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The AIC Sustainability Committee had the honor of representing the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) at the first-ever Climate Heritage Mobilization event at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit held September 12-13th in San Francisco, CA. The Mobilization is “devoted to the role of cultural heritage and historic preservation – tangible and intangible- in Climate Action. Its aim is to highlight how heritage actors can help their communities achieve their climate targets and the ambitions of the Paris Agreement with an emphasis on integrated nature-culture approaches.” The event was organized with support from ...
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The Sustainability Committee (SC) seeks abstracts for papers to be presented at the upcoming AIC Annual Meeting in Uncasville, CT and New England, May 13-17, 2019. This year's theme is "New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care." Submission of original research and work related to the theme are welcome, and any submissions related to sustainable conservation and preservation will be considered.   Topic ideas include: - How does sustainability affect how you select, use, and dispose of materials? - Have you developed any new tools or tactics to make your practice more sustainable? - Have you implemented more sustainable ...
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The Art Conservation Program at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, seeks applications from qualified individuals for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor to begin 1 July 2019. The position involves the teaching and supervision of graduate students in theoretical and laboratory courses covering the history, technology, and conservation of artifacts and artworks from historic, archaeological and ethnographic contexts. Applicants must have in-depth knowledge and expertise covering a wide range of organic and inorganic materials including ceramics, glass, metals, stone, bone, ivory, textiles and wood. The successful candidate will ...
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According to an article by Raphael Minder in the September 9, 2018 issue of The New York Times (" In Repaint Job, Virgin Mary Gets Turquoise Hair "), another artwork in a Spanish church has been given a restoration by an untrained (in conservation) churchgoer. Such unfortunate restorations seem to happen with some frequency in Spain. If  Spaniards feel such an attachment to the works of art in their local churches that they can't bear to to see them neglected, perhaps conservators in Spain can marshal these feelings into a push for more funding for conservation.
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Interested in learning how to pull together a plan for historic building repairs? Attend Historic New England's day and a half field school where you will discuss preservation philosophy and project planning and do field exercises in conditions assessment, prioritization, and project scoping.  October 19-20 at Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, CT. Special student rates for those in school and up to five years out. Follow these links for an outline of the course and for registration .
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The Getty Conservation Institute’s (GCI) postdoctoral fellowship is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhDs in chemistry and other physical or material sciences with experience in conservation science. The 2019-2021 Postdoctoral Fellow will be an integral part of the GCI Science’s Preventive Conservation and Modern and Contemporary Art research initiatives ( http://www.getty.edu/conservation/about/science/index.html ). In support of the GCI’s mission to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, much of the Science department’s work in preventive conservation involves assessing the effects of environmental conditions on museum objects. ...
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The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) , a non-profit institution providing conservation and preservation services since 1977, is seeking a Paper Conservator for a full-time, permanent position. This position offers potential for professional growth through varied and challenging treatment on a wide variety of paper artifacts. The candidate should have demonstrated ability in both fine art and archival collections treatment. Ability to work with peers as part of a team is essential, as is the ability to plan and structure one's own treatments according to a schedule. Responsibilities The Conservator will build relationships with ...
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Opportunity for EU- citizens Development Worker as Advisor for Stone Conservation (m/f/d) to the Cambodian Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA) Since its inscription into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1994, Angkor became one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, attracting several million visitors from all over the world each year as a result today. GIZ supports the local APSARA Authority, which is tasked with the upkeep and management of this significant historic site, in strengthening and expanding the capabilities of the existing team of currently 19 local stone conservation ...
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In the Science Times section of the August 28, 2018 issue of The New York Times, Xiaozhi Lim wrote about the disintegration of plastic objects in museum collections and the research on plastics being carried out by scientists and conservators at the Getty Conservation Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, and other museums (" When Plastics Perish ") . The lay person who reads the description of the disordered molecules in a plastic with lots of gaps between them slowly reorganizing and packing themselves more efficiently, will never look at a coffee cup lid in quite the same way again.
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PHOENIX ART RESTORATION / Paintings Department Manager  Position Status: Full-Time Salaried/Hourly: Hourly-Est.60k Category: Conservation Location: Seattle Area Program/Dept. Paintings Department Position Title: Paintings Department Manager Job Summary Phoenix Art Restoration seeks an experienced conservator/restorer to perform and manage the restoration of paintings for public, private, and commercial sources. The position calls for treatments on a wide range of works from all periods. This is a permanent, full time position in the Seattle area. Benefits include medical, dental and vision as well as paid vacation. Will consider partial ...
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Simon Schama’s September 3, 2018 New Yorker article about the Forbes Pigment Collection housed in the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard University ( “Blue as Can Be”  ) tells the story of the development of the collection and the history and manufacture of several of the pigments in it, including  YInMn Blue, Vanta Black, Dragon’s Blood, Mummy Brown, Indian Yellow, and Perkin’s Mauve. The stories are so captivating that one imagines scores of readers who were previously ignorant about pigments and  color searching for more information about them.
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Princeton University Library (PUL) seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, and collaborative Exhibitions Registrar & Gallery Operations Manager to coordinate exhibitions in PUL spaces, oversee movement and preparation of material for exhibition, and implement best practices for exhibitions and loans. This exciting new position will work with PUL’s diverse staff at all levels to develop and grow our Exhibition and Loan Program. The incumbent manages PUL exhibition spaces, including the newly-completed Ellen and Leonard L. Milberg Gallery; oversees numerous simultaneous exhibits, loans, and other projects; communicates, coordinates, and negotiates with stakeholders; ...
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The National Air and Space Museum is in the process of redesigning and updating its galleries in Washington, DC, and as part of this work, the mural painting A Lunar Landscape by Chesley Bonestell will be installed into a new gallery. NASM requires the services of a mural conservator to conserve, mount, and frame this oil on canvas mural for long-term display, and install it in its new gallery location. Work will take place off site at the contractor’s own place of work. Additional information about this project, including the Request for Quote and Statement of Work documents, can be requested by contacting Elizabeth Beesley ( BeesleyE@si.edu ). Pre-bid ...
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ECS – Midwest, a division of HF Group ( www.ecsconservation.com ), is looking for a self-motivated conservation technician. This position will report directly to the Conservation Manager.  Job Description: Performs conservation treatments on book and paper materials. These treatments include, but are not limited to: cleaning, washing, deacidifying, mending, sizing, mylar encapsulation, book binding, book restoration, and making protective enclosures for books. Performs technical administrative functions incidental to conservation activities including, but not limited to, treatment and billing documentation, supply ordering, quoting conservation projects ...
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Climate change presents an array of challenges for our society in the years to come. But what role can the cultural heritage sector play in facing these challenges? The Cultural Heritage Mobilization aims to unite culture, heritage, indigenous, sustainability, and community organizations from across the globe at an event to be held on September 12 th in San Francisco. This event is an official affiliated program of the Global Climate Action Summit ( http://globalclimateactionsummit.org/ ). AIC is proud to be supporting this effort as an Endorsing Organization. The Mobilization will also feature a diverse collection of culture and heritage actors such as the ...
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Amann and Estabrook Conservation Associates , a New York City-based conservation studio specializing in modern and contemporary art, is seeking a full-time painting conservator, available immediately. This position offers potential for professional growth through varied and challenging treatments. The candidate should have demonstrated ability in treatment of modern and contemporary paintings and the ability to work under tight deadlines. Working with peers as part of a team is essential. The candidate should be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent apprenticeship training, with at least two years additional experience. ...
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PO3: Starting salary £37,650 rising in annual increments to £40,653 pa incl LW plus market supplement. Lambeth is a vibrant inner London borough with a significant range heritage assets from good Regency and Victorian housing through to iconic 20 th   century buildings including internationally renowned London landmarks such as the Southbank Centre, Lambeth Palace and Brixton Markets. The borough is proud of its rich culture, history and heritage and at the same time is forward looking with two Opportunity Areas and areas where high-density, tall building development is being encouraged and coming forward at a pace.  This is an exciting time to work within ...
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Part II of  "Planning a Life Cycle Analysis Library of Preventive Conservation Methods" Sarah Nunberg, Objects Conservation Studio Sarah Sutton, LEED-AP, Sustainable Museums This project is about making the invisible visible through employing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to identify the environmental and human health impacts of the materials we use and practices we follow. It aims to help custodians of cultural heritage identify their environmental impact through informed decision making.   Though LCA is mostly new to the cultural heritage profession, it was developed in the 1960s and 1970s and is currently used by industry with the ...
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The Denver Art Museum is accepting applications for an objects conservator for a two-year, full-time, benefited position at the assistant or associate level. There is potential for an extension to a third year. The objects conservator will report to the Director of Conservation and work directly with the Senior Objects Conservator and Associate Conservator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The successful candidate will undertake all relevant documentation, perform treatments on, and prepare for display three-dimensional objects ranging in age and origin. The position has been established to support ongoing exhibitions and the re-installation of galleries currently ...
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The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) seeks a senior conservator to head the Center’s paper conservation department. The position will lead the department into the future as BACC implements exciting new strategies and services thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. The department is currently staffed by a Chief and Assistant Conservator of Paper, is supported by BACC administrative staff, and shares a conservation technician with the Center’s Paintings Conservation Department.  BACC is an active, nonprofit regional conservation center located in the heart of the beautiful and historic Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The Park ...
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