The Conservation Center’s Heather Becker shares her secrets to success.
The Conservation Center’s Heather Becker shares her secrets to success.
October 4

Tribune Profiles Alumna CEO of World Renowned Art Restoration Firm

The Sunday, September 29, edition of the Chicago Tribune features an interview with SAIC alumna Heather Becker (BFA 1989), CEO and owner of Chicago’s “world renowned” art restoration firm the Conservation Center. With help from her 24-person staff, Becker has “revitalized countless paintings, objects, textiles and furnishings damaged over the years by everything from raging wildfires in California to routine sunbathing on walls,” explains contributor Wendy Donahue. Becker began working for the company as an administrative assistant after graduating from SAIC. She was mentored by founder Barry Bauman and eventually took over 10 years later. “Having tremendous respect is something a conservator never loses touch with. You also have to have a temperament for collaboration,” Becker says, explaining the secrets of her success. “You can have a postcard or a masterpiece, and not every person can be great at restoring both. We encourage a cross-pollination of knowledge; that only makes you better at what you do.”