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Eric Baumgartner graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, and with Honors in the History of Art. His senior honors thesis examined the luminist paintings of John Frederick Kensett, and today, Eric’s specialty continues to be 19th-century American art, particularly the landscape paintings of the Hudson River School and Neo-Classical sculpture.

Eric joined Hirschl & Adler in 1993, was appointed Director of its Department of American Art in 1994, and promoted to Senior Vice President in 2006. He lectures on topics of American art, and has curated many special gallery exhibitions, including Our Own Bright Land: American Topographical Pictures, 1770–1930 (1994–95); A Marvelous Repose: American Neo-Classical Sculpture, 1825–1876 (1996–97); The American Vasari: William Dunlap and His World (1998–98); and Likenesses & Landskips: A Portrait of the Eighteenth Century (2002–03); and Just Plain Folk (2006); and American Masterworks of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute: Celebrating an Educational Alliance with Pratt Institute (2006).