Thursday, October 24, 2013
Asian art conservation effort imperiled by upcoming retirements
WASHINGTON — The Freer Gallery of Art in Washington hopes to save Asian artworks for future generations. But first, it has to save Grace Jan’s job.
Jan is the assistant Chinese-painting conservator in the museum’s Chinese Painting Conservation Program. A lack of funding imperils her position.The museum wants to see Jan develop into a senior Chinese-painting conservator, like her colleague Gu Xiang-mei. There are only four in the U.S., and they are aging.