Reasons to Belong

AIC offers you the opportunity to establish a deeper connection with your profession, peers, and preservation interests. Through publications, conferences, workshops, and daily networking opportunities, AIC provides members with everything from the latest scholarly articles to job announcements and a community of peers.

Did you know that your AIC membership is about $3 a week? If you are a student, it's only $1.50. For the price of a nice cup of coffee, you get access to:

Innovative Publications

  • 6 issues of AIC News. With its timely professional information delivered to you when you need it, AIC News brings you news on national and international conservation issues and AIC organizational matters. Position openings, new products and publications, and new techniques are regular features of this online publication.

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AIC News bimonthly newsletter
  • 4 issues of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. With its groundbreaking research and treatment articles to keep you up-to-date with the latest happenings in the field, this scholarly journal, published four times a year, features articles, book reviews, and short notes on current conservation issues, treatments, research, scientific studies, and technical procedures in the United States and abroad. 

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JAIC cover - February 2013

Useful Tools for Your Business

  • Find a Conservator. If you are a Professional Associate or Fellow member, you can be listed in our Find a Conservator tool, which provides museums and libraries, other institutions, and the general public with a systematic, consistent method of obtaining identifying and locating professional conservation services from all across the United States and abroad. 

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  • Reduced Research Pricing at JSTOR.  In collaboration with JSTOR, AIC is pleased to offer you a special discounted fee for JPASS, a JSTOR access plan for individuals. JPASS serves as your personal library card to the rich selection of journals on JSTOR. As part of your membership, we are able to offer you a 50% discount on the listed rate.


  • Access to Liability Insurance. The American Institute for Conservation has engaged Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc. (HTB) to create a specialized AIC Conservators Insurance Program that offers: protection of property of others in the conservator's care, custody and control; Errors and Omissions sublimit is now included in the Conservators Property Insurance Program; and a unique Business Insurance Program that protects your business property and liability! HTB currently write coverage for over 150 conservators, so they are well aware of your unique risk management needs. HTB is also the only specialty insurance firm that has significant underwriting authority, an in-house claims department as well as experienced staff members who are familiar with the complexities of managing conservators coverage, provide sound risk management advice and are available to serve you.

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  • Artwork ArchiveArtwork Archive. Your 2019 membership grants you access to a 50% discount at Artwork Archive, a powerful suite of tools designed to help you manage, track, and organize all aspects of your conservation business. Track maintenance-related records, appraisals, and other relevant details and documentation; generate professional reports and invoices for your clients; stay on top of client relationships with full contact management support and the scheduling feature; create a portfolio of your work; and more. A link to the discount page will be sent to all new and renewing members for 2019.

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  • POBA | Where The Arts Live. POBA offers online resources and real world services to assist individuals, estates, and institutions to display, preserve, protect, digitize, appraise, complete and in many other ways ensure that creative legacies and art/historical collections live on. POBA’s primary mission is to showcase, promote, and preserve the creative legacies of exceptional 20th and 21st century artists who died before receiving the recognition their talent or works deserved. POBA also helps art collectors and working artists to manage their works for future preservation, viewing and value. POBA can assist you and/or your clients to address the needs of the physical works in creative legacies or art collections and to bring these collections to the digital age at the same time. POBA also often requires the assistance of conservators and will refer to and collaborate with AIC members, and can also offer your clients discounts to POBA services.

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  • Your Online Directory. As a member of AIC, you will be listed in our online member directory of the 3,500 members of AIC. You can search by first name, last name, designation, organization name, city, state/territory/province, postal code, country, e-mail address, member type, specializations, and interests or any combination of the above.

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Leading Professional Development Opportunities

  • A way to connect with your peers in your specialty. Specialty groups provide a technical focus for educational exchange through programs and publications.

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  • Discounted registration rates for our many workshops and online courses. Offering over 15 workshops a year across the country and online, AIC provides its members with convenient and cost-effective ways to keep up-to-date in their profession. Explore the many professional development opportunities listed on the Education page of our website.

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  • Discounted registration rates at the Annual Meeting. Attending the Annual Meeting offers members the opportunity to explore lectures and workshops on the latest conservation techniques and to build lifelong connections with other conservation professionals.

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  • Access to a source for funding and grants. FAIC offers grants and scholarships for professional development opportunities for mid-career conservators, conference attendance for students, special publications, and a variety of other special projects undertaken by members.

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A National Voice

  • A dedicated team working on your behalf. Partnering with allied professional organizations on the national, state, and local levels and through outreach materials, AIC is constantly striving to promote public understanding of art and historic artifacts conservation and its role in preserving our cultural heritage.

  • Resources for outreach. AIC provides materials for outreach to local schools and communities to our members. Just ask a staff member!

  • Advocacy opportunities. AIC partners with several arts organizations to promote and protect funding for the arts, conservation, and preservation, and offers our members the opportunity to join the efforts.