Volunteers of the Landmarks Preservation Guild (LPG) examine and maintain works of art from Landmarks’ collection and serve as ambassadors of the program. Under the supervisor of Landmarks’ Assistant Director for Collections and Collections Assistant, volunteers “adopt” a work of art and commit a few hours each month to help ensure that the collection is cared for and looks its best. Volunteers receive training from professional conservators and Landmarks staff on how to monitor and care for fine art—a key role in keeping the UT campus beautiful.
LPG volunteers learn methods for maintaining fine art objects through required training sessions led by an objects conservator. Lessons include how to properly monitor and record changes in works of art, as well as instruction for cleaning art made of wood, stone, bronze, steel, painted metal, and found objects. Throughout the year, volunteers are also provided opportunities for hands on experience assisting conservators with more complicated conservation treatments of objects in the collection.
- Specialized training on how to care for modern and contemporary public art
- Opportunity to work closely with a professional conservator
- Pride in helping to beautify the UT campus
- Opportunities to connect with and learn from artists, fabricators, and installers
- Connections with others who share an interest in art and conservation
- Access to Landmarks workshops and special events
Volunteers contribute an average of 6 hours of service per month and are asked to commit to volunteering for at least one academic year (fall and spring semesters). This time includes training, preparation, and bi-monthly site visits and condition reports. Successful volunteers develop the ability to care for works of art at increasingly sophisticated levels by exercising sound judgment. Toward this end, interns must be willing to spend time engaging with works of art in the Landmarks collection, able to make first-hand observations and record minute changes over time, and learn how and when to intervene when conditions change. Interns must also commit to the learning process required to become knowledgeable about conservation techniques.
- Visit assigned works at least twice a month and complete condition reports
- Thoroughly observe and document each work with an online condition report
- Report condition changes and concerns to Landmarks staff
- Stay informed by attending meetings, required trainings, and special treatment sessions
- Become familiar with policies and procedures
- Interns should be responsible, meticulous, and curious thinkers with strong observation skills
- An interest in learning about conservation techniques and modern and contemporary art
- Individuals from any field of study are welcome, although a background in preservation, architecture, art and art history can be helpful
- Volunteers need not be students; UT staff members, faculty, and members of the Austin community age 18 and older are encouraged to participate
- Review the commitment, responsibilities, and qualifications
- Download the LPG application (pdf) and send completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact this address if you have general questions about the LPG program
- Applications will be reviewed and Landmarks will arrange personal interviews with volunteer candidates