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From Student to Teacher: A Conversation with Yi-Hsia Hsiao, Associate Conservator of Chinese Paintings

Yi-Hsia Hsiao, associate conservator of Chinese paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art . Image courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art.
Yi-Hsia Hsiao, associate conservator of Chinese paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art (right), Pinfang Zhu, Shanghai Museum. Image courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art.
Yi-Hsia Hsiao, associate conservator of Chinese paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art (right), Yanjing Wang, Palace Museum, Beijing. Image courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art.

“I worried that people could easily lose a part of their cultural identity by doing nothing. I wondered, what could I do to help? “— Yi-Hsia Hsiao, Associate Conservator of Chinese Paintings

“Sometimes I look at a work of art and just think about how many people over the years, over the centuries, have looked at this particular painting. It makes me feel good to know that I am helping to preserve it.” — Yi-Hsia Hsiao, Associate Conservator of Chinese Paintings

Yi-Hsia Hsiao, associate conservator of Chinese paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art . Image courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art.
Yi-Hsia Hsiao, associate conservator of Chinese paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art (right), Li Shang, Palace Museum, Beijing. Image courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art.

“After studying at university and working with the master conservators from China, I am ready to pass along my hands-on skills to the next generation. There is much to learn! “— Yi-Hsia Hsiao, Associate Conservator of Chinese Paintings

Yi-Hsia Hsiao, associate conservator of Chinese paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art (left), Jiahua Dai, Shanghai Museum. Image courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art.
Manjushri, c. 1500–1550. China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Tangka mounted as a hanging scroll, opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, Image: 124 x 107.3 cm (48 13/16 x 42 3/16 in.); Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1989.67

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