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Sunae Park Evans

Senior Costume Conservator

Ph.D. Clothing and Textiles focusing on preservation and cultural history
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

M.S. Clothing, Textiles, and Design focusing on history and fashion
University of Nebraska at Lincoln

M.S. Clothing and Textiles focusing on construction and fashion
Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, Korea

B.S. Clothing and Textiles
Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, Korea

Role in Museum: 

Conservation and preservation on textiles and costume objects. Carries out surveys, treatment, and mounting on assigned NMAH and treaveling exhibits for costumes and textiles. Examines assigned objects for surveys. Identifies treatment and mounting needs. Develops proposals that address those needs and carries out approved treatment and mounting procedures. Constructs various support forms for the exhibitions including partial and full silhouette and 3-D display forms for costumes, and display forms for hats, shoes, and adornments. Installation of textile and costume objects for exhibitions.

Projects: 
  • Costume and Textile Conservator:  Conservation Treatments and Exhibition Preperation for Major exhibitions at National Museum of American History (1999- present)
    • Girlhood
    • The Muppets take American History
    • Illegal to be you: Gay History Beyond
    • Everyday Luxury -Silk Quilts
    • Special Olympics at 50
    • American Enterprise
    • American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
    • Many Voices, One Nation
    • All Work, No Pay
    • Religion in Early America
    • Object Project
    • Superheroes
    • Giving in America
    • What is a Puppet?: A View of the Puppet collections at the NMAH
    • American Stories
    • Artifact Walls and History Highlights cases
    • On the Water: Stories from Maritime America
    • America on the Move
    • Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage, National Museum of American History
    • Smithsonian's American Women’s History Initiative
    • The First Ladies, Special display of Michelle Obama’s 2013 inaugural gown, National Museum of American History. January 2014-January 2015
    • 1913: The National Woman Suffrage Parade, National Museum of American History
    • The First Ladies, National Museum of American History. November 2011 permanent installation
    • Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963
    • Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
    • A First Lady’s Debut
    • First Ladies at the Smithsonian, National Museum of American History
    • ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz
    • From Selma to Montgomery: The 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March
    • West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918
    • Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barrier: SITE Traveling
    • The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
    • First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image, National Museum of American History/Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service traveling exhibit
    • Vote: the Machinery of Democracy
    • The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, National Museum of American History/Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service traveling exhibit
    • American Encounters
    • Smithsonian’s America: An Exhibition on American History and Culture in Japan
  • Guest Curator: Feed Bags as Fashion at NMAH Flag Hall
  • Presentations, lectures, and workshops:

    *Presenter, “Preventive Conservation on Textiles and Costumes at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution” Greensboro History Museum’s Annual Dinner, October 17th, 2019.

    *Presenter, “Safely Mounting Figures with Extreme Actions Poses” C3 Brown Bag Series - Exhibition Theme, NMAI-DC and webcast 10/12/18

    *Presenter, “Docent/Volunteer presentation about conservation –textile and costumes”, SC Johnson Center, NMAH Sept 5, 2018.

    *Presenter, “Preventive Conservation of the First Ladies' Gowns Collection.” Annual Fashion and Textiles Affinity Council, Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) June 2018.

    *Presenter, “Preserving America’s Attic: How to Conserve History with a degree in the CARS program.” Centennial Speaker Series, Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro Oct 30-31, 2017.

    *Presenter, “Safely Mounting Figures with Extreme Actions Poses.” Conservation Presentation, National Museum of American History, July 2017.

    *Presenter, “Safely Mounting Figures with Extreme Actions Poses.” The Textile Specialty Group, 45th Annual Meeting of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Chicago, May 2017.

    *Lecturer, “Preventive Conservation on the First Ladies Gowns at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.” Long Island Museum, NY. March 2017.

    * Lecturer, “Textile and Costume mounting for Exhibition.” The Graduate Institute of Conservation of Cultural Relics and Museology, The Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan Principal activities or mission: Textile and costume mounting workshop hosted on behalf of the Bureau of Culture Heritage to the Institute of Cultural Heritage Research Preservation. Oct 11-13

    *Presenter, Preserving America’s Attic: How to Conserve History with a degree in the CARS program, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Oct 30-31, 2017

    * Presenter, “Safely Mounting Figures with Extreme Actions Poses.” Conservation Presentation National Museum of American History, July 2017.

    *Presenter, “Safely Mounting Figures with Extreme Actions Poses.” The Textile Specialty Group, 45th Annual Meeting of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Chicago, May 2017.

    *Lecturer, “Preventive Conservation on the First Ladies Gowns at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.” Long Island Museum, NY. March 2017.

    *Lecturer, “What is Preventive Conservation on textiles and costumes and how to approach to the job market?” Incheon University, Incheon, Korea. November 2016.

    *Co-Presenter, “The Muppet Collections and Their Preservation in NMAH.” National Museum of American History Tuesday Colloquium, National Museum of American History, Washington D. C. 13 September 2016.

    *Presenter, “A Material Disaster: Preservation of the Muppets.” The Textile Specialty Group, 44th Annual Meeting of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Montreal, Canada, May 2016.

    *Lecturer, “What is Preventive Conservation with textiles and costumes?” and workshop. Choongju University, Choongchung Bookdo, Korea. April 2016.

    *Presenter, “Preventive Conservation of Textiles and Dimensional Textiles (costumes, shoes, and hats)-care handling, storage, rehousing, displaying.” Collections Forum. National Museum of American History, March 17, 2016.

    *Keynote Speaker, “The Future of Preventive Conservation on the First Ladies Gowns and other Costumes at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.” The Korean Society of Costume 2015 International Conference. Seoul, Korea, October 24, 2015.

    *Presenter, “Benjamin Franklin’s Three-Piece Suit: Discover the Fantasy Background Story and the Reality of the Suit’s Challenging Condition.” Costume Society of America, 39th Annual Meeting & National Symposium. Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2013.

    *Co-Presenter, “Oscar the Grouch’s Been Reformed with Archival Materials.” Washington Conservation Guild, Washington D.C. January 2011.

    *Presenter, “Evaluation of the Forms Supporting Iconic Costumes at the National Museum of American History: Washington, Franklin, Lincoln and the First Ladies.” The Textile Specialty Group, 38th Annual.

Professional Affiliations: 

American Institute for Conservation
Costume Society of America
Washington Conservation Guild

Publications

"Safely Mounting Figures with Extreme Actions Poses." The Textile Specialty Group Postprints. Papers Delivered at the Textile Subgroup Session. 45th Annual Meeting of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Vol. 27:177–189.
"A Material Disaster: Preservation of the Muppets." The Textile Specialty Group Postprints. Papers Delivered at the Textile Subgroup Session. 44th Annual Meeting of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Vol. 26:63–73.
"Evaluation of the Forms Supporting Iconic Costumes at the National Museum of American History: Washington, Franklin, Lincoln, and the First Ladies." The Textile Specialty Group Postprints, Papers Delivered at the Textile Subgroup Session. 38th Annual Meeting of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Vol. 20:9–21.
"A Visit from Kermit the Frog and Friends: A Collaborative Exhibition between the Jim Henson Legacy and National Museum of American History." The Textile Specialty Group Postprints, Papers Delivered at the Textile Subgroup Session. 36 th Annual Meeting of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Vol. 18:100–103.
"It's Impossible To Be an Eighteenth-Century British Loyalist Without a Waistcoat and Ancillary Items." The Textile Specialty Group Postprints, Papers Delivered at the Textile Subgroup Session. 34th Annual Meeting of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Vol. 16:32–39.
"Tips on Making Soft Supports for Textile and Costume Objects." Technical Exchange, ICOM Ethnographic Conservation Newsletter 16:2–3.
"From Feed Bags to Fashion." Textile History 24 (1):91–103.
"The Process of Westernization: Adoption of Western-Style Dress by Korean Women, 1945-1962." Clothing and Textile Research Journal 11 (3):39–47.