Ann Svenson, Textile Conservator

Ann E Svenson is a textile conservator living and working in Los Angeles. From the early 1980s, Ms. Svenson has professionally cared for textiles as a staff member and contract textile conservator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Fowler Museum, the Skirball Museum and The Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, among many others.

Ms. Svenson majored in fine art and design at UCLA. As a student of Bernard Kester, Jim Bassinger, Pat Reeves, Alice McCloskey, and Jan Stussy, she honed her fine arts skills while pursuing a balance with art history, materials science and the theories and practices of art conservation.

UCLA in the late 1970s was a unique place in time. Ms. Svenson was one of the first students of the fledgling Museum Studies Program with a specialization in textile conservation. The UCLA MA program collaborated with the Fowler Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ann was able to design a program of study combining art history, science, practical art, and intensive apprenticeships and internships at the LACMA Conservation Lab resulting in a Masters of Arts degree from the university enabling an extensive career as a Museum Textile Conservator.

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