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Refraction, by Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, Refraction, 2014 (installation view, New Industries Building, Alcatraz); photo: Jan Stürmann

“The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”   — Ai Weiwei



Please join BAACG on Saturday March 28, 2015 for a private tour of
Alcatraz Island and the @Large exhibit.  

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is internationally renowned for work that defies the distinction between art and activism. In this exhibition of new works created specifically for Alcatraz, Ai responds to the island’s layered legacy as a 19th-century military fortress, a notorious federal penitentiary, a site of Native American heritage and protest, and now one of America’s most visited national parks. Revealing new perspectives on Alcatraz, the exhibition raises questions about freedom of expression and human rights that resonate far beyond this particular place.


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BAACG Board Meeting Minutes March 11, 2014


BAACG Board Meeting

March 11, 2014

Online Google hangout meeting


Present: Gawain Weaver (President); Niccolo Caldararo (Vice President); Sarah Johnson (Recording Secretary); Elisa Stewart (Newsletter/Web Presence Coordinator); Jonathan Fisher (Member at Large); Mellisa Woods (Member at Large).


Absent: Jean DeMouthe (Member Secretary); Nicole Passerati (Member at Large); Meg Geiss-Mooney (Treasurer).


The meeting was called to order by Gawain at 7:08 pm and seconded by Elisa.


Recording Secretary Report: Sarah had no minutes to approve as she was not present at the previous meeting. The topic of elections was raised and Sarah wanted to know if Gawain, Elisa, Niccolo, and Meg would be willing to run for office again. She also asked if Melissa would be willing to run for Recording Secretary, to which she agreed later via email. Gawain, Elisa and Niccolo agreed to run again and Meg confirmed via email that she would not.


Treasures Report: Meg did not provide a report at this meeting.


Membership Secretary Report: Jean did not provide a report at this meeting.


Presidents Report:   Gawain mentioned that William Lull would be interested in doing a BAACG workshop on energy preservation/preservation environments during the week of AIC/Memorial Day weekend, possibly at the Oakland Museum, which he will follow up on. He also mentioned the AIC Angels project which Elisa will post on facebook. Niccolo asked about an upcoming Disney Museum event. Gawain had not received a confirmation from them but could try again.


Vice Presidents Report: Niccolo mentioned that the Sacramento Museum was interesting but did not have a Conservation Dept. He also asked if there was any progress on a Presidio Trust event. Jonathan agreed to look into it.


Other business: Jonathan discussed the open MAL position with Julie deVere and she is willing to assume that role if we can move board meetings to the third Tuesday of the month. Everyone in attendance agreed that would be acceptable. According to the bylaws, Gawain appointed Julie a MAL and changed the time of future board meetings. Elisa and Sarah requested a bio from her.


Jonathan asked if we could post the Presidents and Founders list on the website and Elisa agreed to do this.


Upcoming Events: The date of June 28 was suggested for our Annual Business Meeting and everyone in attendance agreed to that date. Niccolo offered the SF State room we have used in the past. Jonathan suggested we might combine it with a Presidio event, but that timing might not be possible. Sarah suggested we have it at a museum as we have in the past, possibly the deYoung.


Gawain asked that we think about possible upcoming events. Elisa and Melissa suggested we do another Open Studio event, and everyone in attendance agreed to think of possible participants to be discussed at the next meeting. Elisa also mentioned a linkedin group called “drinking about museums” where museum professionals meet up at local bars.


The meeting was adjourned by Gawain at 8:00 pm and seconded by Sarah.    


Acrylite OP-3 UV Filtering Sheet Plastic

There is a commonly-available plastic sheeting material that filters out 98% of UV light, suitable for protection of works on paper etc.  It's called Acrylite OP-3 from Evonik Cyro LLC and it is specifically aimed at the museum display market. It comes in thicknesses ranging from .09"  to .177" (3/16") and in sheet sizes of up to 72"x96". According to the data sheet's spectral transmittance graph, the transmittance rolls off completely at 400nm.  The UV protection is part of the structure of the plastic, so it cannot come off like a coating.

It inherits is physical properties from the base material, Acrylite FF, which is rated for use in outdoor signage. Consequently, this would also be a useful material to replace the glass in front of a fluorescent task light at your restoration workstation to remove the notoriously strong ultraviolet spike from the fluorescent lights used in most modern task lights.

There are two coating options available, non-glare or abrasive restistance (resistance to damage from cleansers).

You can get it at Tap Plastics in the 1/8" thickness with or without abrasion resistance, or other thicknesses and finish options can be found elsewhere online.

2013 Amended Bylaws

Bay Area Art Conservation Guild, Inc.



1. The general purposes of the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild, Inc., (hereinafter referred to as BAACG) are to further the purposes as set forth in Article Third of the Articles of Incorporation.

2. The specific purposes of the BAACG are as follows:

(a) To provide an organization to coordinate and advance the knowledge and improved methods of conservation needed to protect, preserve, and maintain the condition and integrity of objects of artistic, historic, scientific, or cultural worth, which because of their history, significance, rarity, or workmanship have a commonly accepted value and importance for the public interest (hereinafter called “cultural works”). The term “conservation” shall mean examination (action taken to determine the nature of properties of materials and the causes of their deterioration and alteration), “restoration” (action taken to correct deterioration and alteration), and “preservation” (action taken to prevent, stop, or retard deterioration).

(b) To improve knowledge of all subjects related to the conservation of cultural works, to encourage education, study, research, to promote proficiency and skill in the practice of conservation of cultural works, to oppose any influences which would tend to lower standards and ethics, and to disseminate technical and professional information related thereto.

(c) To publish, sell, circulate, and distribute books, magazines, publications, literature, films, magnetic tapes, and general educational materials. To organize and otherwise participate in exhibitions and conferences dealing with the conservation of cultural works.

(d) To solicit funds and to receive donations and legacies. To collect dues from members.

(e) To take all action necessary or desirable in order to effectuate any of the purposes of BAACG provided that such action is in conformity with the provisions of California Law, and Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

3. Notwithstanding the aforementioned objectives, general and specific, the corporation shall not support with its funds or other resources any undertaking which would impose upon it and its members any finding or conclusion that the corporation were other than an educational organization within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.


1. There shall be three classes of membership: “Member”, “Honorary Member” and “Student Member”.


(a) Any person who shall have an interest in the purposes for which the BAACG is organized shall be eligible as a Member.

(b) Although specifically organized as a regional group for the Bay Area of the State of California, any interested person may become a Member regardless of location or national boundary.

(c) A Member shall have the right to vote, attend meetings, participate in discussions, serve on committees, and receive all publications and distributed information of and by the BAACG.


(a) The Board of Directors may from time to time in its absolute discretion confer HONORARY MEMBERSHIP upon persons whose distinguished contributions to the field of conservation warrant such designation. Honorary Members shall not be required to pay any fees, dues or assessments.

(b) Honorary Members shall have all the rights and privileges of a Member, including the right to vote.

2. Dues from the membership or assessments may be determined by a majority vote at a general meeting. Such dues or assessments will be used only to carry on the purposes defined in Section I. Funds accumulated from these dues or assessments or from grants, gifts or bequests made specifically to BAACG will be held in account and will be administered by the Treasurer of BAACG.

3. Failure of a Member to pay annual dues will result in those members being carried for a period of three months after the renewal date, after which they will be dropped from the general membership.


1. The Board of Directors shall consist of 9 (nine) members: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and four Board Members-at-Large. The management and control of BAACG shall be invested in the Board of Directors.

2. The officers of BAACG shall be the President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, and Treasurer. They are elected by the Members of BAACG for a 2 year term ending at the fiscal year until their successors are elected and qualified.

3. The four Board Members-at-large shall be elected by the Members of BAACG and shall serve staggered terms of 3 years each.

4. All officers of BAACG shall have such duties as customarily pertain to the respective offices:

(a) The President shall be responsible to BAACG for general administration, appointments, definition of established policy and supervision of all activities. He/she shall have the authority to appoint officers and directors whose positions have been vacated by resignation or death, as he/she may deem necessary to conduct the affairs of BAACG until the end of the fiscal year.

(b) The Vice President shall succeed the President in the event that his/her office is vacated. He/she shall be responsible to the President, arrange the meeting, organize the agenda of the general meetings, and coordinate all standing committees.

(c) The Recording Secretary shall be responsible for the records, minutes of the meetings, publications, announcements, and other duties as may be appointed from time to time by the President.

(d) The Membership Secretary shall be responsible for the updating of memberships, mailing lists, and the yearly roster, and will make available a copy of the Bylaws to new members.

(e) The Treasurer shall be responsible for financial records and the accounting, receiving and disbursements of dues and monies.

(f) The Board Members-at-Large lend advisory and practical assistance in the administration of BAACG and are responsible for attending Board meetings.

(g) The Web Content Editor, while not a Member of the Board of Directors, remains in communication with the Board and is responsible for maintaining content on BAACG website and other BAACG-related social network sites. The Editor shall be appointed or removed from office by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.


1. One general business meeting of BAACG will be held annually at a time and place recommended by the Board of Directors. The time and place will be announced in writing via mail or e-mail not less than 15 days in advance of such meetings by the Recording Secretary. If a general meeting shall not have been called within 14 months after the last general meeting, a general meeting may be called by 10% of the membership. All Members may vote at a general meeting. Special meetings may be called by the President by writing via mail or e-mail to all members of BAACG, giving not less than 15 days notice of such meeting. Members may vote by proxy at a special meeting. Notice of a special meeting shall specify the purposes of the meeting and proxy forms will be provided.

2. The Members present at any meeting (excluding proxies in the case of a special meeting) which has been announced in accordance with the provisions in Paragraph 1 of this section shall constitute a quorum, providing that the number is not less than seven. The vote of a majority of a quorum shall constitute the vote of BAACG except as provided in Section VII.


1. A nominating committee of three Members shall be appointed to present a slate of candidates and officers.

2. By April 1, the nominating committee will name one or more candidates for each elective office and confirm prior to that time each candidate’s willingness to serve if elected.

3. At any time, any Member may nominate any additional candidates as defined by Section V.2.

4. The election of directors and officers will be held by signed, mailed ballot or secure electronic ballot beginning May 1 and before June 1.

5. The nominating committee by simple majority, will tally and publish by mail or e-mail prior to July 1 to the general membership the newly elected directors and officers.


1. The Board of Directors may establish divisions and departments of BAACG as it may determine to be desirable, and may make such regulations of the management of same and discontinue the same as it may from time to time determine.


1. These Bylaws may be amended, added to, or repealed by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the Members voting, responding to a mailed or electronic ballot, provided that notice of such changes have been furnished in writing to the membership and provided also that such changes are in conformity with the provisions of California Law and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.


1. The fiscal year of BAACG shall commence on July 1.


1. Membership in the BAACG does not imply an endorsement of professional competence. No member may use his/her membership in any manner whatsoever as a form of advertisement for professional services implying any form of competence level.

Adopted December 1986

Previously amended May 2006

Previously amended October 2012

Last amended September 2013


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