The Williamstown + Atlanta Art Conservation Centers form a nonprofit organization comprised of two regional conservation centers devoted to the conservation and preservation of cultural and historical objects in the North and Southeast.
Under the leadership of Director, Tom Branchick, we serve as a consultant and partner on all aspects of collections care for museums, libraries, educational institutions, historical societies, archives, corporations, independent art professionals, and private collectors. We have a member consortium of over fifty organizations throughout the East coast.
The conservators at the Williamstown and Atlanta Art Conservation Centers 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.
THE WILLIAMSTOWN ART CONSERVATION CENTER (WACC)
WACC was founded in 1977 on the campus of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Our state-of-the-art conservation facility is located at TheClark’sStone Hill Center, designed in 2006 by Pritzker Prize architect Tadao Ando.
WACC offers consultation and treatment for the preservation of a full range of artworks and artifacts and state-of-the-art scientific analysis (materials characterization and identification). Our multi-disciplined team of conservators have expertise in paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculpture, multi-media objects, textiles, furniture, frames, decorative arts, conservation science, and modern and contemporary art.
Education and professional development is integral to our mission as a regional conservation center. Our conservators teach in the graduate art history department at Williams College, provide mentorship to graduate and pre-program conservation interns, and host a variety of preventative conservation workshops.
THE ATLANTA ART CONSERVATION CENTER (AACC)
AACC was established in December 2001 as a partnership between the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and the High Museum of Art to provide conservation services to cultural institutions throughout the Southeastern United States. Our staff manages the 6,686-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility set up by the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The lab is equipped with complete photo-imaging equipment and climate-controlled storage for artwork undergoing treatment. Like WACC, our conservators in Atlanta have expertise in paintings, paper, and multi-media objects. Additionally, we can conduct scientific analysis at our Williamstown location for our clients in the Southeast through our WACC-AACC partnership.