Our staff are here to provide the highest quality art conservation and collections services. As the oldest, full-service art conservation laboratory in the country our clarion call is "Art Conservation for the Nation!"
We believe that BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Our staff brings the same commitment to quality to each and every project that comes through the big blue door at our facility in Cleveland's historic Hingetown.
No art piece is too large or too small for our conservators. We offer our customers the highest quality of care whether your bring us centuries-old painting or a family heirloom that needs some tender, loving care.
Each and every one of our conservators is an AIC Fellow, AIC Professional Associate, or active member of AIC. Our technicians and support staff bring a wide range of skills to the care and handling of material culture treasures.
We care about your art and treasures and have done for nearly 70 years. ICA is the nation's non-profit conservation lab and we are committed to the highest quality service.
ICA - Art Conservation (ICA) protects, preserves, and enriches our shared heritage of art and material culture through conservation, advocacy, and education.
ICA is a unique arts, culture, and education nonprofit that provides access to conservation expertise, knowledge, and skill for all stewards of material cultural through services and programs. As an educational nonprofit, ICA works with arts, culture, education, history, neighborhood, public, and private partners to make our communities stronger and more successful by educating about material culture and sharing the means to preserve works of art and other cultural treasures for people today and for future generations.
ICA, founded in Oberlin in 1952, was the nation’s first non-profit regional art conservation center.
Originally known as the Intermuseum Conservation Association, ICA was established by the directors of six major Midwestern museums in order to provide professional, high quality, and cost-effective art conservation services and specialized graduate level conservation education. ICA became the model used by the National Endowment for the Arts when it incentivized a network of similar centers across the United States in 1971. In 2003, ICA relocated to a newly renovated facility in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood to be closer to the population that it serves. ICA's historic building houses conservation laboratories, climate-controlled art storage, workshops, and a large space fronting Detroit Avenue, which will be renovated as an education and community space in 2020.
BLACK LIVES MATTER!
ICA’s Racial Equity, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement
ICA’s mission is to preserve the corpus of human visual material culture -- artistic, historic, scientific, and cultural – for all people today and in the future. Our work touches on objects born of all cultures, all times, all geographies, and all belief systems. It is imperative that ICA conduct its work within an environment that transcends any race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, citizenship, immigration status, disability or protected class. All perspectives are relevant, vital, and welcome in the development and implementation of the best solutions to conserve and preserve our visual material culture.
Internship Opportunities - Offered as Available
Because of ICA's impending move to new premises we will not be offering any internships for the remainder of calendar year 2021
Pre-Program Internships - Internships of this type are required before students can apply to one of the three graduate programs in fine arts conservation in the United States. The ICA periodically, and as appropriate projects allow, accepts a pre-program intern. Please note: the ICA does not offer full-time pre-program internships. Interns generally work only a few hours each week in one of the conservation departments. No stipends or relocation assistance monies are available.
Final-Year Graduate Conservation Internships - Final year students in fine arts conservation graduate programs are required to complete an internship. The ICA periodically, and as appropriate projects allow, accepts final year graduate interns.
Two-Year Advanced Training Fellowships - As funding permits, the ICA accepts recent graduates of conservation programs in the fields of paper, paintings, and object conservation. This type of post-graduate work experience is required of a conservator before s/he assumes a professional placement. Positions are highly competitive and applications are accepted from the United States and abroad.
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