Joan Weir has a BFA in fine art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1981) with a specialization in printmaking. Post-graduation she was a scholarship recipient of the Banff Center School of Fine Arts – Winter Cycle Studio Programme 1981-83. Joan graduated from Queen’s University Art Conservation graduate program (M.A.C 1989) with a specialization in paper objects. In 1999/2000 she was selected to participate in a Canadian/Chinese cultural technology exchange in Beijing, China where she lived and worked for four months. She has worked as conservator/consultant in private practice, a project coordinator and a registrar for numerous Canadian institutions and private collections. Joan first came to the AGO during the Stage Three project as Deputy Registrar on contract in 1991-2. In 2002 she joined the AGO Conservation Department as Conservator of the varied collection of historic, modern and contemporary works of art on paper.