Call for papers - Towards Art In Transit 2.0

AIC 2024, Salt Lake City, Utah

18 Aug 2023

Art in Transit (ed. Mecklenburg, 1991) is a classic of conservation literature, but it has aged. Now it is the time to begin the work of updating and extending it. 

We seek abstracts for a one day symposium on current work and practice in packing and shipping collection items. We intend that the discussion should include items beyond paintings. We invite papers on such topics as

  • loan agreements, 
  • risk assessment for travel, 
  • estimating and reducing the environmental footprint of travel, 
  • designing and predicting the performance of crates, 
  • assessments of existing packing methods, 
  • descriptions of failure modes, 
  • new approaches to monitoring and couriering, and
  • on-site recovery from shipping damage.


The symposium will form a pre-session of the American Institute for Conservation’s 52nd Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 20-25, 2024. 

  • The symposium will be a one day event held on May 21, 2024, immediately prior to the main AIC Annual conference.
  • A 90 minute summary of the symposium’s work will be presented during the general session of the conference, May 22-25, 2024.

We strongly encourage in-person presentations, but the symposium may be able to accommodate people who wish to present virtually. However, the symposium will not be livestreamed. The 90 minute summary in the general session will be livestreamed, and recordings of that session will be available on-demand after the meeting to both remote and onsite attendees. 



For instructions and to submit an abstract, visit the pre-session web page here. Abstracts can be submitted by clicking the Submit to Symposium button on the page.

Abstracts should describe your paper in a maximum of 500 words. Your submission will also need to include a separate speaker bio of no more than 300 words. 


The submission deadline is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2023. Abstracts which are submitted late will be considered on a case by case basis, and may not be reviewed.


Abstracts will be reviewed by the symposium co-chairs: Vincent Laudato Beltran (Getty Conservation Institute), JP Brown (Field Museum), Dale Kronkright (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum), and Mark Ryan (Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum).

FAIC offers professional development grants and scholarships to assist with costs associated with conference attendance.



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