Austin, TX 78701
Blanton Museum of Art
From Native American textiles and Old Master paintings to Latin American sculpture and multimedia installations, Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art fills its nearly 190,000 square feet of gallery space with an ever-changing mix of compelling, thought-provoking art and programming. Located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, the Blanton is one of the largest university art museums in the United States and a don’t-miss destination for art lovers.
The permanent collection consists of nearly 18,000 paintings, prints, sculptures, new media, and other works from an array of continents, eras, and styles. Boasting one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Latin American Art in the United States, the museum has works by more than 600 artists from the Caribbean, South and Central America, and Mexico. Collection highlights also include American art spanning from 1875 to today, with galleries dedicated to art of the American West and contemporary female artists.
The Blanton also showcases world-class art via temporary exhibitions from renowned institutions worldwide. Past shows have included ancient Indian paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art, American road trip photography, and an Andy Warhol retrospective. These exhibitions rotate throughout the year, as do the works in the permanent collection, so there’s always something new to explore.
Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin
Austin is the monumental last work by renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923 – 2015). The design concept for the 2,715-square-foot stone structure with luminous colored glass windows was gifted to the Blanton in 2015. At once a building and a work of art, Austin was completed in 2018 and is part of the museum’s permanent collection. Visitors can view Kelly’s art inside the structure, including a redwood totem and 14 black and white marble panels. Entry to the building is included with museum admission; visitors may access the space during regular museum hours.
Enjoy world-class art experiences at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art.
Austin, TX 78701