Minah Song, Senior Paper Conservator, joined CCAHA in 2005. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Ehwa Woman’s University and a M.A. in East Asian Art History from the Academy of Korean Studies in Korea. She holds a M.A. in Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts London and has completed internships at the Hammersmith & Fulham Archives (London), Tate Britain (London), and the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), as well as a fellowship at the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). She was an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA). 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. 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 in May 2011.
At CCAHA, Minah is responsible for the conservation treatment of works of art on paper, maps, manuscripts, and parchments. Among numerous projects, she has treated a pastel by Mary Cassatt; prints by Picasso, Matisse, Blake, and Warhol; a drawing by Modigliani; a drawing of the U.S. Capital by T.U. Walter; and Asian objects such as Chinese and Japanese scrolls and prints, pith paintings, and Korean maps.
Her research interests include the history and scientific analysis of Asian paper and pigments. 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 Anuual, 2005); “Korean Paper; Hanji Its History and Unique Properties” (Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2006) ; “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 “Can West Meet East? – Different Approaches to Conservation of East Asian Art” (East Asian Art: Historic Context & Modern Preservation of Paper-Based Works, 2010).