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Per Knutås-[PA]

Cleveland Museum of Art
Chief Conservator
Cleveland, OH
Per Knutås is the Eric and Jane Nord Chief Conservator at the Cleveland Museum of Art where he oversees a department of 15 conservators and conservation technicians. He graduated from The School of Conservation at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, in Copenhagen, Denmark with a focus on modern contemporary paintings. Knutås worked at the Moderna Museet and the Swedish National Heritage Board, both in Stockholm, Sweden, prior to moving to New York in 1998 to work in the conservation laboratories at the Guggenheim Museum and at the Museum of Modern Art. After four years in New York, he moved to Ohio to work for the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Cleveland, followed by contract work at the Cleveland Museum of Art and private practice. He served as chief conservator for the Cincinnati Art Museum from 2009 to 2012 prior to his current position at the Cleveland Museum of Art. His interest are modern conservation ethics, artist collaborations and conservation outreach and advocacy.