gbc_portrait_bw_WPG. B. Carson was born in Montana and graduated in 1977 from the History of Art program at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1978 he joined the San Francisco firm of Dr. Joseph Armstrong Baird, Jr. Art Consultation and Appraisals. He established his own art appraisal office in 1982, and has been based in Berkeley since 1985. A branch office was opened in Montana in 2002. Mr. Carson has been associated with many San Francisco art galleries and art publishing concerns, and has acted as agent and business manager for several prominent Bay Area and Montana artists. Extensive, ongoing travel to North American and European galleries and museums has enriched his familiarity with art and the art market. In 2016 he was appointed by the Governor to the Montana Arts Council.