Scope of Services
Rika Smith McNally & Associates is a full-service art conservation practice, providing examination, treatment, and documentation of sculpture, artifacts, and architectural elements. Our clients include museums, artists, municipalities, government agencies, corporations, landscape architects, and private collectors. The firm has a special expertise in the care and treatment of public art.
Conservation Assessment and Treatment
All employees have professional training in conservation and fine art. All projects abide by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works' Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and all treatments are fully documented in written and photographic form.
We provide on-site care for objects too large or fragile to be moved, including cleaning, repair, and preventive maintenance. We bring all equipment and supplies, lifts and/or scaffolding, and will train staff or other personnel as requested.
Pre-Fabrication Conservation Reviews and Maintenance Plans for Public Art
Pre-Fabrication Conservation Reviews provide an exceptional opportunity to review artists' intent, materials, choices, fabrication techniques, and installation methods, as well as establish a clearly written long-term maintenance plan.
We offer consulting services on materials and fabrication, installation, written proposals for grant writing or bid requests, and responses to vandalism. Our expertise includes high-performance paint systems and graffiti removal.
We provide focused and detailed project management services, with clear communications and adherence to timelines. We adapt to your needs, and work closely with key personnel from initial planning to successful completion.
Connections and Facilitation
We connect our clients with the best art fabricators and installers throughout the U.S., and facilitate re-installation after conservation treatment. We have long-term established relationships with art care providers and are happy to share them with you.
We assess materials analyses needs (paint, corrosion, coatings, historic materials), take and prepare samples, facilitate scientific analysis, and help interpret the results.
Surveys and Condition Assessments
We offer general and objects-specific condition surveys, providing information to establish treatment, storage, exhibition, and preventive care plans. We can adapt to most databases to give you immediate access to information.
We have extensive experience in historic outdoor monument preservation. Outdoor bronze treatments include cleaning, patina repair, protective coating, casting of replacement parts, and long-term maintenance plans. The firm also provides specifications and project oversight for historic ironwork, brass, zinc, and lacquered metals.