions about the April 14 presentation, contact Professor Nikkole Huss, curator of Concordia-Chicago’s art collection, at