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Bonnie Burnham

Bonnie Burnham has devoted her career to the protection of cultural heritage. After completing degrees at the University of Florida and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, she worked at the International Council of Museums in Paris, for which she compiled and edited The Protection of Cultural Property, Handbook of National Legislation (1974). She also authored The Art Crisis (1975), which discusses issues of cultural property.

From 1975 to 1985 Ms. Burnham worked for the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) in New York, where she developed its Art Theft Archive program and subsequently served as Executive Director. At IFAR, she published Art Theft; Its Scope, Its Impact and Its Control (1978).

In 1985 Ms. Burnham joined the World Monuments Fund (WMF), a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving significant architectural heritage and cultural landscapes world-wide. She has served as President of WMF since 1996.

Personal honors include Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (1989); Distinguished Alumna of the U. of Florida, College of Fine Arts (1995); Fellow of the U. S. Committee, International Council on Monuments and Sites (2001). She is a former President of the Board of the Center for Khmer Studies and has served on the boards of IFAR in New York, NY, the National Institute of Conservation in Washington, DC, and the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation in San Simeon, CA. She is currently on the board of the New York Studio School and a member of the Century Association in New York, NY.


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