Alison Douglas, B.F.A., M.A.C., is the conservator at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario.
Alison Douglas completed her Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Art Conservation (M.A.C.), specializing in paintings, at Queen’s University. She has worked for 20 years at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. For the past 18 years, she has been their only conservator. As the McMichael collects exclusively Canadian art, Alison has gained extensive knowledge of the methods and materials of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries as well as many other Canadian and Indigenous artists. Her research interests include the use of jute and its inherent conservation issues as a painting support used by early twentieth-century Canadian artists, as well as the varied uses of artist materials in contemporary painting, and preventive conservation. Alison has also continued to work as an artist in oil paint, ceramics, and various other media.