There's so much to explore during a visit to the Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas at Austin campus. With nearly 21,000 works ranging from Greek pottery to Latin American modern art, you can spend the entire day at the museum and want to come back for more! If you don’t have all day to meander through the museum halls, our informative guide will make sure you see all the hits and get a great experience out of your visit.
While there are rotating exhibits at the Blanton year-round, visitors can always count on the museum's extensive permanent collection to elevate your experience. The permanent collection features international modern and contemporary works, including European paintings, ancient Greek pottery, French and British drawings, modern American mixed media works and more. Here are some of the best pieces to see during your visit.
Ellsworth Kelly - "Austin"
Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” has become an attraction of it's own in the city. Kelly’s sculpture is a 2,715 square foot stone building, decorated with colorful glass, marble panels and a wooden sculpture. While the building sits just outside of the Blanton, it will be a cornerstone of the museum for years to come. We highly encourage you to make the trip and visit "Austin" this year (pun intended!).
Meireles - "Missão/Missões [Mission/Missions] (How to Build Cathedrals)"
One of the most iconic and memorable pieces in the entire museum is Cildo Meireles’ “Mission/Missions (How to Build Cathedrals).” The Brazilian artist’s instillation is made up of 600,000 coins, 800 communion wafers, and 2,000 suspended cattle bones. Not only is it fascinating to look at, but it also has a powerful message. Meireles comments on Jesuit Europeans' influence in the Americas, using the coins to represent material obsession and the bones and communion wafers to represent religious consequences. Experience it for yourself during your visit.
Teresita Fernández - "Stacked Waters"
Visitors are welcomed to the Blanton atrium with a piece of art that replicates rippling water, as if you're standing at the bottom of a pool looking towards the top. An impressive 3,100 square feet of custom-cast acrylic covers the walls in a striped pattern, moving from a deep hued blue to white as the piece flows up the walls of the museum. "Stacked Waters" mirrors light from the Blanton's atrium skylights, giving the space energy that changes with the weather.
The museum offers virtual and in-person events so you can experience the art and exhibits all the time! Check the Blanton Museum events calendar for more information on public tours, artist talks and curator-led discussions.
Admission and Visitor Information
Admission prices range from $5-$12 and admission is free to all every Thursday. Please check the museum's website for current operating hours and parking information.