TREASURED LANDSCAPES: National Park Service Art Collections Tell America’s Stories launch

NPS Landscape Art
The National Park Service Museum Management Program is pleased announce the publication of TREASURED LANDSCAPES: National Park Service Art Collections Tell America’s Stories (book) and a companion virtual exhibit in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, 1916–2016.  Artworks from over 50 national parks are featured in the book and the exhibit.
Landscape art played a major role in the establishment of the National Park Service and inspired national leaders to protect and preserve these special places for all Americans. Stunning paintings, watercolors, sketches, and works on paper from National Park Service museum collections are seen together for the first time. They capture America’s treasured landscapes from Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley, to works displayed in the homes of such eminent Americans as Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Laurence Rockefeller. Other works mirror American experiences, from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, to solitary Southwestern scenes, to wildlife in nature. These works of art convey a visual record of the Nation’s stories and reveal the remarkable diversity and engaging history of the National Park Service.
Book available through Eastern National eParks
National Park Service Virtual Exhibit

BROMEC 36, the Bulletin of Research on Metal Conservation, is now available

BROMEC 36, the Bulletin of Research on Metal Conservation is now available online at the following websites:

Seven research abstracts and 2 announcements are presented, together with the usual lists of related contacts and informative metal research/conservation websites and discussion groups.

You will find English, French and Spanish language versions for downloading as PDF documents.

To subscribe for email updates about BROMEC:

As a reader, or potential contributor, we trust you will find this issue informative and useful.

BROMEC Editorial Team

Anglophone Editor & Translator:

·      James Crawford

Francophone Coeditor:

·      Michel Bouchard

Hispanophone Coeditor:

·      Diana Lafuente

Francophone Translators:

·      Nathalie Richard

·      Elodie Guilminot

Hispanophone Translators:

·      Ana Cresp

·      Ana Pastor

First JAIC issue of 2016 now posted online

The first issue of JAIC in 2016 is now posted online at Taylor & Francis’s journal page. You can download articles at  As always, AIC members get full access to all JAIC content. Members should first log in, then access the articles through the link on this page.
In this issue, we feature these articles:

The Editor-in-Chief’s editorial is excerpted below.

Recently, I have received letters from readers inquiring about our journal’s scope. As noted online, JAIC “welcomes short communications and longer submissions on subjects of interest to professional conservators. Subjects may include conservation treatment case studies; issues of conservation history, philosophy, or method; conservation research; or technical studies aimed at addressing questions in allied fields.” Our scope has not changed. Readers have also expressed interest in seeing more articles dealing with treatment methods and materials being adopted into conservation practice. It may appear that research has become the journal’s focus, but this stems from a dearth of submissions pertaining to treatment. As AIC’s primary vehicle for the publication of peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to professional conservators, we fully encourage authors to submit treatment papers to the Journal.

In an article in the AIC member newsletter (AIC News, November 2015), I wrote that encouraging short communications may offer a possible solution to the low frequency of papers dealing with novel materials and methods. Moreover, as former JAIC Editor Michele Derrick expressed, while short communications are not extensive enough to warrant a full article, their publication is often critical because the information might otherwise become lost to the conservation field. Short communications may introduce the use of new equipment and method variations or focus on one specific detail of a larger problem. (AIC News, September 2004). Consequently, we would like to see a gradual increase in the number of case studies and treatment papers submitted in the form of short communications. […]

At JAIC, we welcome feedback from all members of the conservation community. We are enthusiastic about working together to fulfill the needs of our readers, and want to continue serving the field to the best of our ability. Last but not least, I want to thank the authors, associate editors, anonymous reviewers, book reviewers, editorial team, and translators for their efforts in making our first issue of 2016 successful.

BROMEC 36 – Call for metal conservation research abstracts

BROMEC, the Bulletin of Research on Metal Conservation, requests research abstracts (max. 400 words) and professional meeting announcements (max. 75 words) for BROMEC 36, to be published online.
BROMEC keeps you up to date with metals conservation research activities between the triennial ICOM-CC Metal Working Group meetings.
Submissions can be made in English, French or Spanish – the BROMEC Editorial Team will translate and publish submissions in the three language versions of BROMEC. Refer to BROMEC 28 found at, where you can freely access all the previous issues of BROMEC. And for subscription to BROMEC:
We trust these simultaneous multilingual issues will increase communication across a greater cross-section of the world’s metal heritage conservation research community.
Contributions can be submitted at The final submission date is Wednesday 11 May.

Call for Papers – International Journal of Young Conservators and Restorers of Works of Art (ICAR)

International Journal
of Young Conservators and Restorers of Works of Art
Editor-in-Chief – Anna Kowalik, MA
Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Publisher: Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Dear Members of AIC,
We would like to inform you about establishment of  “ICAR – International Journal of Young Conservators and Restorers of Works of Art”. It was founded at and is supported by the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.
The international scientific journal “ICAR” is dedicated to students and recent graduates of conservation and restoration of works of art and related disciplines from universities
and conservation schools. “ICAR” is the answer to a desire to publish academic research in professional journals, indicated numerous times by students and  emerging conservators and restorers.
ICAR fulfills standards for a professional scientific journal. Papers for publishing will be selected by an international Scientific Council and peer-reviewed. Our aim is to include “ICAR” in the list of high-ranked specialist journals as soon as possible.
The journal “ICAR” is established by young conservators – for young conservators. We hope that it will become a platform for exchange of thoughts, learning and development for emerging scientists – conservators and restorers of works of art.
The Call for Papers for the first issue of the Journal is open until the 6th of May 2016
We invite all students and young graduates to submit abstracts of their papers.
Further detailed guidelines about how to publish in “ICAR” are available on our website:
Yours faithfully,
Anna Kowalik, MA
“ICAR – International Journal of Young Conservators and Restorers of Works of Art”

Call for Papers: Engaging Conservation: Collaboration Across Disciplines – Penn Museum Symposium

Call for papers – Deadline: 4 April 2016
Penn Museum Symposium
6-8 October 2016
The Conservation Department of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2016. To commemorate the establishment of the lab, the Penn Museum is hosting a symposium on issues relating to archaeology, anthropology, and conservation. The symposium will explore how conservation of these materials has evolved over the past half century, the ways in which conservators may inform and support the work of archaeologists and anthropologists, and the development of cross-disciplinary engagement.
Professionals in any of the three areas are encouraged to submit abstracts of up to one page to by 4 April 2016 for consideration. Presentations will be 20 minutes. Funds towards travel and lodging are available for speakers. Successful applicants will be required to submit the full text and presentation by 30 September 2016. A resulting publication is planned. Please visit for further guidelines and instructions.
Recommended topics to consider, though others are welcome, include:

  • History of archaeological or anthropological conservation, particularly in university museums
  • Facilitating collaboration between conservators and archaeologists or anthropologists, or other interested parties
  • How conservation supports field projects
  • Advocacy for including conservation in planning and budget development
  • Planning for conservation in the development of an excavation plan, including funding conservation in the field
  • Education and training
  • Treatment techniques
  • Analysis of materials
  • Teaching conservation topics to archaeologists and anthropologists

In addition to full-length papers, we also invite short-format submissions on topics listed above as well as those related to practical tips and techniques, insights, or questions relating to the symposium theme. Please submit abstracts (300 word limit) to by 4 April 2016 for consideration. These submissions are limited to 5 minutes or less, and an informal approach is appropriate. Successful short-format applicants will be required to submit a digital copy by 30 September 2016 and will be included in the publication following the same guidelines as the full-length papers.

Kress-Funded Publication: Alice Boccia Paterakis Recently Published by Archetype Publications

Kress-Funded Publication: Alice Boccia Paterakis Recently Published by Archetype Publications

Alice Boccia Paterakis, Director of Conservation at the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology in Turkey, was the recipient of Kress Publication Funding in 2001. Her resulting book, Volatile Organic Compounds and the Conservation of Inorganic Materials, has been recently published in paperback format by Archetype Publications. Alice’s research into the topic allowed her to observe and record conditions in various museum collections; in the text she discusses appropriate treatments, storage, and monitoring based on her research into the indoor pollutants found in museums and galleries. For more information, contents, or to purchase, please follow this link:
This makes 23 published works since 1994 by authors awarded FAIC/Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publication Fellowships. Forty-two total awards have been given, and many of those who are not yet published currently are working with publishers. The fellowships have made an outstanding impact on the field of conservation and FAIC is committed to the production and dissemination of reference works for conservation professionals. For more information on the FAIC/Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publication Fellowships and recipients, visit:

Topics in Photographic Preservation now available online

pmg-siteDear colleagues,

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce Topics in Photographic Preservation, the Photographic Materials Group (PMG) biennial publication since 1986, is now available online: 

To date PMG has published 15 volumes of Topics in Photographic Preservation with volume 16 to be printed soon. This new website, managed by PMG with AIC support is hosted by CoOL (Conservation OnLine), and makes volumes 1-14 available to the public online for the first time. Future volumes will continue to be added 2-3 years after their initial publication.

This new Topics website also points users to additional photographic preservation articles published in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), and other resources created by PMG available for sale via the AIC store (

Completing this project has taken significant commitment during our tenures as PMG Chair and Publication Committee Coordinator. That said, there are many that assisted in making this valuable resource possible both before and during our tenures and we would like to thank all those who contributed over the years, especially Brenda Bernier, Paul Messier, Lisa Duncan, Brian Raniewicz, and Bonnie Naugle.


Sylvie Penichon
PMG Chair

 Jae Gutierrez
PMG Publications Committee Coordinator

Please also note these conservation publications are freely available on CoOL:

See more at, and learn more about AIC’s specialty group publications on our website! 


A backward look at conservation in the U.S. through issues of the AIC newsletter

Because I am doing research on the history of the National Institute for Conservation/Heritage Preservation, I have been spending considerable time going through issues of the AIC’s newsletter beginning with volume 1 (1975).  While doing this, I have had to force myself to stay focused on the research at hand and not get sidetracked by the wealth of information about people, meetings, exhibitions, publications, and disputes. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in knowing where the field came from and how it got to where it is today, spend some reading older issues of  the AIC newsletter.

Call for Papers: ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group Interim Meeting 2016 (Due: January 15, 2016)

ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group Interim Meeting 2016
September 21-24, 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Meeting theme: Uniques & Multiples
Call for Papers
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Photographic Materials Working Group of ICOM-CC are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 2016 Photographic Materials Working Group Interim Meeting, scheduled for 21-24 September 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This meeting is an important gathering of photograph conservators and historians from all over the world. Past meetings have been held in Wellington, Athens, Rochester, and Paris, among other locations. The 2016 meeting will be comprised of two days of workshops and tours (21-22 September, optional) followed by two days of lectures and a poster display (23-24 September).
Lecture Day 1 will be dedicated to the meeting theme: Uniques & Multiples.
The joint contemplation of the unique and the multiple touches upon the very essence of photography, from its beginnings in the 19th century until the present. While seemingly contradictory, the two concepts are actually inextricably linked and can be explored on many levels. Nicéphore Niépce, for example, was concerned with the reproduction of works of art in order to multiply and disseminate images of them, and yet in fact very few photographic artefacts form his legacy. Daguerre’s process produced a unique photographic object, but many thousands of daguerreotypes can be found in collections today. Early pioneers duplicated daguerreotypes by etching and printing from them or by creating galvanic copies; these techniques then became obsolete within years of their invention.
In our digital era of mass photography, unique analogue processes such as ambrotypes and tintypes are flourishing. Most recently, a 20th century photographic unique, the instant print, teetered on the brink of obsolescence as a result of the takeover of digital photography, but it has been revived and is currently thriving. Many questions remain unanswered on the materials and techniques, but also on the conservation and exhibition of unique photographs, such as daguerreotypes, photogenic drawings, colour screen plates, and contemporary prints with applied media; and serial objects, such as numbered editions of colour photographs and inkjet prints, may pose ethical and practical questions of reprinting and replacement. These and other technically and temporally recurrent variations of the unique and the multiple will be studied in breadth and depth on the first day of the conference.
Lecture Day 2: Free conservation topics
All original submissions covering topics relevant to the analysis, treatment, study and care of photographic materials will be considered.
Key dates to remember:
January 15, 2016        Submission deadline for abstracts for talks and posters
March 1, 2016            Notification of speakers and authors
March 15, 2015          Announcement of programme, Registration opens
Sept. 21-22, 2016       Workshops and tours
Sept. 23-24, 2016       Interim meeting
Conference Websites
Greg Hill, Coordinator ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group
Martin Jürgens, Conservator of Photographs, Rijksmuseum