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Awards & Honors

The American Institute for Conservation awards members and allied professionals for outstanding and distinguished contributions to the field of conservation.

  • Nomination deadline is February 1. The CAA-AIC Award deadline is August 31. 
  • Current members of the Board of Directors are not eligible.
  • In support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, the committee gives special consideration to nominees whose work addresses the DEIA goals expressed in our current strategic plan and/or who identify as BIPOC or are members of groups underrepresented in the profession.


Advocacy Award

We present the David Magoon-University Products Conservation Advocacy Award for conservation professionals who have advanced the field of conservation and furthered the cause of conservation through substantial efforts in outreach and advocacy.

Allied Professionals Award

We present the Allied Professionals Special Recognition award for the advancement of the conservation profession by professionals in other fields.


We present the College Art Association-American Institute for Conservation Award for those who have enhanced understanding of art through the application of knowledge and experience in conservation, art history, and art.

Emerging Leader Award

We present the Emerging Leader Award to recognize outstanding service to the organization by a member in the early stage of their career.

Feller Award

We present the Robert L. Feller Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to the conservation profession throughout one’s career.

Forbes Medal

We present the Forbes Medal for distinguished contribution to the field of conservation.

Gettens Award

We present the Rutherford John Gettens Award for outstanding service to organization

Honorary Membership

We present Honorary Membership for outstanding contributions to the conservation profession.

Keck Award

We present the Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award for excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals.

Paintings Award

We present the Paintings Award for outstanding contributions to the field of paintings conservation.

President Award

We present the President Award for exceptional performance in the conservation profession on behalf of the association president.

Publication Award

We present the Publication Award for excellence in an article or book on conservation

Textiles Award

We present the Textiles Award for outstanding contributions to the field of textiles conservation.


Distinguished Award for Advancement of the Field

We present the Distinguished Award for Advancement of the Field of Conservation for vital and long-standing support of professional development for conservators by an institution.

Ross Merrill Award

We present the Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections for organizations that have been exemplary in the importance and priority they have given to conservation concerns and in the commitment they have shown to the preservation and care of their cultural property.


See Awards Commitee, or email

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