Minah Song, Senior Paper Conservator, joined CCAHA in 2005. She has an MA in East Asian Art History from the Academy of Korean Studies in Korea and an MA in Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts London. She has completed internships at the Hammersmith & Fulham Archives in London, Tate Britain, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, as well as a fellowship at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. She was an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at Worcester Art Museum. In 2006, she was selected for the international course in Tokyo on “Conservation of Japanese Paper,” organized by ICCROM and the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. In 2011, Minah received an American Academy in Rome fellowship, funded by the William Penn Foundation, to study the collection of the Missionary Ethnological Museum at the Vatican Museums.
At CCAHA, Minah is responsible for the conservation treatment of varieties of objects on paper and parchment. Among numerous projects, she has treated a pastel by Mary Cassatt; prints by Picasso, Matisse, Blake, and Warhol; a drawing by Modigliani; watercolors by Andrew Wyeth; a globe owned by Albert Einstein; illuminated manuscripts on parchment; Zuber wallpaper; and Asian materials such as Korean maps, ukiyo-e, scrolls, and screens.
Her research focuses on the history and scientific analysis of Asian papers. Since 2011 She has taught a course, “Understanding Asian Papers and their Applications in Paper Conservation,” in the US, UK, Portugal, and Italy. Some of the results of her research have been presented and published: “Permanence, Durability and Unique Properties of Hanji”, co-authored with Jesse Munn (AIC Book and Paper Annual, 2005); “Conservation of a Group of Early 19th Century Chinese Export Flora Paintings” (AIC annual meeting, 2007); “The History and Characteristics of Korean Books and Bookbinding” (Journal of the Institute of Conservation, U.K., 2009); and “Evaluation of the Conservation Quality Eastern Papers regarding Materials and Papermaking Process” (Adapt and Evolve Conference, ICON Book and Paper Group, London, 2015).