Ancient stone tools come to life in Lithic exhibition: Houston Museum of Natural Science brings interactive exhibit to San Jacinto College

01.10.2017 | By Andrea Vasquez

HOUSTON – In partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), the San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery will host Lithic, an interactive art exhibition featuring a collection of ancient stone tools from the HMNS permanent collection, opening Jan. 17.

“Since last summer, we have been working on building a museum-quality exhibition for the San Jacinto College community,” said San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery curator and art professor Jeff McGee. “Some of the artifacts on display are around 400,000 years old and come from all over the world. Stone tools are the first step in a long chain of technological advances leading up to our modern, tech-driven world, so this exhibition really highlights the beginnings of human ingenuity. Our intention is to expose our students and visitors to the offerings made available to them in the Houston area, to bring a bit of the museum experience to their front door, and ultimately make the museum a destination. I am very excited to host the HMNS here at the South Campus Gallery.”

The exhibition will feature artifacts, live demonstrations, videos and interactive activities aimed at highlighting the manufacturing of stone tools as a creative endeavor from ancient peoples across the globe. Live flintknapping demonstrations will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. Flintknapping is the process of chipping away material from high silica stones, like flint, in a carefully controlled manner with special tools to produce sharp projectile points or tools.

Lithic runs Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Friday, Feb. 17 at the San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery, room S15.143 in the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center (building 15). The exhibition is free and open to the public. Local independent school districts, colleges and universities are invited to bring their classes to the exhibition, and if interested, are asked to contact Jeff McGee at jeffrey.mcgee@sjcd.edu. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday. A closing reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. The San Jacinto College South Campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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