Newark Museum Names Linda Ying-chun Lin Conservator for Asian Art

Apr 1, 2015 8:00PM

NEWARK – Newark Museum Director and Chief Executive Officer Steven Kern has announced the appointment of Linda Ying-chun Lin as the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Conservator for Asian Art.

“We are thrilled that Linda is joining the Museum staff to lead significant conservation initiatives that herald a new period in the Museum’s history,” Kern said. “She brings a dimension to our staff that is long over-due and is the first step toward establishing a permanent conservation department here at the Newark Museum.”

Lin has published in the Studies in Conservation and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Ethnographic Conservation Newsletter. She has presented at numerous symposiums and meetings, most recently at the 25th Biennial Congress of International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) in Hong Kong, China, and the Conservation Symposium at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.

“We are deeply grateful to the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation for supporting such an important position, said Katherine Anne Paul, Curator, Arts of Asia. “Linda’s expertise will enhance and better preserve our significant collections of over 30,000 works from Asia.”

Prior to joining the Newark Museum, Lin was an Andrew W. Mellon fellow in Objects Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, where she conducted art historical research, provenance study, condition survey and conservation of its Asian amber collection. She has also worked with the Seattle Art Museum, De Young Museum of San Francisco, Athenian Agora excavations in Greece, and Shaanxi Archaeological Institute in Xi’an, China. Most recently, Lin was an Assistant Conservator at the Art Conservation Group, a private conservation practice in Brooklyn, NY.

Lin holds a Master of Arts in Conservation of Archeological and Ethnographic Materials from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Art Conservation from the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine.