Heather Becker

CEO, The Conservation Center

Heather Becker, CEO of The Conservation Center, heads the country’s largest private art conservation facility. After studying painting and art history on scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the International School of Art in Italy, Heather was inspired to pursue a career in the field of art preservation. In 1989, she developed a national business plan for The Chicago Conservation Center, as the company was formerly known, and purchased the firm from its founder in August 2003. The Center has since expanded to provide conservation services in paintings, works of art on paper, murals, textiles, antiques and fine furniture, rare books, frames and gilding, and objects and sculpture.

With a staff of 29 experts, The Conservation Center has grown as it responds to the needs of collectors, public works, and the rescue of artworks after disasters such as storms and hurricanes. Heather works to educate a variety of audiences throughout the country on the technological advancement of art conservation. She has been invited to lecture at venues such as The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Council for Insuring Private Clients, The Private Risk Management Association, and The Property and Liability Resource Bureau Claims Conference.

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