Object Laboratory

Public Art UHS and the University of Houston’s School of Art  jointly run an Object Laboratory where emerging art historians, curators, museum professionals and others interested in visual and material culture learn best practices in object handling, recording, digitization and analysis. Housed at the UH School of Art, the Object Laboratory holds objects from Public Art UHS’s Charles and Katherine Fleetwood Pre-Columbian Collection as well as additional university study collections. The Object Laboratory is equipped with cutting-edge technology providing students with hands-on experience in photogrammetry, 3-D scanning and related technology.

Through hands-on handling of objects, students from a variety of different disciplines receive specialized training in object handling, object-based learning, digitization and other museum protocols (onboarding objects, registration procedures, etc.). The Object Laboratory extends object-based co-curricular learning to the university campus and to the important Public Art UHS collection, allowing the collection to be an important part of the success of students enrolled in a variety of programs at the University of Houston.

The Object Laboratory is available by appointment only to university faculty and supervised students. For more information about and access to the Object Laboratory, please contact: pauhs@uh.edu