The Williamstown Art Conservation Center is a nonprofit regional conservation facility devoted to the conservation and preservation of cultural and historical objects.
Located on the campus of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC) treats a full range of artworks and artifacts, including paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculpture, art objects, textiles, furniture, fine frames, antiques, heirlooms, and personal treasures.
The Center serves museums, libraries, educational institutions, historical societies, and archives, as well as corporations, independent art professionals, and private collectors. WACC offers state-of-the-art scientific analysis, and serves institutions as a consultant and partner on all aspects of collections care.
The Center is the largest multi-disciplinary regional conservation center in the United States. Its home in the Clark's 2008 Stone Hill Center, designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is among the nation's most sophisticated facilities. Highly-skilled conservators and technicians have the expertise to undertake projects of virtually any scale or level of complexity. The conservators at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center adhere to the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice as formulated by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC), the national membership organization of conservation professionals. Written records and photographic documentation assure a permanent archive of information on all objects, enhancing monetary value, scholarly reference, and efficacy of future conservation.
WACC participates in conservation education and the training of conservators. Staff members teach an annual course on professional techniques and standards in conjunction with the Clark Art Institute and Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. WACC offers pre- and post-graduate internships to young conservators from institutions with accredited art conservation programs. The Center regularly conducts research, collaborates on international projects, and hosts conservators from countries as diverse as the Netherlands, Romania, and Mongolia. Through its semi-annual publication Art Conservator, WACC promotes conservation practices and increases awareness of issues pertinent to collections care.
Daniel Chester French, Victory, before treatment. (Chesterwood collection.)