Jennifer Mass

Jennifer L. Mass is President of Scientific Analysis of Fine Art, LLC (SAFA) and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Cultural Heritage Science at Bard Graduate Center.

She formed SAFA in 2007 because of a growing need for the objective material assessment of objects in the art market to complement the expertise of the connoisseur and the conservator.  Her work at SAFA allows her to assist art collectors, dealers, auction houses, and private conservation firms in addressing questions of attribution, authenticity, state of preservation, provenance, and mechanisms of degradation.

Dr. Mass is also the former Director of the Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory at The Winterthur Museum, professor of conservation science at the Winterthur/University of Delaware M.S. Program in Art Conservation and professor of conservation science at the SUNY College at Buffalo M.A. Program in Art Conservation. Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Engineering from Cornell University, and did her postdoctoral work at the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She has published numerous articles on her research in the art conservation and scientific literature, and gives dozens of lectures a year on her work nationally and internationally. Jennifer’s work has received worldwide media attention, being highlighted on NPR’s Science Friday and MSNBC as well as in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Artnet News, the BBC, the L.A. Times, London’s Daily Telegraph and numerous other national and international media outlets.