Russell Bowman Art Advisory provides complete collection development and management services for private collectors, corporations and institutions. Russell Bowman Art Advisory specializes in Modern, contemporary and self-taught art with services including collection planning and acquisition; coordination of appraisals, conservation, framing and installation; scholarly publication; exhibition development; private sales and donations to institutions. In addition to private clients in Chicago, New York and Milwaukee, institutional clients include The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Krannert Museum at the University of Illinois, The New Orleans Museum of Art and others.
With 25 years of museum administration and curatorial experience, Russell Bowman was the Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum from 1985 to 2002. A highlight of his tenure was the completion of the widely acclaimed addition to the museum designed by Santiago Calatrava. The 140,000 square-foot expansion was named The Best Design of 2001 by Time Magazine. The expansion was realized through the completion of a $100 million capital campaign and resulted in a first year attendance of some 450,000 visitors. In conjunction with the expansion, Bowman also directed the renovation of the museum's two existing buildings and the complete reinstallation of its collections. Several important collections acquired during Bowman's tenure were the Hall Collection of American Folk Art in 1989, the gift of the Flagg Collection of Renaissance and Haitian Art in 1991, the Landfall Press Archive in 1992, and the gift/purchase of a major body of Georgia O'Keeffe works in 1997-1998, and the gift of the Specks Collection of German Expressionist Prints in 2000.
Bowman's exhibitions for the Milwaukee Art Museum included New Figuration in America (1982); Philip Pearlstein: A Retrospective (1983); Warhol/Beuys/Polke (1987); Word as Image: American Art, 1960-1990 (1990); and Jim Nutt (1994), all of which traveled nationally, and O'Keeffe's O'Keeffes: The Artist's Collection which traveled to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in 2001-2002. In the area of folk art, he organized American Folk Art: The Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. Collection, which traveled to nine museums in 1981-1984; Common Ground/Uncommon Vision: The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art, which toured in 1993-1995; and Driven to Create: The Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught & Outsider Art, which toured in 1993-1995.
Bowman served as Chief Curator at the museum from 1980 through 1985 and was Director of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago from 1978 to 1980. Bowman earned his B.A. at Randolph-Macon College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago with a major in Modern Art and pursued Ph.D. studies at the University of Chicago. Bowman is currently a member of the Board of Governors, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, and a member of the Board of Directors at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago.
Museum quality works by Modern, contemporary and self-taught artists are currently available for viewing by appointment.