Gregory Smith, Ph.D.
Senior Conservation Scientist
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Istanbul, Turkey
February 21st-27th


Gregory Smith obtained an undergraduate education at Centre College of Kentucky in chemistry and anthropology. He continued his studies in science and archaeology at Duke University before earning his doctorate in analytical chemistry. During this time, he served as a field supervisor at two archaeological excavations in Israel’s Galilee region. Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Smith was a Marshall Sherfield Scholar at University College London, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Samuel Golden Research Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  In 2005 he became the first Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Conservation Science at the graduate training program for art conservators at Buffalo State College. In 2010, Smith joined the Indianapolis Museum of Art as Senior Conservation Scientist to design, outfit, and operate a 3000 ft2 facility for applied research into the museum’s encyclopedic collections and to perform basic science into the degradation of artists’ materials.  His research interests span the field of conservation and include degradation reactions of inorganic pigments, treatment strategies for modern artists’ materials, and the use of analytical techniques in authentication studies.