Art with an Expert: Dr. Heather Hurst

2023sat11nov6:00 pmArt with an Expert: Dr. Heather HurstHear Dr. Heather Hurst, Professor of Anthropology at Skidmore College, discuss her work as an archaeological illustrator.

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Take a deep dive into art, art histories, and more with these hour-long talks presented by distinguished art professionals. Hear Dr. Heather Hurst, Professor of Anthropology at Skidmore College, discuss her work as an archaeological illustrator with Rosario I. Granados, Blanton Marilynn Thoma Curator, Art of the Spanish Americas.

This event is part of our Second Saturday scheduled programming.

Admission on Second Saturdays: $20 (Ages 6-17: $10; 5 & under: Free)
Blanton Members: Always FREE Not yet a member? Join today!
(Other discounts such as UT ID Holder, Military, K-12 Teacher, Senior do not apply)


Heather Hurst specializes in Mesoamerican archaeology with a focus on the study of art production, iconography, materials analysis, identity, and the role of art in society. She has ongoing fieldwork on Maya mural painting in Guatemala, as well as research on Olmec rock art in Mexico. Her publications and illustrated volumes include The Murals of San Bartolo, El Petén, Guatemala. Part 1, The North Wall, and Part I1, The West Wall. She collaborates with chemists, conservators and epigraphers, resulting in recent articles including, “Strategies for 14C Dating the Oxtotitlán Cave Paintings, Guerrero, Mexico,” and  “Maya Codex Book Production and the Politics of Expertise.” Dr. Hurst earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. Her courses include Mesoamerican Archaeology, Archaeological Field Methods, Imaging/Imagining the Past, and Built Environments.

Go to our Before You Visit page for more details and information when planning your visit. Visit our FAQs section to help plan your Second Saturday at the Blanton. A limited number of lockers are available to use in our Check-In Building (first come, first served). If you have specific accommodation needs, please email us at accessibility@blantonmuseum.org Please note, the Blanton café is closed until further notice.

PARKING / TRANSPORT: Parking is available in the Brazos Garage. Normal rates can be paid directly at the garage. (Blanton Members get a $4 discounted rate at Check-In, valid all day). Ride-shares can drop off in the new Museum Drop-Off on the east side of the museum. Bicycle racks are available on the south side of Jester Center and on the west side of the museum’s Smith Administration Building. Public transit is encouraged; Cap Metro bus routes 1, 3, 7, 10, 18, 19, 20, 801, and 803 have stops within walking distance. 

Support for Second Saturdays at the Blanton is generously provided by H-E-B. Media Sponsor: The Austin Chronicle.

Feature image: Heather Hurst, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, works on displaying her exhibit, “7000 Fragments: Maya Murals from San Bartolo Guatemala” inside the Tang Museum. (Christopher Massa/Skidmore College)


November 11, 2023 6:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

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