Proper care and maintenance of your family heirlooms and works of art will ensure that they are available for future generations to enjoy. There are many things you can do to take care of them yourself. However, sometimes it may be necessary to contact a professional conservator for advice or conservation treatment. Professional conservators combine in-depth knowledge of science and art with extensive practical experience to care for and preserve art objects, artifacts, and other items of cultural and historic value. This is why we have developed a tool to help you find the conservation services you may need.

Why a Professional Conservator

A note from someone who did not consult our Find a Conservator tool first:

"At intake in a gallery which heavily promoted [the restorer's] work (and sells legacy 19th century American Art as well as contemporary art), I was told the work was guaranteed and documented.

At pickup the sky portion of my 19th century American landscape was critically chemically damaged.  Cross linked solvent of a type other studios regard as unsafe for cleaning paintings...was used....When asked for intake photos, I got stonewalled.  The gallery promoting the work is apparently unconcerned about the outcome.

Due diligence contacting other studios in the area revealed that: the proposal was incomplete; the surface treatment was regarded as unfortunate; and no one seeing the result of the first application of cross linked solvent (which dissolved a hole through the cloud imagery to underpaint layer) would have been able to continue without realizing the painting would be damaged.

The painting, on display for 35 years, is now in storage....I seriously regret this experience..."

-Michael Harris, western NY state

Who we list

Find a Conservator is a listing of only those individual AIC members who have attained professional designation in the organization. This means they have had their training, knowledge, and experience reviewed by a body of professional conservators who are recognized in the field for their commitment to establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, partaking in educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge in the field. Some individuals listed work in institutions but take on private work in addition to their day job. Others work in private practice full-time. However, all individuals listed have undergone our peer review designation application process and are qualified. For more information on how to hire a conservator, please read through our Guide to Finding a Conservator.

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How it works

The tool provides a systematic, consistent method of obtaining current information to identify and locate professional conservation services from all across the United States and abroad.

It allows you to address a wide range of conservation problems, whether your needs are long-range or short-term and whether your collection consists of thousands of valuable historic artifacts, one priceless work of art, or items of great personal value.

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