Annual Meeting

SERCA’s annual meeting typically lasts 2-3 days and consists of presentation, workshop and community outreach activities. The meeting is typically scheduled during early Spring and alternates location between Atlanta, Georgia and other regional cities.

Members benefit from the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge at a cost often less than those held at the annual AIC meeting or at other regional sites. A short business meeting is held during the workshop for members to elect new officers and vote on organization activities.

Keep an eye on this page for meeting updates later in the year!

From Last Year’s Meeting…

SERCA 2021 Annual Meeting – a virtual experience
Keynote Speaker: Ann Frellsen, member of AIC’s National Heritage Responder team, retired Conservator for the Emory University Libraries and former president of SERCA.
February 25 – 26, 2021

2020 was a challenging year. Please connect with like-minded peers for the SERCA Annual Meeting 2021: Chicken Soup for the Conservator’s Soul. Interactive virtual programing will offer comfort through discussing and considering the timely issues and trends affecting the art conservation field and our work today. Keynote Speaker, Ann Frellsen, will be offering her hard-earned advice about what to be aware of and the steps you can take, physically and emotionally – to ensure a healthier response to any disaster in her talk, Self-Care for Conservators: Or How to Avoid Becoming a Disaster.

The Annual Meeting will consist of two days of lectures, lab tours, and virtual socializing. Even though you’ll be able to experience this year’s Annual Meeting from the comfort of your own home, you’ll be invited to see some interesting spaces and faces while discussing the effects 2020 has had on disaster preparedness and adaptability in art conservation. When conservators find themselves on the brink of disaster, we are forced into a creative space that yields inventive responses. Participants will be offering tips and tricks from their personal and professional experience and attendees will be invited to share any other creative solutions, favorite new tools, conservation hacks, or advice.

On Friday, talks held by conservators in each specialty will be highlighting a curated range of topics offering a unique perspective on cultural heritage in the current cultural climate and how their skills, tools, and outlook have evolved as a result of the challenges we all have faced in 2020. Attendees will be invited to participate in a custom yoga class for conservators as well as a Virtual Potluck to connect and socially engage all participants.

Click here to view the SERCA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting: Chicken Soup for the Conservator’s Soul SCHEDULE

Not sure if you can make it? SERCA has Funding Opportunities!

Leonora Weaver Scholarship:

Leonora Weaver (1957-2014) was an Atlanta-based conservator in private practice; a long-term member of SERCA; and a mentor to many students and emerging conservators across the southeast and beyond. In honor of Leonora’s commitment to education, SERCA is dedicated to the maintenance of the Leonora Weaver Scholarship, which will cover registration fees and provide a small stipend for travel to SERCA’s annual educational programs. To apply for a Leonora Weaver Scholarship, please send a resume and brief (one page) statement of how the topic of this year’s program would benefit your long-term educational and career goals. Please send this via e-mail to SERCA Education Chair, Julie Newton jnewt01@emory.edu. Application deadline for 2021 award cycle is extended to January 29th, 2021.

To help maintain the Leonora Weaver Scholarship fund, please donate using the PayPal button on the Funding Opportunities page or send a check payable to SERCA for the desired amount to:  Brittany Dolph Dinneen, SERCA Treasurer- Michael C. Carlos Museum; Emory University; 571 S Kilgo Circle Atlanta, GA 30322