American Institute for Conservation

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The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is a national membership organization of conservation professionals. As a national professional organization it establishes and upholds professional standards, promotes research and publications, provides educational opportunities, and fosters the exchange of knowledge.

Overview[edit]

The AIC was founded in 1972 and now has over 3,500 members in over forty-five countries. Today, members include conservation professionals who are conservators, educators, students, conservation scientists, art historians, librarians, archivists, and other conservation enthusiasts. AIC encompasses specialty groups by format and topic, including: architecture, book and paper, private practice, electronic media, objects, paintings, photographic materials, research and technical studies, textiles, and wooden artifacts. In addition AIC now has two networks that serve the needs of the entire membership: Emerging Conservators Professional Network (ECPN) and the Collection Care Network (CCN). AIC has annual meetings where members share research and knowledge as well as offering seminars and workshops around the country.

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation[edit]

AIC has published the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), a peer-reviewed conservation journal, since 1977. Three issues per volume have been produced since 1992. Previous iterations of JAIC were published as the Bulletin of the American Group, International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works from 1960-1972 and the Bulletin of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works from 1972-1975.[1] JAIC and many other publications and reports are available in electronic or print format to aid both professional conservators and the public.[2]

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation[edit]

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) was incorporated in 1972 to support the charitable, scientific, and educational activities of the AIC. FAIC primarily manages and provides funds for educational and professional development for the betterment of the conservation profession.

AIC's Specialty Groups[edit]

AIC's Specialty Groups[3] are subgroups within AIC that focus on particular areas of expertise or professional interest. AIC members have the option of joining any of these groups. All specialty groups publish bi-monthly columns in the AIC News, conduct sessions at the Annual Meeting, and send representatives to Internal Advisory Group meetings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Publication Information for the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation". JSTOR. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ All information taken from the American Institute for Conservation web page, accessed on June 10, 2007.
  3. ^ AIC Specialty Groups on AIC website

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