Annual Meeting


SERCA 2020 Annual Meeting
February 28 – March 1, 2020
North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC
Gwen Spicer, author of Magnetic Mounting Systems for Museums & Cultural Institutions


Magnets have come into the conservation and museum realm as a reversible, minimally invasive fastener and mounting tool. The development of far stronger Neodymium rare earth magnets in the market since 1990 has only increased the use of magnets and proved to have great potential in museums.  A full understanding of magnetic systems is needed to put them to safe use. 

The workshop will consist of one day of lectures and a half day of hands on experience. The course will cover the four types of magnetic systems, the parts of a magnetic system and how they interact, how to adapt the use of magnets to best suit your artifact, how to place your magnets and how to properly store them when not in use.

A community outreach activity is planned for a half day on Saturday. The Historic Resources and Museum (HRM) Program cares for and activates a variety of properties around Raleigh that represents the capital city’s unique history. The HRM Program also manages more than 21,000 decorative art objects pertaining to this local history and material culture. The Collection includes but is not limited to furniture, ceramics, silver, glass, fine art, photographs, archives, amusements, glass and textiles dating from the 17th century to the present day spread across 13 different collections. The SERCA community outreach program will have the opportunity to be stationed at Mordecai Historic Park or City of Raleigh Museum and assist with projects such as inventories, cleaning, assessments, rehousing, scanning, and more.

The Sunday morning session is an opportunity for all attendees to present their own tips and tricks for using magnets. Share your successes and failures with magnets in treatments, exhibition, or enclosures. This session is also open for sharing any other creative solutions, favorite new tools, conservation hacks, or advice.

Instructor: Gwen Spicer, Principal of Spicer Art Conservation, LLC
Gwen is a Textile, Upholstery, Paper, and Objects Conservator, and full-time principal of Spicer Art Conservation, LLC, located in upstate New York. She received her Master’s degree from the Art Conservation Program at Buffalo State College, State University of New York. She has over twenty-five years of experience, is a Fellow of AIC, and has been in private practice since 1995. She has assisted many museums, institutions and private collectors with the treatment of artifacts and antiquities for both display and storage. Gwen is an AIC Kress Publication Fellowship recipient and is the author of, “Magnetic Mounting for Art Conservation and Museums”. The book is a practical guide for understanding magnetic systems and will assist both conservators and museum professionals in the creation of magnetic mounts.



Please note that payment is required in order to complete your registration. Payments can be made by credit card online through PayPal, or by mailing a check payable to SERCA to:
Brittany Dolph Dinneen, SERCA Treasurer
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Emory University 571 S Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322


Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown
320 Hillsborough Street
RaleighNorth Carolina 27603

We have negotiated a special rate for a block of 20 rooms:
$102 for a single occupancy room
$112 for a double occupancy room

To book the hotel online use the link below. Do NOT click the ‘Book Now’ button at the top of the page. Instead, scroll down the page to enter stay dates and click ‘Check Availability’ in order to have the SERCA discount applied.

SERCA/Holiday Inn Reservations

You can also call the hotel directly and request a room in the SERCA block to receive the discount.

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 Application deadline for 2020 award cycle is January 15th, 2020.

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