University of Houston Partnership

Digital Humanities and Object-Based Learning in the Museum and University Context

From the classroom to the museum, the University of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, have joined forces to provide students with extraordinary museum work experience coupled with a tier-one graduate education in art history. The Digital Humanities and Object-Based Learning in the Museum and University Context is an innovative long-term partnership between the ICAA-MFAH and the University of Houston. The collaboration, begun in 2018 and initially aided by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promises to create an internationally recognized environment for the study of Latin American and Latinx art and culture. As part of the multifaceted learning process, students have the opportunity to participate in year-long, paid internships with the ICAA. UH students benefit from access to previously restricted resources from the Latin American and Latino art collections and digital archival holdings of the MFAH. UH students may also participate in annual graduate and undergraduate seminars focused on object-based learning. Team-taught by UH faculty and MFAH curators, conservators, museum educators, and ICAA staff, the classes focus on the Latin American and Latinx collections at the MFAH as well as the digital resources and research activities of the ICAA, such as the ICAA Documents Project. Workshops, a biannual colloquium, and scholarly collaboration on the intersection of archives, object-based learning, and the digital humanities are also integral parts of this innovative partnership.


The faculty include: Dr. Arden Decker (ICAA); Dr. Liz Donato (ICAA); Jane Gillies (Conversation); Dr. Caroline Goeser (Learning & Interpretation); Per Knutås (Conversation); Dr. Rex Koontz (University of Houston), Dr. Kelley Magill (Learning & Interpretation); Dr. Mari Carmen Ramírez (Latin American Art-ICAA); Dr. Corina Rogge (Conservation); and Ingrid Seyb (Conservation) 

UH/ICAA Object-Based Learning Classes and Workshops

2020 Workshop: TBD

Fall 2019 Seminar (ARTH 3344): Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 

Spring 2019 Workshop: Object-Based Learning and Collections-Based Research