The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts is a graduate program within New York University for the study of the technology and conservation of works of art and historic artifacts. Here you can find information about our school, including our faculty, curriculum, application process, and financial aid policy, as well as take a virtual tour of our building, the Stephen Chan House. Our annual newsletter is also available in PDF format on the site, and we encourage you to read it to learn about recent activities and projects of students, alumni and faculty, as well as new initiatives at the school. You are also most welcome to visit the Conservation Center first-hand; if you are interested in seeing the school, please make an appointment electronically by sending an e-mail to: .
The Conservation Center prepares students for careers in conservation through a four-year program that combines practical experience in conservation with historical, archaeological, curatorial, and scientific studies of the materials and construction of works of art. Students undertake research projects, laboratory work, seminars, and gain intensive conservation experience through advanced fieldwork and the fourth-year internship. The oldest degree-granting conservation program in North America, the Conservation Center has a particularly rich history.
Our program's specially designed facilities in the Stephen Chan House provide modern and flexible laboratory, library, and classroom spaces that were purpose-built for conservation training. Located on East 78th Street in Manhattan, diagonally across from the Institute of Fine Arts' James B. Duke House, the Center enjoys ready access to the Institute's art historical resources as well as the extraordinary collections of New York City, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and nearby galleries, private collections, auction houses, and historic properties. Our location in the art capital of the world also makes it easy to draw upon the many conservators and conservation scientists in the area. On average, we have over forty visiting conservation professionals per year, creating a dynamic atmosphere in which to learn the three fundamentals of our program -- art history, conservation practice, and conservation science.
Enjoy the website and I hope to meet you in New York!
Michele D. Marincola
Sherman Fairchild Chairman and Professor of Conservation