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50th Annual Meeting

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Los Angeles, CA

October 7-9, 2024

WAAC returns to Los Angeles for its

50th anniversary!

Register HERE



WAAC's 2024 Annual Meeting will be held inside the state-of-the-art Tedd Mann Theatre at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, CA. 


The Academy Museum opened in 2021 and features three floors of galleries dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of the film industry. It also houses two state-of-the-art movie theatres and has an active film program. It is the first large-scale museum of its kind in the United States !


The museum is located in the heart of the Miracle Mile District on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard. and Fairfax Avenue, next door to the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, La Brea Tar Pits, Peterson Automotive Museum and Craft Contemporary. It is a 15- minute walk from the famous Original Farmers Market, the Grove and other Los Angeles landmarks.

Come celebrate WAAC's 50 year anniversary with us!!!


Meeting Rates:

Members:    $150

Student, Intern, or Fellow Members:    $100

Non-Member:    $192

Non-Member Student, Intern, or Fellow:    $142

Single Day Registration:    $85


Meeting Overview                              Photos ©Academy Museum Foundation


Oct 6th:

In-painting workshop with James Bernstein.                                                         

Community outreach event with Your Neighborhood Museum

Sunday evening welcome drinks with the Conservation Association of Los Angeles 

October 7-9th:

Conference talks held at the Tedd Mann Theatre at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

October 8th: 

Afternoon reception at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Dolby Terrace


October 9th: 

Optional tours of the Academy Musuem conservation studio, Margaret Herrick Library conservation studio, Academy Film Archive, the Weissman Art Foundation, Stahl House, and Baron Hats. 

Additional museum and studio lunchtime tours will be available for sign-up during check-in on October 7th.


Sunday, October 6th


Workshop: FINISHING TOUCHES - 50 Years of Inpainting Discoveries

Join James Bernstein for a full day workshop on mastering the art of inpainting. Bernstein, a long-time WAAC member, is offering a condensed version of his highly appraised 5-day workshop, presented 44 times! This workshop will be comprised of intensive lectures, encompassing preparation, filling, color, pigments, media, diluents, technique, and philosophical approaches.  Please note there will be no hands-on component.  This is for conservators of all specialties desiring to improve their inpainting knowledge and skills! The workshop will be held at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. $95


(Academy Museum, 6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036)


Community Outreach Event (all day)

WAAC is excited to be working with Your Neighborhood Museum, to provide a community outreach event on the Sunday before the conference! Your Neighborhood Museum is an organization that is dedicated to making critical museum services, such as art conservation, directly available to artists and cultural organizations by creating collaborative and sustainable, community-led projects. Please consider volunteering your time and skills and/or donating to the event.  Details about the event, as well as sign ups, will be announced at a later date via email to WAAC members. 


Pre-Conference Social (6-10pm) 

WAAC is excited to host a pre-conference social event with the Conservation Association of Los Angeles (CALA), the city’s very own regional conservation network!!  We will be gathering at All Season Brewing Co. (just a 5-minute drive from the Academy Museum) to say hello, drink, eat and socialize. All Season Brewing offers a wide selection of local craft beers, ciders, a full bar, and a taco food truck with vegan options. All CALA and WAAC members are welcome!! 

(All Season Brewing Co. 800 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036) 


Monday, October 7th:


Conference Talks (9 – 5pm)

Conference talks will be held in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures - Tedd Mann Theatre. Box lunch options are available during registration. 

Tuesday, October 8th:


Conference Talks (9 – 5pm)

Conference talks will be held in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures - Tedd Mann Theatre. Box lunch options are available during registration. 


Evening Reception/ WAAC Anniversary Party (6-9pm):

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the WAAC Annual Meeting with an evening cocktail reception on the Dolby Terrace. The Dolby Terrace is located at the Academy Museum on top of the David Geffen Theater. It sits beneath a glass dome and provides one of the most stunning vistas in Los Angeles!  Come enjoy music, an open beer/wine bar, and appetizers as we socialize and celebrate 50 years of WAAC! $35


Wednesday, October 9th:


Conference Talks (9 – 12pm)

Conference talks will be held in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures - Tedd Mann Theatre. Box lunch options are available during registration. 


Tour of Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (1:30 – 3pm)

Join a guided tour of the spectacular collection of 20th century art collected by Frederick R. Weisman and his wife, Billie Milam Weisman, who is an art conservator! The collection includes over 400 works by European modernists, surrealists, abstract expressionists, contemporary California works and more, exhibited in both interior galleries and sculpture gardens. Carpooling recommended. $20

(Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, 265 N Carolwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90077)

Tour of Baron Hats (3-4:00pm)

Baron hats is a historic hat making and restoration studio in downtown Los Angeles. It was founded by master hat-maker Eddie Baron in 1989, after he had worked for two decades at Western Costume, the premiere costume house at the time. Baron Hats has a long history making hats for Hollywood stars, from John Wayne to Denzel Washington. And it is located above Black & Sons Fabrics, another historic shop that has offered a large selection of fine wool fabrics since 1922, and is worth a stop after the tour.  Come see some beautiful hats and learn about the hat making and restoration process. $15

(546 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90013)


Tour of Academy Museum Debbie Reynold’s Conservation Studio and Collections Department (3-4:30pm)

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the objects conservation and photography studio, the collections department, and costume dressing program at the Academy Museum! Some of the gems of the collection will be on display, as well as current treatments focused on the conservation of foam and plastics. 

(Academy Museum of Motion Pictures)


Tour of Academy Margaret Herrick Library  (3-4:30pm)

Conservator Dawn Jaros, will host a tour of the Margaret Herrick Library paper conservation studio and collections. The Margaret Herrick Library, located in a beautiful Spanish colonial building in Beverly Hills, just a 5 minute drive from the Academy Museum, is one of the world’s foremost research facilities dedicated to the artform and industry of motion pictures.  Its holdings amassed since 1928 include books, photographs, scripts, production records, posters, and much more. The Library will open its doors and collections to you all, as well as a tour stop in the conservation studio, where Dawn will discuss the library’s conservation program, and show some of the gems of the collection that are currently being treated.

(MHL, 333 S La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211)


Tours of Academy Film Archive and Museum Storage (3-4:30pm)

The Academy Film Archive, founded in 1927, is home to one of the most diverse and extensive motion picture collections in the world. The director of the archive will lead a tour of the large cold storage vaults where over 250,000 items are held. Afterwards, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes view of the Academy Museum’s permanent collection. The archive is located at the Pickford Center of Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, a 15 minute drive from the Museum. Carpooling recommended. 

(Pickford, 1313 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028)


Evening tour of Stahl House (6-8pm)

The Stahl House: Case Study House #22, completed in 1960, is a world-renowned architectural gem, considered one of the most iconic and recognizable examples of mid-century modern homes in the world. It was first envisioned by the owners Buck and Carlotta Stahl, designed by famous architect Pierre Koenig, and immortalized by the photographer Julius Shulman. The house is perched beautifully in the Hollywood Hills, a 15 minute drive from the Academy. The house is glass on three sides, and overlooks the city below. This evening will be worthwhile for those who love 20th century modern architecture or want to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city at sunset to close out the conference in style. Spaces highly limited. Register now! Carpooling will be arranged via email. $50

(Stahl House, 1635 Woods Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90069)

Submit a Presentation!


One of the most valued aspects of the WAAC Annual Meeting is that the presentations represent conservation work from all specialties, and conservators from all stages of their career. WAAC highly encourages you to consider presenting at WAAC whether you are a graduate student researching an interesting topic, a conservator in private practice with a complicated treatment, a museum conservator amid a large collections move, or other! There is no specific theme to this WAAC Meeting, however, as it is its 50th anniversary, we ask that presenters choose a topic they feel passionate about in the field! 


Presentations are 20 minutes in length. 

Deadline for abstract submissions is July 1st, and selections will be announced August 1st. 


Please submit presentation abstracts to WAAC President, Sophie Hunter:, or

Photos ©Academy Museum Foundation


Where to stay? 


WAAC has secured a hotel block with a discounted rate at the beautiful Short Stories Hotel, which offers a tranquil retreat with its airy and calming design, inspired by LA’s breezy natural aesthetic. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, and pool, and is located directly across the street from the famous Original Farmer’s Market, where there are a variety of shopping and dining options. It is a 15-minute walk down Fairfax Blvd. to the Museum. 


The Room Rate is $269 for Signature Kings, $279 for Jr. Suite Kings and $289 for premium doubles. The amenity fee is waived and a 50% discount on valet parking is provided. 


Please use this booking link to book your room, or call the front desk at 323-937-3930 and ask for a room with WAAC!

(Short Stories Hotel, 115 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036)


Other hotel options:

There are several other hotels within walking distance of the Academy Museum:


Kimpton Hotel Wilshire

A 6-minute walk to the Museum

6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. 

Reservations: 866.650.2154 


AC Hotel by Marriott Beverly Hills 

A 10-minute walk to the Museum

6399 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Reservations: 323.852.7000










Become a Sponsor!

WAAC is currently seeking sponsors for the meeting! Please consider becoming a sponsor, by emailing Sophie Hunter at


Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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