Research, Technology, and Touch

Find out how our team of interdisciplinary researchers is using contemporary photogrammetry, digitization, and 3D printing technology to make centuries-old artworks accessible to everyone.

Apr. 17, 2019

Research, Technology, and Touch 

April 30, 2019,  5:30 pm | Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art | Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein Gallery 

Visit the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art on April 30th at 5:30 pm to find out how our team of interdisciplinary researchers is using contemporary photogrammetry, digitization, and 3D printing technology to make centuries-old artworks accessible to everyone. Benjamin Van Alstyne (Ph.D. Candidate- UNLV Department of Anthropology), Alina Lindquist (undergraduate- Anthropology and Art History), and Michael Fong (Assistant Professor- UNLV Department of Art), will lead a tour of the project before unveiling three Mesoamerican ceramics that have been digitally recreated in new forms. The original artworks may be too fragile to handle but these recreations will give visitors the experience of touching and investigating them, offering all of us a tangible connection to the past.


Michael Fong | Barrick Faculty-in-Residence

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Michael Fong graduated from UNLV in 2012 with a BFA in Graphic Design and Sculpture. After receiving a MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, NY, Michael stayed in the Northeast to assist in developing the digital fabrications courses and facilities at the University’s School of Art and Design. In 2017 he returned to UNLV where he joined the Department of Art with the aim of establishing a strong foundation for digital fabrication technology and research on campus. During his collaboration with the Barrick Museum, he will use digitization to increase the accessibility of the museum collection.
 

Alina Lindquist | Barrick Undergraduate Research Intern

Originally from Sparks, Nevada, Alina Lindquist is a senior undergraduate at UNLV majoring in Anthropology and Art History. She is a member of the university’s Honors College and a yoga instructor at the UNLV Wellness Center.

 

Benjamin Van Alstyne | Barrick Researcher in Residence

Originally from Las Vegas, Benjamin Van Alstyne is currently a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at UNLV. His Masters’ research drew on skills he had developed during his earlier career in graphic design and project management at luxury custom home architecture firms by utilizing digital 3D architectural reconstructions of the Virgin Puebloan culture to study indigenous habitation patterns on the Colorado Plateau. In pursuing his Ph.D., Benjamin has worked with museums and archaeologists around the world to make their research and collections digitally accessible to the public.