The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization of conservation professionals. There are several independent, regional associations around the country for conservators.
Bay Area Art Conservation Guild
The Bay Area Art Conservation Guild was founded in 1974 for the purpose of providing an organization to coordinate and advance the knowledge and improved methods of conservation needed to protect, preserve, and maintain the condition and integrity of objects of artistic, historic, scientific, or cultural worth. Meets in the San Francisco area. For more information, visit www.baacg.org.
Gulf Coast Conservation Group
Meets monthly in the Houston/Austin areas. Contact Aniko Bezur, (281)-900-3133 for further information.
The Midwest Regional Conservation Guild
The MRCG was formed in 1980 by art conservation and restoration professionals with the purpose of bringing together individuals in the Midwest region (and beyond) interested in the preservation of historic and artistic works. The group's goal is to promote fellowship, service, and the exchange of ideas. The MRCG meets annually for a weekend symposium at different locations throughout the Midwest. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
New England Conservation Association
Hosts an annual series of meetings where members can keep up-to-date on the latest developments in conservation, enjoy refreshments with friends and colleagues, and see behind the scenes in area labs and studios. Annual workshops are organized to provide hands-on opportunities for specialized interests with a rotating subject matter. For more information, visit www.necaconservation.org.
New York Regional Association for Conservation
New York Regional Association for Conservation (NYRAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and sharing of current research on the preservation of visual art and artifacts. Meets in the New York City area. For more information, visit www.nyrac.org.
North Texas Association for Art Conservation
The North Texas Association for Art Conservation is a collegial group interested in the preservation, conservation, and restoration of historic and artistic works. NTAAC aims to promote professional dialogue in North Texas, support educational efforts within the conservation community and reach out to invested communities. Meets monthly in the Dallas/Ft. Worth areas. Contact Melanie Sanford, (215) 995-0696 for further information.
Southeastern Regional Conservation Association
Meets annually in different locations around the Southeast. More information is at www.semcdirect.net/SERCA.
Virginia Conservation Association
The Virginia Conservation Association is open to anyone with an interest in the care and preservation of art and historic artifacts. Membership includes conservators, curators, historic house directors, collectors, librarians, dealers, students, and non-specialists with strong interest in the growing field of conservation. Bimonthly meetings, scheduled from September through May, feature presenters within the VCA and from outside Virginia speaking on topics ranging from basic techniques for storage and preservation to the elaborate conservation of some of the most important art and historic artifacts in Virginia. For more information, visit www.virginiaconservationassociation.org.
Washington Conservation Guild
The Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) is a nonprofit organization for professional conservators, students, and others interested in the conservation and preservation of art and historic materials. WCG was founded in 1967 to promote the increase and exchange of conservation knowledge. Meets the first Thursday of each month October-May in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information, visit washingtonconservationguild.org.
Western Association for Art Conservation
WAAC, the Western Association for Art Conservation, is a nonprofit membership organization for professional conservators. WAAC was founded in 1975 to bring together conservators practicing in the western United States to exchange ideas, information and news. Although WAAC is specifically a regional organization for the western states including Alaska and Hawaii, any individual or institution may become a member regardless of location or national boundary. Meets annually in the Western United States. For more information, visit cool.conservation-us.org/waac.