The theme for AIC's 43rd Annual Meeting in Miami, FL May 13-16, 2015 will be Practical Philosophy or Making Conservation Work. All aspects of conservation, from preventive care to in-painting, include both theory and practice. In most cases, theory supports practice. Nonetheless, conservation professionals are sometimes challenged in their efforts to smoothly meld the two. Many factors, ranging from available resources to questions of public access and politics, can thwart even the best treatment plans and noblest intentions. The transition from what we initially envision as ideal to what we eventually acknowledge as realistic often requires compromise. But, are less than satisfactory outcomes inevitable? Or, can better solutions evolve from necessity? We invite presentations that discuss how philosophical principles can be successfully translated into workable - even superior - practice.
Most Annual Meeting attendees are conservators. Many own and operate private practices while others are leaders in their respective organizations. The conference also attracts a handful of students and other up-and-comers in the field. All attendees enjoy the opportunity to network with fellow conservators and learn
about new products in the industry. The Exhibit Hall is a key element of the Annual Meeting experience.
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As the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works plays a crucial role in 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.
From humble beginnings and a handful of members in 1972, AIC has grown to over 3,500 conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts in over twenty countries around the world, all of whom have the same goal: to preserve the material evidence of our past so we can learn from it today and appreciate it in the future.