The East Asian Painting Conservation Studio (EAPCS) is one of the few studios in the United States devoted to the conservation of East Asian paintings using traditional methods while incorporating modern innovations and ongoing research. Four permanent positions are filled by the core staff. Besides the fundamental role of caring for the Freer and Sackler collections of East Asian painting and calligraphy, the studio has two fellowship programs and conducts a range of educational and cooperative projects through the endowed Hirayama Program for Japanese Painting Conservation and the Chinese Painting Conservation Program.


Virtual Symposium

East Asian Painting Conservation: Perspectives on Education, Research, and Practice

June 29, June 30, and July 1, 2021
8:00 am – 10:00 am (Washington D.C.)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Paris)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Beijing)

A conservator training a younger conservator.East Asian painting conservation and mounting have a long history of traditional practices rooted in the cultures of China, Korea, and Japan. Since the late twentieth century, however, internationalization and the influences of modern technology and scientific research have rapidly advanced the field. This symposium will explore the three themes of “Education and Training,” “Conservation and Research,” and “Materials and Methods,” which are all central to these current developments. Six speakers will share perspectives as conservators, scientists, curators, and educators to broaden our understanding of East Asian painting conservation and related disciplines. By presenting diverse viewpoints, we hope to enrich the ongoing discussion of shifting educational models, the integration of traditional practice and modern innovation, the impact of cross-cultural influences, and the growing importance of interdisciplinary cooperation.

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