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BFA Pre-Art Conservation: Resources

Professional Portfolios - Graduate Programs - Conservator’s Organizations - Labs & Centers - Art Materials Safety - Grant Writing

Professional Portfolio in Art Conservation

Now that you are in the program, take every opportunity to strengthen your portfolio, replacing early art with more mature work, and expanding the variety of media and techniques represented. Get advice on this from your Conservator-Mentor and every conservator you find who is willing to look at your portfolio.  Focused work on the portfolio happens in the senior year, but don’t wait until then to get started.

Your portfolio should ultimately demonstrate:

  • Experience and comprehension of the entire conservation process from start to finish
  • Understanding of and experience with preventative conservation
  • Understanding of and experience with documentation and the reasons for each type of documentation
  • Understanding of and experience with a variety of treatments
  • Knowledge of conservation ethics
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Excellent writing ability, including grant writing
  • Excellent research ability, including art, artists, history, materials & processes
  • Technical skills in a variety of media
  • Dexterity and attention to detail
  • Patience, curiosity, responsibility, and perseverance

Graduate Degree & Certificate Programs, partial list

Art Conservation Organizations

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) -- the national membership organization of conservation professionals.

Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC) --the national membership organization in Canada

Midwest Regional Conservation Guild (MRCG) -- professional conservation association in the Midwest U.S.

Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC) -- non-profit membership organization for professional conservators in the US western states

Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists -- merger of Society of Colorado Archivists, Wyoming archivists, and Colorado Preservation Alliance resulted in this membership organization of persons and institutions concerned with the access and preservation of the evolving historical record. Includes a list of conservators in Colorado & Wyoming.

Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC)

Conservation Online (CoOL) -- resources for conservation professionals, operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. Site includes library and discussion group devoted to the conservation of museum, library and archive materials.

Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) of Colorado -- a blog with conservation resources, news, and events

Pre-Art Conservation students


Art Conservation Labs & Centers

 In Denver

There are many other private conservators in Colorado, with varying levels of education and experience.


Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-0613
The Conservation Center 
400 N. Wolcott
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 944-5401
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048-1685
(310) 440-7320
Intermuseum Conservation Association
2915 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 658-8700
Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC)
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-3120
Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)
Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 238-124

Art Materials Safety

181 Thompson Street #23
New York, NY 10012-2586
(212) 777-0062


"Beyond the Prerequisites: Preparing for Graduate Education in Conservation"

"How to Make the Most of Your Pre-Program Internship"

“Get Involved: Conservation Education, Outreach, and Advocacy"

“What Chemists Do: Art Conservation Science - Part 1"

Grant Writing Skills

Proposal Writing Short Course

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