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Past Courses

Selected FAIC courses are listed below in reverse chronological order.  Descriptions (and course materials, in some cases) can be found by clicking on the course name. FAIC's professional development programs are supported by grants from foundations and government agencies, as well as by contributions from individuals. Events marked with an asterisk (*) were supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Past FAIC Workshops

Illumination of Collections: Optimization of the Visual Experience*
November 10, 2016, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Preventive Conservation*
June 18 - July 1, 2016, Staatsburgh, NY

Workshops at the 44th AIC Annual Meeting
May 14 - 15, 2016, Montreal, Canada
  • Building Emergency Response and Salvage Decision Making Skills
  • Digital Assessment Techniques for Video Works
  • Ferrous Attractions, The Science Behind the Magic
  • Gap-filling for Ceramics
  • Gellan Gum Applications for Paper-based Objects
  • Identification of East Asian Paper for Conservation
  • Respirator Fit Testing & Lecture

  • Mastering Inpainting
    April 5-8, 2016, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

    Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials
    March 14-18, 2016, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

    The Use & Creation of Pre-Coated Repair Materials
    February 24-26, 2016, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX

    Advanced XRF Workshop: Quantification and Calibration
    January 11-14, 2016, Art Conservation Department, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY

    Examining the Environmental Impact of Exhibitions and Loan using the Life Cycle Assessment Toll
    December 8, 2015, Online Webinar
    Cost Effective and Sustainable Packing, Moving, and Storage
    December 1, 2015, Online Webinar

    Conservation & Exhibition Planning: Material Testing for Design, Display, & Packing
    November 19 & 20, 2015, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    Exotic Surfaces: Chinese Export Lacquer Symposium and Workshop

    October 29 - 30, 2015, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur, DC

    Removal of Pressure-sensitive Tapes and Tape Stains
    September 28 - October 2, 2015, Morrow (near Atlanta), GA

    TechFocus III: Caring for Computer-Based Art

    September 25-26, 2015, New York, NY

    Cleaning Decorative and Historic Finishes*
    August 3-7, 2015, Winterthur, DE

    UV Workshop: Examination and Documentation with Ultraviolet Radiation
    July 27-31, 2015, Buffalo, NY

    Issues in Ivory: Identification and Collections Concerns
    April 6–7, 2015, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

    Preventive Conservation*
    January 17-30, 2015, Ossabaw Island, GA (Begins and ends in Savannah, GA)

    Platinum and Palladium Photography*
    This FAIC Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation consisted of a symposium, workshop, and tours. Supported in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
    October 21-24, 2014, Washington, DC

    Media Consolidation for Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts on Parchment
    September 15-19, 2014, New York, NY

    UV Workshop: Examination and Documentation with Ultraviolet Radiation
    August 11-15, 2014, Buffalo, NY

    AIC Annual Meeting Workshops
    May 28, 2014, San Francisco, CA
    • Dataloggers: Establishing and Maintaining Environmental Monitoring Systems 
    • Essentials of Inpainting
    • Preservation Planning for Cultural Institutions
    • Computational Photographic Techniques
    • Responding to Mold Outbreaks after a Disaster
    • Mastering Collections of Digital Photographic Conservation Documentation
    • Respirator Fit Testing & Lecture

    Aluminum:  History, Technology, and Conservation
    April 7-11, 2014, Washington, DC
    Symposium and workshop.  Presented in cooperation with ICOM-CC Metal Working Group, Emil Buehler Conservation laboratory at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
    Sponsored by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Bruker Elemental, General Cable, Clive Cussler, and the Aluminum Association. Support for international speaker travel from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

    The Non-Invasive Analysis of Painted Surfaces: Scientific Impact and Conservation Practice
    February 20-21, 2014, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    Identifying Historic Paint Colors and Schemes by Making “Exposures” on Walls
    May 16-19, 2013, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Birdsboro, PA

    Asian Lacquer Symposium
    May 20-24, 2013, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY

    Annual Meeting Workshops
    May 29, 2013, Indianapolis, IN
    •   Digital Preservation for Video
    •   Integrated Pest Management for Collections
    •   Managing Projects:  The Underrated Conservation Skill
    •   Plastics LASt Longer if Treated with Intelligent Conservation (PLASTIC)
    •   Saving Energy in Lighting Conservation Environments
    •   Disasters and Mental Health

    Identification and Conservation of Digital Prints*
    October 29-November 2, 2012, Boston, MA
    A Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation, organized by Martin Jürgens.

    Modern/Contemporary Print Identification*
    December 5-7, 2012, San Francisco, CA

    Preventive Conservation*
    January 7-20, 2012, Ossabaw Island, GA

    Modular Cleaning Program*
    March 12-16, 2012, Seattle, WA
    March 11-14, 2010, West Palm Beach, FL

    19th Century Negatives
    June 20-24, 2011, Rochester, NY

    Adhesives for Conservation
    October 5-9, 2009, Shepherdstown, WV

    Artist Pastels: History & Use 
    August 4-6, 2010, Buffalo, NY

    Characterization of Silver Gelatin Photographs
    September 30-October 1, 2010, New York Public Library, NY

    FAIC Collections Emergency Response Training
    April 25-29, 2011, in Houston, TX
    March 28-April 1, 2011, in San Diego, CA

    Hands-on Digital Imaging Workshop for Conservators and Museum Professionals*
    June 28-July 1, 2011, Washington DC
    Please contact the office for possible future dates

    Hinging and Matting of Oversized Works
    May 11, 2010, Milwaukee, WI

    Marble Gravestone Conservation Workshop
    September 25, 2009, Jamaica Plain, MA

    Mastering Inpainting
    June 28-July 2, 2010, Shepherdstown, WV

    PLASTICS:  Plastics Lifetimes Are Short: They need Identification, Conservation, and Storage
    June 8 - 12, 2009, Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, Omaha, NE

    Reading the Paper: The Identification of Paper
    October 1 - 2, 2009, Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Williamstown, MA

    TechFocus I: Caring for Video Art
    September 1-2, 2010, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

    Use of Bleaching Treatments in Paper Conservation
    May 11-15, 2009, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

    Water and Paper
    July 28-31, 2009, Kilgarlin Center for the Preservation of the Cultural Record, Austin, TX
    August 4-7, 2009, Buffalo State College, Art Conservation Department, Buffalo, NY


    Past FAIC Online Courses

    June 9 - July 7, 2016

    Examining the Environmental Impact of Exhibitions and Loans using the Life Cycle Assessment Tool
    December 8, 2015, Live Webinar

    Cost Effective and Sustainable Packing, Moving, and Storage
    December 1, 2015, Live Webinar

    Laboratory Safety for Conservation
    September 10 – October 8, 2015

    Establishing a Conservation Practice
    July 9 – August 6, 2015

    Lab Safety for Conservation
    September 18 - October 16, 2014

    Marketing for Conservation
    August 7 - September 4, 2014

    Establishing a Conservation Practice
    September 27 - October 24, 2012

    Laboratory Safety for Conservation
    September 13-October 11, 2012

    Records and Information Management
    July 29-August 26, 2010

    Professional Responsibility for Conservators
    September 11-October 8, 2008

    Past Co-sponsored Workshops

    Lichens, Biofilms, and Stone †
    August 16-22, 2015, Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben, Maine

    Workshop with SmartHistory - Audio and Video for Conservators, September 2012
    Made possible in part through a grant from FAIC
    New York

    Media tools for conservators: creating “Conservation Conversations” for public audiences.

    Building on the successful 2012 AIC Annual Meeting on Outreach, this one-day workshop provides conservators with the tools and skills to communicate effectively and easily with a wide range of audiences by creating audio and video content. The founders of SmartHistory.org, a rich online resource of informal “conversations” about a wide range of art history topics, will teach us how to quickly, easily and inexpensively produce engaging content that will enable us to communicate our values, skills and knowledge to public audiences, allied professionals, students, teachers, and potential or existing clients. 

    Enzymes and their Targets
    May 18-22, Mt. Carroll, IL
    Presented by the Campbell Center, with support from FAIC

    Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation:  Trends, Treatments, and Training
    May 17-18, 2009, Los Angeles
    Presented by Getty Conservation Institute, in conjunction with the AIC Annual Meeting

    Injection Grouts for the Conservation of Architectural Surfaces
    May 18-19, 2009, Los Angeles
    Presented by Getty Conservation Institute, in conjunction with the AIC Annual Meeting

    Microscopy for the Conservator of Art and Artifacts
    June 1-5, New York, NY
    McCrone Research Institute Certifed Course for Conservators and Art History Professionals, presented by The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with support from FAIC.

    Laboratory Safety
    June 5, August 14, or September 11, Westmont, IL
    Presented by the College of Microscopy, with support from FAIC

    Introduction to the Microscopical Indentification of Conservation Materials
    June 8-12, Westmont, IL
    Presented by the College of Microscopy, with support from FAIC

    Introduction to Organic Chemistry
    July 23-25, Mt. Carroll, IL
    Presented by the Campbell Center, with support from FAIC

    Microscopy and Spectroscopy Instrumentation and Data Interpretation for Laboratory Directors and Art Conservators
    August 11-2, Westmont, IL
    Presented by the College of Microscopy, with support from FAIC

    Dyeing Cellulose Fiber Paper with Fiber Reactive Dye
    August 24-28, Mt. Carroll, IL
    Presented by the Campbell Center, with support from FAIC

    Microscopical Identification of Pigments for Conservators
    September 14-18, Westmont, IL
    Presented by the College of Microscopy, with support from FAIC

    Chemistry for Conservators
    September 21-25, Westmont, IL
    Presented by the College of Microscopy, with support from FAIC

    Mastering Inpainting
    October 5-8, Mt. Carroll, IL
    Presented by the Campbell Center, with support from FAIC

    Microscopy for the Conservator
    October 5-9, Mt. Carroll, IL
    Presented by the Campbell Center, with support from FAIC