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Kaczkowski, Rebecca

Preventive Conservator


Background And Education

Education And Training

Professional Biography

  • Rebecca A. Kaczkowski is the Preventive Conservator at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, where her projects relate to exhibits conservation, museum environments, collections care and storage, and training. Hired in 2015 into a newly established position, Becky facilitates collaboration across the Institution via a research program focused on collections stewardship. She co-chairs the Preservation Environments Subcommittee of the Smithsonian Collections Space Committee, an interdisciplinary partnership developing and promoting best practices in sustainable collections preservation environments and recently completed a 4-year term as a member of the Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies team, an initiative enhancing collections emergency resilience across the Institution. She earned an M.S. in art conservation from the University of Delaware and holds a B.A. in art history and German language & literature and an M.A. in museum studies from The George Washington University. Becky is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation; she currently serves AIC as Chair of the the Materials Selection & Specification Working Group and the Membership Committee.


Professional Service Activities