Jia-sun Tsang, LEED AP

Senior Paintings Conservator

 

Phone: 301-238-1231
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: TsangJ [at] si.edu

Address:
Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746


Education

M.S. Bowling Green State University (1974)
M.S. University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum, Art Conservation Program

Research Specialties and Interests

  • Modern, contemporary and traditional painting conservation
  • Traditional and synthetic varnish removal
  • Non-contact and non-solvent removal of surface dirt, soot, stain and graffiti
  • Green practices for preventive conservation including exhibition and storage
  • Aging behavior of acrylic and alkyd paints, and plastics

Paintings Conservation

Out of This World: A Lunar Landscape, 2005
http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/online/ootw/1957/LLConservationStory.cfm

Contemporary painting by Mario Martinez,  2004 
http://www.youtube.com/user/SmithsonianNMAI
19th century painting by Robert Scott Duncanson, 1856
Contemporary painting by David Driskell, 1956
Modern painting by Rudolph Dirks 1908
Technical study of painting by John Trumbull, 1786
Technical study and preventive conservation of plastic mobile constructed with suitcases by Brian Jungen, 2008

Exhibition Conservation
“Contemporary Argentine Masterworks,” International Gallery, Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Oct 4, 2010 to Jan 23, 2011
“Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort,” National Museum of American Indian Oct 16, 2009 to August 8, 2010

Professional Activities

LEED AP
American Institute of Conservation
International Institute of Conservation
Green Team, Smithsonian Institution

Recent Publications

Tsang, J., Jentsch, E.W., Gieseking, R. and Seeger, A.M. 2009. Preserving Modern Marvels: The Plastics Collection at the National Museum of American History. In: Art d'aujourd'hui patrimoine de demain: Conservation et restauration des oeuvres contemporaines (13es journees d'edutes de la SFIIC, Paris: Institut national du patrimoine, 24-26 juin 2009). Paris: IIC, pp.1-6.

Tsang, J., Madden, O., Coughlin, M., Maiorana, A., Watson, J., Little, N.C. and Speakman, R.J. 2009. Degradation of 'Lumarith' Cellulose Acetate: examination and chemical analysis of a salesman’s sample kit.   Studies in Conservation, 54(2): 90-105.

Tsang, J. 2008. Fossil Fuels Plastic. EcoExchange: newsletter of the SI Green Team, 1(3): 2-3.

Pinchin, Sarah Eleni and Tsang, Jia-sun 2007. Fluor-S Art, Northern Lites, DayGlo: Daylight Fluorescent Pigments, Their Development, Use and Performance. In: Modern Paints Uncovered: Proceedings from the Modern Paints Uncovered Symposium organized by The Getty Conservation Institute and The National Gallery of Art. London: Tate Modern, pp.296

Dussubieux, Laure, Pinchin, Sarah Eleni, Tsang, Jia-sun and Tumosa, Charles S. 2005. Non-destructive elemental analysis: reliability of a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer for museum applications. In: Preprints of the 14th Triennial Meeting ICOM Committee for Conservation, The Hague, 12-16 September 2005, Volume 2. , pp.766-773.

Tsang, J., Pinchin, S.E., Almond, K. and Tumosa, C.S. 2004. Conservation of Murals in the Alameda Theatre: Reviving Former Cutting-Edge Fluorescent Paint and Black-Light Technology. In: Roy, A. and Smith, P., Modern Art, New Museums: Contributions to the IIC Bilbao Congress, 13-17 September, 2004. , pp.185-188.

Tsang, J. and Esterlund, T.. You be the Conservator: Looking at Objects - Inside and Out. National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Center for Material and Research Education 2001.

Tsang, Jia-sun. Santos: Substance & Soul Exhibition Catalog.
( http://www.si.edu/mci/english/research/past_projects/nhccnmexhibit.html): 2000.

Tsang, Jia-sun and Williams, Donald C. 2000. A Closer Look at Santos. Tradicion Revista, : 41-46.

Tsang, Jia-sun and Williams, Donald C. 1999. A Closer Look at Santos : Una Mirada mas Profunda a los santos. Washington, DC: SCMRE and de Saisset Museum.

Tsang, Jia-sun, 1998. A Closer Look: Santos from Puerto Rico. Washington, DC: SCMRE.

Klein, Elyse, Tsang, Jia-sun and Baker, Mary T. 1996. Non-Instrumental Methods for the Identification and Characterization of Artists-Acrylic Paints. In: Painting Specialty Group Postprints. Washington, DC: American Intitute for Conservation, pp.49-53.

Tsang, Jia-sun, Hopwood, Walter R. and Lake, Susan 1996. Analysis of a Moisture-Sensitive Painting. In: Painting Specialty Group Postprints. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation, pp.115-120.

Klein, Elyse, Tsang, Jia-sun and Baker, Mary T. 1995. Noninstrumental Methods for the Characterization of Artist's Acrylic Paints. In: Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation, pp.77

Tsang, Jia-sun, Hopwood, Walter and Lake, Susan 1995. A Study of a Moisture-Sensitive Painting. In: Abstracts of papers presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation, pp.86

Klein, Elyse L., Tsang, Jia-sun and Baker, Mary T. 1992. Non-Instrumental Techniques for the Characterization and Identification of Artists' Acrylic Paints. Polymer Preprints, 33(2): 650-651.

Tsang, J. and Erhardt, W.D. 1992. Current Research on the Effects of Solvents and Gelled and Aqueous Cleaning Systems on Oil Paint Films. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 31(1): 87-94.

Tsang, Jia-sun and Cunningham, Roland C. 1991. Some Improvements in the Study of Cross-sections. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 30: 1-14.

Erhardt, W. David and Tsang, Jia-sun 1990. The Extractable Components of Oil Paint Films. In: Cleaning, Retouching and Coatings, Preprints of the Contributions to the Brussels Congress. London: IIC, pp.93-97.

Erhardt, W. David, von Endt, David W. and Tsang, Jia-sun 1990. Condition, Change, and Complexity: The Media of Albert Pinkham Ryder. In: Postprints of the Paintings Specialty Group. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation, pp.28-35.

Lake, Susan and Tsang, Jia-sun 1990. The Conservation of 'Le Cirque' by Daniel Barinoff-Rossine. In: Postprints of the Paintings Specialty Group. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation, pp.41-44.

Tsang, Jia-sun and Erhardt, W. David 1990. The Measurement of Solvent Effects on Oil Paint Films. In: Postprints of the Paintings Specialty Group, Volume 3. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation, pp.45-50.

Tsang, Jia-sun, Ravenal, Nancie, Bernstein, Johanna and Odell, J. Scott 1990. The Conservation of the 100,000th Steinway Piano. In: Cleaning, Retouching and Coatings, Preprints of the Brussels Conference. London: Interantional Institute of Conservation, pp.52-55.

Erhardt, W. David and Tsang, Jia-sun 1989. Oil Painting: History vs. Technology. In: Abstracts of Papers Presented at the Seventeenth Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, May 31-June 4, 1989. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation, pp.57

Tsang, Jia-sun and Cunningham, Roland H. 1989. Some Improvements in the Study of Cross-Sections. In: Abstracts of Papers Presented at the Seventeenth Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, May 31-June 4, 1989. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation, pp.20-21.