Regional Groups

From Wiki

Regional associations, social groups and guilds dedicated to conservation within the USA are listed here. Please do not list any regional centers or regional conservation labs; regional centers/labs can be listed on the conservation labs and studios list.

  • Arizona Paper and Photograph Conservation Group:
    • Mission: "A concerned group of book, manuscript, archives and photograph curators met in Phoenix to discuss what is rapidly becoming the fate of many unique historical materials--loss through paper deterioration. The APPCG became the first state organization dedicated to the cause of preserving Arizona's unique historical collections."[1]
    • Founded: October 27, 1980
    • Status: Inactive
    • Online presence: None.
    • Publications/Journals: ConservatioNews
    • Notes:


  • Bay Area Art Conservation Guild:
    • Mission: Founded "for the purpose of providing an organization to coordinate and advance the knowledge and improved methods of conservation needed to protect, preserve, and maintain the condition and integrity of objects of artistic, historic, scientific, or cultural worth." [2]
    • Founded: 1974
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence:
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes:


  • The Chicago Area Conservation Group:
    • Mission: " The group’s purpose is to promote learning and exchange ideas among those interested in, or responsible for, the preservation and protection of art, library, archival museum, or historical objects, and to foster social relationships among members, their friends, and guests. Membership in the group is open to all." [3]
    • Founded: 1974
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence:
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes: "The Chicago area’s conservation community gathered at the Newberry Library to form the CACG: Founders and shapers of the organization were Paul Banks, Gary Frost, Louis Pomerantz, Dick Smith, Merrily Smith, and Robert Weinberg."


  • Gulf Coast Conservation Group:
    • Mission:
    • Founded: post-2000's
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence:
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes: Meets in the Houston/Austin TX area.


  • Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium [ICPC]:
    • Mission: "The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium’s mission is to initiate, encourage, and enhance preservation and conservation activities in and among all Iowa repositories and institutions whose collections include a variety of materials such as audio-visuals, microforms, paper-based, and electronically-stored information for the benefit of present and future generations." [4]
    • Founded: 1989
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence: http://www.iowaconserveandpreserve.org/
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes:


  • The Midwest Regional Conservation Guild: [5]
    • Mission: The MRCG was formed by art conservation and restoration professionals with the purpose of bringing together those individuals in the Midwest region (and beyond) interested in the preservation of historic and artistic works and to promote fellowship and exchange of ideas on a professional level."
    • Founded: 1980
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence: https://themrcg.wordpress.com/
    • Publications/Journals: MRCG Spring and Fall Newsletters
    • Notes:


  • New England Conservation Association:
    • Mission: The New England Conservation Association (NECA) "hosts an annual series of meetings where members can keep up-to-date on the latest developments in conservation, enjoy refreshments with friends and colleagues, and see behind the scenes in area labs and studios. Annual workshops are organized to provide hands-on opportunities for specialized interests with a rotating subject matter." [6]
    • Founded: 1974
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence: [4], Facebook
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes:


  • New York Regional Association for Conservation:
    • Mission: "New York Regional Association for Conservation (NYRAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and sharing of current research on the preservation of visual art and artifacts." NYRAC meets primarily in the NYC area. [7]
    • Founded:
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence: NYRAC [5]
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes:


  • North Texas Association for Art Conservation:
    • Mission: "The North Texas Association for Art Conservation (NTAAC) is a collegial group interested in the preservation, conservation, and restoration of historic and artistic works. NTAAC aims to promote professional dialogue in North Texas, support educational efforts within the conservation community and reach out to invested communities." [8]
    • Founded:
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence: Facebook NTAAC Facebook
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes:


  • Southeastern Regional Conservation Association:
    • Mission: "The major focus of Southeast Regional Conservation Association, Inc. (SERCA) is to educate caretakers of cultural property and their communities about preservation as an ongoing responsibility, as well as raising awareness of and support for conservation. [9]
    • Founded: 1998
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence: [6]
    • History, see: February, 2011 in an interview with David Goist (Emerging Conservators Blog Spot): [7]
    • Publications/Journals: None at present
    • Notes:
      • SERCA was founded by conservators in Atlanta, GA and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit open to all.
      • "Students and emerging conservators may apply for the Leonora Weaver Scholarship (begun 2015), to cover registration fees and provide a small stipend for travel to SERCA’s annual educational programs."


  • SWAC:
    • Mission:
    • Founded: (late 1970's- early 1980's?)
    • Status: Inactive
    • Online presence: none
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes: Primarily Austin, TX



  • Virginia Conservation Association:
    • Mission: "The Virginia Conservation Association (VCA) promotes the care and preservation of cultural materials. The VCA offers education and training for those involved in conservation and provides a forum for discussion of pertinent issues and new developments in the field." [10]
    • Founded:
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence: VCA [8]
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes:


  • Washington Conservation Guild:
    • Mission: "The Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) was founded to promote the increase and exchange of conservation knowledge. [11]
    • Founded: 1967
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence: About WCG
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes: WCG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for professional conservators, students, and others interested in the conservation and preservation of art and historic materials. WCG.


  • Western Association for Art Conservation:
    • Mission: "WAAC, the Western Association for Art Conservation, is a nonprofit membership organization for professional conservators practicing in the western United States to exchange ideas, information and news. " [12]
    • Founded: 1975
    • Status: Active
    • Online presence:
    • Publications/Journals: WAAC Newsletter
    • Notes:


  • Western New York Conservation Guild (WNYCG):
    • Mission:
    • Founded: 1987 - late 1990's(?)
    • Status: Inactive
    • Online presence: none
    • Publications/Journals:
    • Notes:

References

  1. ConservatioNews. 1981. APPCG Celebrates 1st Birthday. ConservatioNews 1(2):1.
  2. About Us
  3. About Us
  4. Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium
  5. The Midwestern Regional Conservation Guild
  6. [1]
  7. New York Regional Association for Conservation
  8. North Texas Association for Art Conservation
  9. [2]
  10. [3]
  11. About WCG
  12. About WAAC