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


Tools and Techniques for UV/Florecence Documentation
August 8-10, 2018, Durham, NC

Applications for Nanocellulose Films in Conservation
July 19 - 20, 2018, Boston, MA


Preventive Conservation*
June 3 - 16, 2018, Staatsburgh, NY

Workshops at the 46th AIC Annual Meeting
May 29 - 30, 2018, Houston, TX

Compensation for Loss
April 23 - 27, 2018, Rochester, NY


Use of Chelating Agents in Paper Conservation*
March 27 - 29, 2018, Stanford, CA


Cleaning and Conductivity: New Methods for Treating Paintings, Works on Paper, and Textiles*
December 6 - 8, 2017, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX

The Use & Creation of Pre-Coated Repair Materials
September 27 - 29, 2017, Indianapolis, IN

Salted Paper Prints: Process and Purpose*
Workshop: September 13, 2017, Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, MA
Symposium: September 14-15, 2017, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Preventive Conservation*
June 3 - 16, 2017, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY


Workshops at the 45th AIC Annual Meeting
May 28 - 29, 2017, Chicago, IL

The Conservation of Archaeological Iron
April 19-21 and 24-26, 2017, Williamsberg, VA

Cleaning and Conductivity: New Methods for Treating Paintings, Works on Paper, and Textiles*
December 7 - 9, 2016, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

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

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