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Groups & Networks

The American Institute for Conservation has subgroups focusing on particular specialties or topics within the organization that members may join. Led by volunteer leaders, they contribute to our newsletter, conduct sessions at our annual meeting, and develop resources. 

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Archaeological Discussion Group

The Archaeological Discussion Group is for professionals interested in the conservation of objects, structures, and sites that constitute the archaeological record.

Architecture Specialty Group

The Architecture Specialty Group is for professionals interested in the conservation of immovable properties such as buildings, monuments, and outdoor sculpture.

Book & Paper Group

The Book and Paper Group is for professionals interested in the conservation of paper materials, art on paper, books, manuscripts, and library material.

Collection Care Network

The Collection Care Network is for professionals interested in preventive conservation and collection care.

Conservators in Private Practice Group

The Conservators in Private Practice group is for professionals interested in or working in private practice conservation businesses.

Contemporary Art Network

The Contemporary Art Network is for professionals interested in working with contemporary art.

Electronic Media Group

The Electronic Media Group is for professionals in interested in the conservation of records and works involving electronic equipment, technologies, and media.

Emerging Conservation Professionals Network

The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network is for professionals entering or thinking about entering the field of conservation.

Objects Specialty Group

The Objects Specialty Group is for professionals interested in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects, decorative arts, and sculpture.

Paintings Specialty Group

The Paintings Specialty Group is for professionals interested in the conservation of oil, acrylic, mixed media, and other paintings, plus their supports, coatings. and varnishes.

Photographic Materials Group

The Photographic Materials Group is for professionals interested in all photography-related materials.

Research and Technical Studies Group

The Research and Technical Studies Group is for professionals interested in advancing scientific research in conservation.

Textile Specialty Group

The Textile Specialty Group is for professionals interested in the conservation of clothing, tapestries, embroidery, flags, quilts, and archaeological fragments.

Wooden Artifacts Group

The Wooden Artifacts Group is for professionals interested in the conservation of things like ethnographic carvings, furniture, upholstery, frames, and veneer/marquetry/boulle.