Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Rika Smith

Conservator
Pronouns She/Her/Hers

Biography

Rika Smith is the Art Conservator for the Mellon Foundation’s “Transforming the Haffenreffer” grant. She is preparing the collection for the move to Providence by carrying out conservation assessments, treating objects that are currently too unstable for transport, and collaborating with the Registrar on environmental and packing strategies. Rika is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Delaware/Winterthur Art Conservation Graduate Program, and has a Certificate in Art Conservation from the Harvard University Art Museums. Her recent projects include working for the Harvard University Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. She has carried out research and published articles on the Harvard University Glass Flowers, causes of French enamel glass deterioration using XRF, an evaluation of protective coatings on bronzes using an acid rain greenhouse and SEM analysis, and the conservation treatment of ethnographic objects. Rika is also the public art conservation and materials consultant for the Providence Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism.