Becky Kaczkowski

photo by Jim Schneck, 2011

In 2006, Becky graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University, where she double majored in Art History and German Language and Literature. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies focusing on Collections Management and Preventive Conservation from the same university in 2010.  Becky had an early appreciation for material culture and preservation, as she grew up restoring antique automobiles with her father and painting with her grandmother. Becky has been a gilding apprentice since 2004, performing treatments on antique frames and furniture for cultural institutions and private clients. She worked as a collections research assistant for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, performing a deaccessioning audit of the institution’s collections, and currently volunteers at the National Gallery of Art in the Painting and Paper Conservation Departments. Becky’s mentor, Catharine Hawks, encouraged Becky to pursue a career in conservation. Through positions at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Becky has developed a particular interest in the conservation of natural history collections, working on such projects as a conservation assessment of the present paleobiology exhibit to create treatment priorities and exhibition design suggestions for upcoming exhibit renovations. In addition to her academic pursuits, Becky enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and car shows.

First-year summer work project: Cleveland Museum of Art

Second-year summer work project: National Museum of Scotland

Third-year internship: National Museum of Natural History

2014-2015 Kress Fellow, National Museum of Natural History

2015-2016 Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellow, National Museum of Natural History


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