International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art
North America


The International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art was formed with European sponsorship in 1999. In 2003, INCCA organized a meeting at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and in 2004 it held a meeting at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. These meetings were organized to investigate the formation of an INCCA group in North America and INCCA-NA was born in 2006. Since then, INCCA-NA has conducted regular programs at professional conferences highlighting the inclusion of artists through interview and discussion.

INCCA-NA initiated the formation of a non-profit corporation in 2008 by establishing a board of directors, a program committee and a part-time Executive Director. In 2009 INCCA-NA obtained corporate status and developed fiscal sponsorship with the New York Foundation for the Arts through which the organization might receive tax-deductible donations. The Getty Conservation Institute provided financial support for the initial development of INCCA-NA, and in 2009 a founding gift was made to INCCA-NA from the New Art Trust.


  • February 2011 "Inside Installations"
    Private screening of a new film, Inside Installations, which describes three case studies of contemporary artists and their installation projects. Screening followed by a moderated discussion led by INCCA-NA Board Member, Glenn Wharton. Organized in conjunction with the New York Regional Association for Conservation (NYRAC)

  • October 2010 "An Evening with John Gerrard"
    Presentation by media artist John Gerrard of his recent work followed by a conversation about media conservation between Mr. Gerrard, Associate Curator Barbara London, and Media Conservator Glenn Wharton. Organized in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art and Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP.)

  • May 2010 "Case Studies in Contemporary Art"
    Three presentations and a moderated panel discussion at the American Institute for Conservation annual meeting in Milwaukee. Co-sponsored with the Object and Electronic Media Specialty groups.

  • February 2009 "The Importance of the Artist's Voice: Conservation and the Work of Liz Larner and Michael C. McMillen."
    Panel discussion at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. In conjunction with the annual meeting of the College Arts Association.

  • April 2008 "Interview Methodology for Conservators"
    Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, Denver.

  • February 2007 "Preserving Nam June Paik's Video Installations: The Importance of the Artist's Voice"
    Panel discussion at the Museum of Modern Art, New York as part of the annual CAA conference. Co-organized by INCCA-NA, MoMA, and the American Institute for Conservation. Sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.

  • June 2006 “The Conservation of New Media Art”
    Held at the Public Art Network Pre-conference of the Americans for the Arts annual conference in Milwaukee. Co-organized with The National Park Service.

Executive Director
Lauren Shadford

Board of Trustees

Inge-Lise Eckmann Lane
Conservator in private practice, Ketchum, Idaho

Jay Krueger
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Glenn Wharton
New York University / Museum of Modern Art, New York

Program Committee

Gwynne Ryan
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

Kendra Roth
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Richard McCoy
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Rebecca Uchill
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

Hrag Vartanian
Hyperallergic, Brooklyn, NY

European representatives:

Derek Pullen
Tate, London

Karen te Brake-Baldock
ICN, Amsterdam

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