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Grace Jan

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
The Yao Wenqing Chinese Painting Conservator
Washington, District of Columbia
Grace Jan is The Yao Wenqing Chinese Painting Conservator at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Since 2009, she has worked on the museums’ Chinese painting and calligraphy collection alongside Ms. Xiangmei Gu, senior Chinese painting conservator. She has expertise in a range of formats including hanging scrolls, handscrolls, folding albums, and panel paintings. Ms. Jan supports the museums’ educational program for Chinese painting conservation. She helps lead workshops on the care and handling of East Asian paintings and is active in training visiting fellows from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan. Ms. Jan has a M.A. (History of Art and Archaeology) and Advanced Certificate (Conservation of Historic Works of Art) from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, where she studied western paper conservation. She has received training in Chinese painting conservation from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Shanghai Museum and Beijing Palace Museum.