Jia-sun Tsang, LEED AP
Senior Paintings Conservator
E-mail Address: TsangJ [at] si.edu
Museum Conservation Institute
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
M.S. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
M.S. University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum, Art Conservation Program (1985), Wilmington, DE
Research Specialties and Interests
- Aging behavior of acrylic and alkyd paints, and plastics
- Modern and contemporary paintings conservation
- Mixed media binder analysis for treatment
- Prevention conservation of modern and contemporary paintings in exhibition and storage
- Sustainability Practice in Conservation
Visual Art Gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, September 24, 2016
Kay WalkingSticks: An American Artist exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian”, November 7, 2015 - September 18, 2016
Contemporary Argentine Masterworks at the International Gallery, Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, October 4, 2010 - January 23, 2011
Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort at the National Museum of the American Indian October 16, 2009 - August 8, 2010
Santos: Substance and Soul 2000-2002, travelling exhibition: Washington DC, Puerto Rico and New Mexico; curator and project manager
LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) 2008
American Institute of Conservation (AIC)
AIC SIstainability Committee, 2008-present
International Institute of Conservation (IIC)
Sustainability Team, Smithsonian Institution, 2008-present
Panelist for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, National Endowment for the Humanities, Spring 2015
Baker, Whitney, McCauley, Kelly, and Tsang, Jia-sun. Sustaining the Unsustainable: Mitigation and Monitor for Modern Materials, AIC News, 40(5): September 2015.
O’Hern, Robin, Griswold ,Geneva, Haude, Mary Elizabeth, and Tsang, Jia-sun. An Introduction to How the Manufacturing and Disposal of Adhesives and Paints Affects our Environment, AIC News, 40(3): May 2015.
Tsang, Jia-sun, and Rinck, Maja. Detecting Individual Paints in Mixed-Media Paintings WAAC Newsletter (Western Association of Art Conservators), 37(1): January 2015.
Tsang, Jia-sun, Madruga, Ines, Williams, Donald C., Bosworth, Jennifer and Hogge, David. 2014. Conservation of an oil painting of the Empress Dowager Tze His of China. Studies in Conservation, 59(1): S157-S160.
Tsang, Jia-sun, Ines Madruga, Don Williams, Rick Pelasara and Robert Patterson, 2013 “Modernized Stretcher for Painting on Canvas: Assessment and Observation, AIC Post Print (in Press)
Tsang, Jia-sun, Schmidt, R. S. and Hollshwander, Chris. 2013. Conservation Meets Sustainability: Recycling Wooden Exhibition Cases. WAAC Newsletter, 35(2): 18-20.
Tsang, Jia-sun and Babo, Sara. 2011. Soot Removal from Acrylic Emulsion Paint Test Panels: A Study of Dry and Non-Contact Cleaning. In: Preprints, ICOM-CC (International Council of Museums - Committee for Conservation) 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 19-23 September 2011. ICOM-CC, pp. 1-9.
Turner, Ann, Heald, Susan, Tsang, Jia-sun, Lee Yoonjo, Giaccai, Jennifer. 2010 Preventive Conservation and Identification of Plastics of a Recent Acquisition at the National Museum of the American Indian AIC post Print 2010.
Tsang, Jia-Sun. 2010. Safe Handling of Plastics in a Museum Environment. WAAC Newsletter, 32(2): 16-22.
Tsang, Jia-sun, Madden, Odile, Coughlin, Mary, Maiorana, Anthony, Watson, Judy, Little, Nicole C. and Speakman, Robert Jeff. 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., 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. 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.
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 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, 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.