Programmatic objectives for the Casa are teaching, residential scholars program, library, cultural activities, and community engagement.

Students in a classroom

Casa Herrera has ample instructional space forclassroom and research-based teaching activities.  Through UT, an ideal use of the Casa is as a base for Study Abroad summer and full semester courses, continuing education programs, and short field-oriented instructional/research activities.


Teacher in a classroom

Conferences and Seminars
Casa Herrera has ample space for international meetings, lectures, symposia, and workshops focused, biut not limited to, Pre-Columbian art and archeology or related artistics and cultural topics. The Department of Art and Art History hosts various important conferences in these fields, including The Maya Meetings and the D.J. Sibley Conference.


Student Studies outside at Casa Herrera

Residential Scholars Program
The Casa Herrera Residential Scholars Program is a competitive program for Master’s and Ph.D. candidates and distinguished academics who wish to spend time at the Casa working on their own research and writing projects. Residencies are subject to program availability. Scholars-in-residence at the Casa are able to pursue disciplined work, individual reflection, critical thinking, and collegial engagement uninterrupted by professional and personal demands. While at the Casa, combining private time for work and reflection with opportunities for interaction with colleagues and community members is an important part of resident life.


books on library shelf

Casa Herrera Library ( currently in development)
Casa Herrera will gradually accumulate a modest research library focused on Mesoamerican art and archaeology for use by scholars and the general public.  Casa partnership with The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and The University Libraries will provide access to the Casa collection to the local and international scholarly community.


Old photo of Guatemala

Photo, Art and Artifact Exhibitions
Casa Herrera’s location and space configuration makes it an ideal venue for the occasional display or presentation of art, photography and objects or research materials related, but not limited, to its mission as a center for scholarly investigation into ancient Mesoamerica and its modern legacy.  A goal of this exhibition space is to articulate an ongoing relationship with other cultural institutions in Guatemala and Central America.

Current on going exhibition:
Album of Guatemalan Views, 1883-1904
Unknown artist. Benson Library.