What We Do

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. 

Uphold Professional Standards

Peer-Reviewed Designation

AIC Professional AssociateAIC maintains a designation program for conservation professionals who have had their training, knowledge, and experience reviewed by a body of professional conservators who are recognized in the field.

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Find a Conservator

AIC administers a tool that helps users identify and locate professional conservation services from all across the United States and abroad, allowing them to address a wide range of conservation problems, including short- or long-term preservation needs, and collections which might consist of thousands of valuable historic artifacts, one priceless work of art, or items of great personal value.

Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice

Conservation professionals assume certain obligations when interacting with cultural property, to the owners and custodians of those items, to the conservation profession, and to society as a whole in the course of their practice. AIC sets principles that guide conservation professionals and others who are involved in the care of cultural property.

Leadership in the field

AIC is a national membership organization with a large volunteer leadership. Aided by oversight by a board of directors, AIC's various committees, networks, and specialty groups contribute to the health and vitality of the entire organization and the profession as a whole.

Promote Research and Publications


JAIC cover - February 2013AIC publishes the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), which is its primary vehicle for the publication of peer-reviewed technical studies, research papers, treatment case studies, and ethics and standards discussions relating to the broad field of conservation and preservation of historic and cultural works.


AIC sponsors a wiki that includes content created by AIC Specialty Groups, Networks, and Committees. Several specialty groups have conservation catalog compendia of working knowledge on materials and techniques used to preserve and treat works of art and historic artifacts hosted on the wiki.


AIC's specialty groups prepare topic-based publications, which are typically, though not always, a collection of long-form articles on topics which were originally presented upon at AIC's Annual Meeting. While not peer-reviewed, these postprints present a wealth of information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments.

AIC News

AIC publishes AIC News, a member-only publication, online six times per year. It provides the AIC membership with up-to-date news on topics including: national and international conservation issues, new materials and research, AIC and FAIC organizational matters, specialty group and network activities, conferences, publications, and employment opportunities.

Provide Educational Opportunities

Annual Meeting

Each year, AIC organizes the largest gathering of conservation professionals in North America. Conservators in private practice, at academic institutions and private organizations attend, as well as students entering the field. All attendees enjoy the opportunity to listen to talks about the latest research, to network with fellow conservators and to learn about new products in the industry. 

Outreach and Advocacy

AIC provides tools you can use to promote the field of conservation. From a powerpoint presentation you can customize to a list of resources you can use to talk to school age kids about conservation, resources are available to increase awareness of conservation professionals and the work they do. Help people learn how to take care of their personal heritage by showing them the Caring for Your Treasures series. Take part in an Angels Project or get involved with our advocacy efforts. There are many ways to promote the field of conservation.

Foster the Exchange of Knowledge

Member Directory

AIC maintains an online member directory of its 3,500 members. Members 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.

Surveys and Statistics

AIC regularly surveys its membership in order to better provide services and to find out what is happening in the profession. Past surveys have gathered information on salaries and compensation, continuing education interests, social media usage, job functions, conservation services used by the general public, and future annual meeting themes.


AIC’s digital assets include a variety of email lists that allow for efficient management of its groups and functions, and foster peer-to-peer exchanges that form an important part of our knowledge base. 


AIC members can use the Memberfuse Online Community to network with their colleagues. There are discussion forums spanning a variety of topics, including forums for interest groups and specialty groups, and annual meeting registrants. Members can connect with fellow members they know and also search for new contacts by shared interests. Memberfuse also contains a resource library for sharing content and materials.


BlogThumnail AIC publishes a lot of content on its blog, which anyone can subscribe to via RSS feed. Stay current on AIC's activities, including annual meeting session summaries, and discover new stories about how conservation is affecting the world.

Social Media

AIC maintains a presence on several mainstream social media outlets, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Flickr. You can use them to connect with your colleagues in the field of conservation and to learn more about conservation, as well find out about programming on conservation. AIC also maintains a list of conservation-related online resources, as well.