Who We Are

The purpose of the Objects Specialty Group is to support the professional development of its membership who treat a broad range of media and objects, including archaeological and ethnographic, decorative arts and sculpture, contemporary art, and historic collections. Its members include conservators employed at museums, private practices, regional centers, universities, and training programs.

The OSG has nearly 950 members.

What We Do

Annual Meeting

Specialty groups coordinate specialty programming at AIC’s Annual Meeting.  Programming sometimes corresponds with overall meeting theme, sometimes concentrates on a special theme and frequently includes collaborative efforts with other specialty groups.  Topics covered include collections management, treatments, updates on research, disaster recovery, research and analysis, case studies, techniques, and other issues. The program is usually a full day or more of paper presentations, panel discussions, tips sessions, workshops, as well as a business meeting and social events. Program content is then sometimes assembled into publications.

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Specialty groups maintain listservs, which are valuable forums where colleagues with similar interests and experience can share and exchange ideas and practical information, facilitate open discussion, disseminate group-related news, questions, job postings, announcements, comments of interest, and general information. Listservs are closed lists. Subscription to them is benefit of membership in the specialty group. All new members of the group are automatically subscribed to the list. To unsubscribe, contact the listserv moderator. All messages are archived and are searchable.

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Publications and Resources

Specialty groups prepare topic-based publications, typically though not always a collection of concepts presented at the AIC's Annual Meeting turned into long-form articles. While not peer-reviewed, these postprints present a wealth of information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments. They also produce publications and resources that range from catalogs of conservation treatments and techniques, to conservation wikis, and to various special topic publications and resources. Electronic and print versions of past and current publications are usually available in the store, either free or for a fee.

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Discussion Groups

Specialty groups sometimes form smaller subgroups to address specific topics. The Objects Specialty Group created the Archaeological Discussion Group.

Grants and Scholarships

Some specialty groups offer grants or scholarships to their members or those interested in working on projects related to the specialty area. The Objects Specialty Group created the OSG Individual Grants to Attend AIC Annual Meeting to help defray costs for OSG members to attend the AIC Annual Meeting.

How We Work

Each specialty group is managed by officers who guide the group based on its adopted Rules of Order.

How to Join

For more information on dues and how to join this group, go to Membership.