Together with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, the American Institute for Conservation supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.
To that end, AIC is inviting applications for the Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections. The annual award honors institutions in North America that have shown an exemplary and sustained commitment to conservation and collections care through interpretation, research, scholarship, education, and/or public outreach.
Nominees should be North American not-for-profit organizations of any size responsible for the conservation of cultural property. Cultural property is defined by AIC as material that may be artistic, historic, scientific, religious, or social and is an invaluable and irreplaceable legacy that must be preserved for future generations. Collections can include fine arts, library and archival materials, natural history, natural science, musical instruments, textiles, technology, archaeology, ethnography, and photography. If a collection is located in a historical building or site, that building or site should be considered part of the collection.
Nominators should provide evidence of the nominee’s sustained and exemplary commitment to the preservation and care of its collections through description of its conservation and preservation activities, special programs, and the involvement of conservation professionals in decision-making processes.
Organizations may act as their own nominators, but additional letters of support are welcomed.