American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Objects Specialty Group
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The Objects Specialty Group (OSG) of the American Institute for Conservation was organized to support the professional development of its membership who treat a broad range of media and objects, including archaeological and ethnographic, decorative arts and sculpture, contemporary art, and historic collections. The 600+ members include conservators employed at museums, private practices, regional centers, universities, and training programs.

conservator at work The major activity of the OSG is the development of programs, including AIC annual meeting sessions, specialized preconference seminars, symposia, and training courses. Specialized pre-sessions have focused on protein chemistry, outdoor sculpture, and gilded metals. OSG has published the proceedings of the annual meeting programs since 1993 and plans to continue that effort. Each member of the OSG receives a copy of this publication. The Publications Committee of the OSG works with Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) staff to produce articles and issues on topics of special interest to objects conservators.

Another benefit of membership in the OSG is access to OSG-L. OSG-L is a closed listserv used by members of OSG to quickly contact numerous colleagues with similar interests and experience. All OSG-L messages have been archived, allowing searches on messages carried out since 1996.

If you are interested in joining the Objects Specialty Group contact the American Institute for Conservation

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