Since Valentine’s Day of 2000, Brenda Smith (she/her) has been the conservator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Her job involves working with staff on various aspects of exhibitions, touring shows, storage, the environmental system, you name it – anything related to the safety and preservation of the gallery’s collection as well as borrowed works.
As in many small institutions with mixed collections, she has developed some treatment expertise in a variety of specializations, including painting, paper, sculpture and ceramics.
Most recently, she was on the organizing committee for the C.A.C. annual conference of 2017 which was held in Regina. At the conference she presented on two systems she developed for the use of magnets in installations, one of which is included in a book on magnets by Gwen Spicer.
Recent and current projects are: conservation aspects (condition report binder, treatments etc.) for a large retrospective of ceramic artist Victor Cicansky, cleaning and waxing outdoor bronze sculptures, cleaning a very large painting which has 50 years accumulation of cigarette smoke on it, and a very large project involving the reorganization of the permanent collection in the vault (commonly referred to as ReORG).