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Yoshi Nishio-[Fellow]

Nishio Conservation Studio
Conservator and President
Washington, DC
Business hours: Monday-Friday 9-6 by appointment
Established: 1994

YOSHIYUKI NISHIO, Chief Conservator
One of the leading conservators of Asian scroll and screen paintings in the US. His background combines traditional apprenticeship and academic training. Received a BFA in studio art from Nihon University, Tokyo in 1972, followed by apprenticeships under various conservators both in Japan and the U.S. Won a John D. Rockefeller III Fund Fellowship to study at the Cooperstown Graduate Program and received MA and Certificate in Conservation in 1978 with internship at the Los Angels County Museum of Art. Mr. Nishio worked at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1984-1990 and received the Smithsonian Award in recognition for his work in 1985 and worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1990-1993. Responsibilities at both museums were conservation, restoration and remounting of Japanese and Chinese scroll and screen paintings. In 1994, established the Nishio Conservation Studio in Washington, DC and Boston Art Conservation (www.bosartconserv.com), providing conservation services for public, institutions and private clients throughout the US. Consecutive visiting lecturer at the Conservation Center, State University College at Buffalo, N.Y. and a member of AIC, IIC, WCG, IPC -International Paper Conservation and Conservation of Cultural Property in Japan, and published and lectured on technical topics of Asian painting conservation.

KYOICHI ITOH, Senior Conservator
Trained in traditional conservation and scroll and screen mounting at Harada Studio in Kyoto, Japan for ten years. Worked at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution in 1986-96. Received Smithsonian Awards in reorganization for his work both in 1990 and 1996. Has educated many young Western paper conservators and treated various collections, such as Hell scrolls of Taiwan for the National Museum of National History, Smithsonian and Japanese rare large-scale maps, drew by Ino Tadataka for Library of Congress. Mr. Itoh received Conservation Certificate from Bunkacho- Department of Cultural Fair of Japanese Government and is a member of Conservation of Cultural Property in Japan.

KEIKO TAKAI, Associate Conservator
Trained 6 years in Asian Art Conservation Studio Hyouami in Kanazawa, Japan. Under the supervision of Mr. Hideo Baba of Hyouami, she has treated numerous National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Japan. She is a member of AIC, WCG and Conservation of Cultural Property in Japan.

Nishio Conservation Studio utilizes a highly qualified professional staff to provide conservation, restoration, and remounting of Japanese and Chinese hanging scroll and screen paintings. The conservation approach combines modern science and ethics with traditional aesthetics and conservation craftsmanship/techniques. Conservation examination/survey of collections and examination for insurance claim are available.

Facilities Dedicated studio space with climate control and central security/fire alarm system. Japanese traditional studio environment. All the materials (silk brocade and hand-crafted paper) are imported from Japan with the highest quality. Full insurance coverage for objects on premises. All the conservation treatments are documented by photography (color prints, slides, digital image)_x005F_x000D_

Nishio Conservation Studio serves clients from private collectors and museums with recent clients including the Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Virginia Museum of Art and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Clients are received at the studio for an initial consultation at no charge. Treatments are preceded, however, by a written examination with art historical research, structural study and condition with digital detail images and treatment proposal.