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Natural Science & Art Research Center Hosts Opening

Nov. 12, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

The public is invited to visit the new Sam Houston Natural Science & Art Research Center at 710 University Ave. The center is a new collaboration between Sam Houston State University’s departments of Art and Biological Sciences. The grand opening takes place Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by an afternoon presentation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Will Godwin, curator of the center, oversees the documentation and preservation of over a million specimen that comprise the Natural Science collection. He is pleased to finally open the doors with an official public grand opening.

“I hope the community will come out and see all that we have to explore and get excited about natural science,” Godwin said. “Visitors can find a variety of unique collections and also meet with the scientists who built them. Our student scientists-in-training will also be on hand to answer questions and share the many exceptional pieces on display.”


Also on view, through the Department of Art, an art, biology and community collaboration that includes works produced by students and teachers from Mance Park Middle School, Huntsville High School and Conroe High. The exhibit features silk paintings created through inspiration from pieces in the natural science collection.

For the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the center will host a historical talk on the topic of the center’s building which was the town’s former high school. Guests can learn more about the history of the building with a presentation by James Patton (Walker County Historical Commission) who will be joined by artist David Adickes.

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