American Institute for Conservation

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American Institute for Conservation
2016 AIC Logo.jpeg
Full name American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
Founded

1972

Email: info@conservation-us.org
Affiliation Professional association
Website http://www.conservation-us.org

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is a national membership organization of conservation professionals. It is the only organization of its kind dedicated to the preservation of cultural materials. The AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publication, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.[1] It is the largest and most comprehensive organization that serves conservators and their interests.[2]

History[edit]

The AIC first launched in 1972 with only a handful of members. Now it is grown to over 3,500 members in over twenty countries around the world.[3] The backgrounds of the members are diverse, meaning not only conservators can be members. Educators, students, art historians, librarians, archivist, and conservation enthusiasts are all encouraged to join. AIC encompasses specialty groups by format and topic. They offer publications and resources that are very important to the field of cultural heritage preservation. The AIC features the FAIC, which offers education opportunities, grants and scholarships. The AIC also hosts an annual meeting where members can come together to discuss new and old conservation techniques, materials, etc

Core values[edit]

The AIC has 6 core values they strive to maintain:[4]

Preservation of Cultural Heritage The AIC promotes the preservation of cultural heritage as a way to better understand our shared humanity. It is a way to honor the history and integrity of humanities overall achievements.

Advocacy The AIC strives to be the voice for the preservation of cultural materials and advocate for positive public policies.

Professionalism The AIC supports the work and services of professionaly qualified individuals who adhere to a proper code of ethics and guidelines.

Education and Lifelong Learning The AIC works to attain expert knowledge on materials, technologies, and conservation techniques. They are dedicated to research, sharing their knowledge with others, and providing means of continued education.

Member Services The AIC works to welcome any person or organization as members. They encourage networking among their members and provide services that help their members in the long run.

Governance AIC works towards sustained and strategic management of its organization. They understand their responsibility to their members, partners, the public and its preservation agenda.

Mission Statement[edit]

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization supporting conservation professionals in preserving cultural heritage by establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.[4]

Vision Statement[edit]

AIC envisions a world in which the preservation of cultural material is appreciated and supported, thereby encouraging knowledge and understanding of our cultural heritage.[4]

Membership[edit]

The AIC is a national membership organization supporting conservation professionals in preserving cultural heritage by establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.[5] Anyone who has expressed interest in cultural preservation or in any of these purposes is eligible to join the AIC. Full membership for an individual is $144 dollars a year. Full membership for an institution is $215 a year.[5] They also offer secondary memberships for their specialty groups.

Foundation[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.[6] FAIC promotes the advancement of expert knowledge of materials and technologies, and mastery of conservation and preservation. They work to promote the understanding of the values and contexts of cultural heritage and stress informed decision-making in conservation. We are dedicated to service in the field, research, sharing knowledge, and continued education.[7]

Education[edit]

The FAIC organizes workshops, conferences, and online courses. They also provide resources for online tutorials and other professional development resources. The FAIC offers several grants and scholarships to promote professional development, outreach to the public, publications, and conservation projects. In addition, the AIC has assembled several resources for outside funding. All courses, workshops, grants and scholarships can be signed up/applied for through the AIC's website.

Workshops[8][edit]

  • UV Workshop: Examination and Documentation with Ultraviolet Radiation
  • Cleaning Decorative and Historic Finishes
  • TechFocus III: Caring for Computer-Based Art
  • Removal of Pressure-sensitive Tapes and Tape Stains
  • Exotic Surfaces: Chinese Export Lacquer Symposium and Workshop
  • Conservation & Exhibition Planning: Material Testing for Design, Display, & Packing

Courses[8][edit]

  • Establishing a Conservation Practice
  • Mitigating Risk: Contracts
  • Mitigating Risk: Insurance
  • Mitigating Risk: Capstone Webinar "Mitigating Risk: Making Your Contracts and Insurance Work Together"
  • FAIC Online Course: Photographic Chemistry for Preservation
  • FAIC Online Course: Sustainable Collections Care Practices

Grants and Scholarships[edit]

  • FAIC/Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowships[9]
  • Individual Professional Development Scholarships
  • Take a Chance - Helps to fund projects that would otherwise not have proper funding.[10]
  • George Stout Memorial Fund - Makes it possible for members to attend professional meetings and seminars.[10]
  • Carolyn Horton Fund - Helps to support a member of AIC's Book and Paper Specialty group in continuing education.[10]
  • Christa Gaehde Fund - Promotes the research of art on paper for a member of the AIC.[10]

Publications and Resources[edit]

The AIC offers a wide variety of publications and resources to its members and to the public. Their publications include The Journal of the American Insititure for Conservation, AIC News, and Specialty Group Publications. Their resources include online resources such as Blog, CoOL, and the AIC's WIKI.

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation[edit]

The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) is an important vehicle for the publication of technical studies, research papers, treatment case studies and ethics and standards discussions relating to the broad field of conservation.[11] Members and outside groups/individuals are encouraged to submit their research and articles for possible publication. Subscriptions are available to AIC members and are open to major libraries and universities.

AIC News[edit]

The AIC News is an online newsletter published 6 times per year. It provides members with up-to-date news on conservation issues, new research and materials, organizational matters within the AIC and FAIC, specialty group and networking activities, upcoming and past conferences, recent publications and employment opportunities[12]

Specialty Groups[edit]

AIC's Specialty Groups are subgroups within AIC that focus on specific areas of expertise or interest. Specialty groups include: Architecture, Book and Paper, Conservation in Private Practice, Electronic Media, Objects, Paintings, Photographic Materials, Research and Technical Studies, Textiles, and Wooden Artifacts. Each specialty group publishes its own column in the AIC News along with separate publications. They also conduct sessions at the AIC's annual meeting.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". American Institute for Conservation. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "From the Conservator's Bench: American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works". Gilcrease Museum. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Journal of the American Institute for Conservation". SCImago Journal & Country Rank. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "About Us". American Institute for Conservation. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Membership: Who Can Join". American Institute for Conservation. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation: Strategic Planning for the Future". YouTube. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Foundation". American Institute for Conservation. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Current Courses". American Institute for Conservation. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kress Conservation Fellowship". Kress. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Grants and Scholarships". American Institute for Conservation. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Journal of the American Insitute for Conservation". Maney Online. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "AIC News". American Institute for Conservation. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Specialty Groups". American Institute for Conservation. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

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