BChamberlainBarbara Chamberlain
Director of Art Collection Management

Barbara joined Private Client Group as Art Collection Manager in 2008 and became Director of Art Collection Management for the Central Zone in 2010. She has more than 16 years of collections management and preventative care experience in museums and with private and corporate collections. Today she is tasked with providing collections-related risk management
services to policyholders and ensuring that high-valued art claims are seamlessly handled.

After beginning her career managing works of art in a contemporary art gallery in New York City, Barbara was assistant curator of The FORBES Magazine Collection, comprising world-class collections of Fabergé, British Royal Academy artists, French 19th century military paintings, U.S. Presidential autographs and manuscripts, photographs, toy boats and toy soldiers.

More recently, Barbara was the registrar at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida, where she was responsible for collections management of 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years and six continents. Primary responsibilities included cataloging, inventories, collection database management, preventative conservation planning, art handling and storage, donations, emergency planning, environmental monitoring, and fine arts insurance. In addition to caring for the 800 objects on permanent view, she also managed more than 20 temporary exhibitions, including loan agreements, art handling, and shipping, conditioning, installation, and deinstallation. Barbara managed all collections management staff, consultants, and department volunteers. In addition to creating public and professional educational programs in conservation at the Appleton, she mentored Master of Arts candidates from the Museum Studies program at the University of Florida.

Barbara was the Florida representative for the Southeastern Registrars Association and a member of the scholarship committee. Today she is Chairman of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Boca Museum of Art and a member of the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Florida and the Association of Professional Art Advisors, and a panelist at the American Institute for Conservation annual meeting of Conservators in Private Practice and for a special lecture series hosted by the Appraisers Association of America. She also presented on private collections to museum studies students and faculty at Johns Hopkins University and members of the International Society of Appraisers.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Psychology with a minor in painting from Smith College. She earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University where she is now an adjunct professor in the program.

Based in South Florida, Barbara provides risk management services for AIG Private Client Group’s collection policy holders in the central and southeastern United States. Her territories include the Midwest, Texas, Atlanta, Florida, and Canada. Barbara is currently one of three members of AIG Private Client Group’s Art Collection Management team, helping clients care for and protect their collections.