The Williamstown + Atlanta Art Conservation Center (W+AACC) is a non-profit organization comprised of regional conservation centers in the Northeast and Southeast. It has a member consortium of over fifty organizations throughout the East Coast and many private clients and is the largest regional conservation center in the country. W+AACC’s mission is to protect, conserve and maintain heritage objects from all cultures; to provide examination, treatment, consultation, and related conservation services for member institutions and other non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals; to conduct educational programs with respect to the care and conservation of works of art and objects of cultural interest; to participate in the training of conservators; to promote the importance of conservation and increase the awareness of the issues pertinent to collections care; and to conduct research and disseminate knowledge to advance the profession.
The organization was founded in 1977 on the campus of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Since 2008, the Williamstown labs have been located at The Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando. The Atlanta center was established in 2001 as a partnership with the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, recognizing that cultural institutions throughout the Southeast were in need of conservation services. The Atlanta labs occupy an ultramodern shared facility near The High.