Staff Members

Yoshi Nishio,
President and Senior Conservator, received his MA and Certificate
in Conservation in 1978 from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.  He worked at
the Freer Gallery from 1984 to 1990, and received the Smithsonian Award in
recognition of his work in 1985.  He also worked at the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston from 1990 to 1994. He is a consecutive visiting lecturer at the
Conservation Center, State University College at Buffalo, and a Professional
Associate member of AIC, IIC, IPC and the Japan Society for Cultural Property.  
Mr. Nishio is the author of numerous professional articles on techniques of Asian
painting conservation.

Kyoichi Itoh, Senior Conservator, was trained in traditional conservation and
scroll and screen mounting at Harada Studio in Kyoto and Kyushu.  He received a
Certificate in Conservation from Bunkacho (Japanese Government Agency for
Cultural Affairs). He worked at the Freer Gallery from 1986 to 1996, and received
Smithsonian Awards in recognition of his work in 1990 and 1996. Mr. Itoh taught
numerous American paper conservators.  He joined the Nishio Conservation
Studio in 1996.

Keiko Takai, Assistant Conservator, was trained for six   years in traditional
Asian painting conservation at the  Hyouami Studio in Kanazawa, Japan.  She
received a Certificate in conservation from Bunkacho.  Under the supervision of
Mr. Hideo Baba, she has treated cultural properties of Japan.