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.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chinese Painting Conservation Workshop

This virtual workshop was hosted by the East Asian Painting Conservation Studio, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, on April 6th and 7th, 2021.

The program featured presentations by five of the upcoming generation of Chinese painting conservators working in museums in the United States and the United Kingdom. The talks highlight a diversity of areas: education and training; cross-cultural exchange, outreach, and innovation; cooperative conservation projects that speak to these developments; and collaborative efforts across the broader landscape of Chinese painting conservation. The last several years have been pivotal for these upcoming conservators’ development and, more broadly, in the advancement of the field of conservation in the United States and abroad.

The presenters include:

  • Yi-Hsia Hsiao, Associate Conservator of Chinese Paintings, The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Grace Jan, The Yao Wenqing Chinese Painting Conservator, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • Valentina Marabini, Conservator of Chinese Paintings, British Museum
  • Hsin-Chen Tsai, Associate Conservator of Chinese Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Jianxiang Zhou, Assistant Conservator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

We are grateful for the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and for the dedicated participation of all the attendees. We hope these presentations give insight into the field and help promote collaboration and exchange among our colleagues.

Part 1

Part 2