Jamye was proud to learn that she has recently been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Only conservators who have been Professional Members of AIC for two years, and who have ten years of full-time professional experience in the field, are eligible to apply for Fellow status.
The process to become an AIC Fellow is a rigorous one. The conservator must complete an extensive application, listing all previous education, work and publication/teaching achievement. She must also submit detailed treatment samples and letters of support from other AIC Fellows.
In her accompanying essay, Jamye wrote, “In the broadest of terms, any professional status lends gravity not only to the individual, but to the field as a whole. The designation of Fellow is recognized in many other academic and professional fields as one who is a leader within that profession. If we as conservators would like to hold ourselves to that same standard and be accepted by our academic peers as the dynamic specialty we are, it behooves us to continue the lineage of AIC Fellows who will represent our field into the future.”