Our Structure

AIC is a national membership organization with a large volunteer leadership. Overseen by a board of directors, AIC contains various committees, networks, and specialty groups which contribute to health and vitality of the entire organization.

For more information, see our Organizational Chart.

 

Board of Directors of the American Institute For Conservation
Board of Directors of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation

The charge of the committee is to hear appeals of all actions of the AIC board of directors taken pursuant to Section II, 12 of the AIC bylaws.
The charge of the committee is to: hear and assess issues of alleged misconduct or interpretation of the code of ethics and guidelines for practice and attached commentaries; serve the public and members of AIC in clarifying proper adherence to the principles and stated within the code of ethics, the guidelines for practice, and the commentaries; serve in an advisory capacity to the AIC board, which retains the power of a final decision.
The charge of the committee is to process membership applications.
The charge of the committee is to prepare a slate of candidates to present to the membership for annual election of AIC board directors and officers.
The charge of the committee is to assist the board of directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the financial reporting process, the system on internal control over financial reporting, and the audit process.
The charge of the committee is to: maintain, monitor, and evaluate the process used to select awardees and to present the awards; promote the importance of the awards and to invite nominations through various sources and means; review applications submitted and to present recommendations of awards to the AIC board; gather biographical information on award recipients and assist with award presentations; recommend the establishment of additional awards to the AIC board, if appropriate.
The charge of the committee is to advance the membership’s knowledge of conservation practices and information. It provides expertise in the development of continuing education programs, encourages individual professional development endeavors and promotes the dissemination of current educational information and issues within the conservation field.
The charge of the committee to promote awareness and increase knowledge of the AIC membership in the areas of emergency preparedness, response and recovery for cultural heritage by: contributing to the production of articles (published or web-based), brochures and handouts which provide pertinent educational and technical information; organizing and developing lectures and workshops that provide for a foundation of understanding and the skill sets/tools needed for this type of work; supporting the function and role of the National Heritage Responders; working with other AIC Committees and Specialty Groups to most completely and accurately disseminate information; partnering with other collection-based institutions or organizations to develop broad-reaching educational training tools.
The charge of the committee is to make recommendations to the AIC and FAIC boards of directors regarding investment policy objectives and guidelines, selection and review of investment managers, and measurement and evaluation of investment performance.
The charge of the committee is to: provide educational and technical information to the AIC membership to increase knowledge of safety hazards and general health issues related to the conservation profession; offer information through lectures, workshops, displays, AIC publications, AIC website, and other electronic and print media; address health and safety issues of concern to the AIC membership by maintaining current information through research, by collaboration with health and safety professionals and with other health and safety organizations, and, periodically, by statistically valid surveys, the results of which will facilitate establishing priorities.
The charge of the committee is to coordinate efforts with the AIC board vice president and staff meetings director to develop the annual meeting general session presentations. The committee also recommends topics for future meetings to the AIC board.
The charge of the committee is to: maintain standards, provide guidelines and assist as necessary for all AIC publications (including the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, AIC News, annual meeting abstracts and postprints, and specialty group publications) and for the AIC website; assess advances in publication technology and strive to continually enhance the quality and availability of AIC publications; assist specialty groups by providing “Best Practices” documents for print and online publications; work with and include as ex-officio members the editors of the JAIC, AIC News, and the website, the AIC/FAIC executive director, and the AIC publications manager; assist in increasing the quality and number of publications in the field, including supporting Kress Publications fellowships.
The charge of the committee is to provide resources for AIC members and other caretakers of cultural heritage regarding environmentally sustainable approaches to preventive care and other aspects of conservation practice. They are also charged to define research topics and suggest working groups as needed to explore sustainable conservation practices and new technologies.

The charge of the network is to: create awareness of preventive care; identify and develop standards and best practices, training, and other projects to advance preventive care in institutions of all types and sizes, locally, nationally, and globally; provide resources to support collection care and conservation professionals; work with related groups to reach and support key collections care constituents
The charge of the network is to work in conjunction with the AIC Board Director for Professional Education and the membership department to: Create and maintain a forum and network for AIC members who are entering the field of conservation. This includes: undergraduate students, pre-program individuals, graduate students, and conservators with fewer than seven years experience including graduate school or other training; assist AIC in enhancing ways to serve our members who are just entering the field of conservation and help members as they make the transition from student to conservation professional; foster communication among conservation students, entry-level conservators, and experienced conservators; enhance the dialogue between AIC and the graduate-level conservation training programs; increase involvement of emerging conservators within AIC; promote the importance of service and contribution to the profession; recommend and/or provide educational and professional development opportunities for emerging conservators; encourage attainment of AIC Professional Associate status to promote the importance of professional standing within the field.

The purpose of the Architecture Specialty Group is to ensure the best possible care for immovable cultural properties such as buildings, monuments, outdoor sculpture and heritage sites, while taking into consideration the special needs and environmental issues involved.
The purpose of the Book and Paper Group is to exchange information through meetings and publications about the conservation of books and paper materials. Its members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties but share a common interest in the preservation and conservation of artifacts and collections of paper-based materials. Various discussion groups focus on areas of specific expertise such as fine art on paper, books, archives, and libraries.
The purpose of Conservators in Private Practice group is to provide a forum for members to exchange information, suggestions, and tips on the exigencies, challenges, and rewards of running private practice conservation businesses. Its mission is to: 1) to improve and support the business practices of members, to disseminate business and professional information and to encourage business education, study and research by and for its members; 2) to provide a forum for the interests of conservators in private practice within AIC and to promote the interests of conservators in private practice to allied professional organizations and in the open marketplace; 3) To support the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice and to oppose any influence which would tend to lower such standards and ethics; 4) to support just and equitable business practices within the conservation profession.
The purpose of the Electronic Media Group is twofold: (1) to preserve electronic art, electronic-based cultural materials, and tools of their creation; and (2) to provide a means for conservators and related professionals to develop and maintain knowledge of relevant new media and emerging technologies. Areas of interest include: preservation of media and art in formats such as audio, film, slides, video, kinetic art, light art, installations, interactive installations, born-digital, and web-based; creation and maintenance of digital archives; digital reformatting for preservation of and access to collection materials; digital imaging in conservation documentation; preservation and conservation of digital prints; documentation and conservation of electronic playback equipment and computer software and hardware.
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 purpose of the Paintings Specialty Group is to improve knowledge of all subjects relating to the conservation of paintings, to promote proficiency and skill in the practice of paintings conservation, and to disseminate related technical and professional information.
The purpose of the Photographic Materials Group is to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information about photographic conservation and to promote the development of sound conservation practices, to promote the publication of scholarly articles on photographic conservation and related topics,and to develop closer ties with other related disciplines, and to disseminate responsible information on the care of photographs. Areas of interest mirror the diversity of materials found in photographic media: plastic film, glass, metal, and composite objects including wood, paper prints, and album/book structures.
The purpose of Research and Technical Studies is to promote the advancement of scientific research in the field of conservation and to promote effective interaction of conservators and scientists in furthering the development of conservation practice. The function of this group is to support those who are involved in research efforts within the conservation field, and to help promote and advance scientific efforts in conservation.