The Regional Alliance for Preservation provides information and resources on preservation and conservation for cultural institutions and the public throughout the United States.
ICA was the nation’s first non-profit regional art conservation center. The organization was founded in 1952 by the directors of six major Midwestern museums to provide professional, high quality, and cost effective art conservation services. ICA was the model used by the National Endowment for the Arts, when it began dispersing start-up funding to create a network of similar centers across the United States in 1971.
For the first fifty years of its existence, the organization was located on the campus of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. In 1970, ICA became a provider of a Master’s Degree in art conservation through the college. Although the program was discontinued in 1978, the ICA’s training, research, and degree program provided a significant contribution to the formation of a recognized group of professional conservators. ICA graduates and trainees have gone on to expand or develop conservation laboratories at organizations including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Balboa Art Conservation Center. Most continue to be leaders in today’s conservation field. Research conducted by ICA staff members resulted in publications that have become classics in the profession.
In 2003, staff and operations relocated to a newly renovated facility in Cleveland’s West Side. The historic structure is fitted with conservation laboratories, a climate-controlled art storage facility, and a large space fronting Detroit Avenue that will soon be renovated for use as a public meeting area and educational classroom. With this new urban location, and a corresponding expansion of staff and membership, the ICA has been able to redefine its role and seek out the general public and cultural institutions that are typically undeserved.
ICA offers climate-controlled storage, custom crate building and display work, surveys and inspections, studio-quality photographic documentation, educational programming, disaster planning and mitigation assistance, grant collaboration, and publications for both a professional and general audience. In addition, the ICA has initiated AMIEN (www.amien.org), a free Internet outreach program providing materials use and safety information to contemporary artists.
Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA)
2915 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
Contact: Albert Albano, Executive Director