Blanton Museum of Art

 

The Blanton Museum of Art is the primary art collection for the vibrant city of Austin and one of the most innovative university art museums in the country. With a collection of more than 18,000 works of art, the museum serves as a pillar for campus and the community by offering world-class art experiences that are thought-provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving.

 

A gift to the Blanton during 40 for Forty will help make each museum visitor feel surprised, curious, inspired, and eager to return. At the Blanton there is always something new to discover!

We are proud to serve as an educational and inspiring resource on the Forty Acres. Thank you for furthering our mission during 40 for Forty.

 

 

About the Blanton:

From the recent opening of Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin to a wide range of diverse, high quality exhibitions and leading educational programs, it is an exciting time in the Blanton’s history. The museum aims for national distinction and excellence in everything we do to engage the many audiences we serve.

 

Major exhibitions to look forward to in 2019-2020 cover an impressive span, from dynamic contemporary artists such as Jeffrey Gibson, Lily Cox-Richard, and Ed Ruscha to Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders, a special exhibition that will bring European medieval art to Blanton audiences, an area not well-represented at any art institution in Texas. This year the Blanton also has organized an exhibition of 1920s art from Argentina, Mexico, and Peru that is touring across the globe—including stops at major museums in Madrid, Lima, Peru; and Mexico City. The Blanton’s public programs add another layer to the visitor experience and include curator-led tours, panels featuring visiting scholars and artists, film screenings, music and dance performances, and more.

 

 

As the principal art museum for Austin, the Blanton’s educational mission is essential to its role as a pillar for the community—its K-12 programming is part of what makes the Blanton distinctive. The museum is proud to continue its long history of working collaboratively with Central Texas schools and teachers to innovatively respond to the changing needs and demographics of the communities it serves. In 2019-2020, the museum aims to further develop programs that empower both teachers and students with resources related to area school district priorities such as social and emotional learning (SEL), dual language education, literacy, cultural proficiency, and more.

 

 

Spotlight On Campus:

The Blanton is considered a leader and model among university art museums, recognized for forging deep cross-campus relationships and meaningful university engagement. This includes wide-ranging efforts to engage faculty and students from across disciplines with the collection and exhibitions, as well as the museum’s highly-regarded internship and fellowship programs that provide hands-on professional training. The museum works with every school and college at UT and total annual attendance for UT students averages 20,000 people.

 

 

The education team works closely with faculty to develop curriculum-based experiences for students that make connections between what they are learning in class and works of art, helping students to build visual literacy, close-looking, and other skills relevant to their academic development. The Blanton’s engagement on campus is interdisciplinary and customized, ranging from partnering with UT’s Dell Medical School to support physicians-in-training to collaborating the Women in Engineering Program, a program run by the Cockrell School of Engineering, to advance gender equity in the field, the museum remains committed to its core role as a teaching museum. Learn more about the Blanton’s inspiring partnerships on campus here.

 

 

 

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Hidden Bevo Contest
We’ve hidden 20 stuffed Bevos in common areas across the Forty Acres. When you find one, let everyone know by posting a picture with #UT40for40! Follow @UTAustin on Twitter for clues! Winners can designate a $500 gift to the UT Austin area of their choosing.
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Geographic Challenge
Keep an eye on the 40 for Forty heat map! The first donor from each U.S. state gets an additional $200 added to your donation.
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Class of 2019 Presidential Match
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The Great 40 Hour Scavenger Hunt
Participating student groups have just 40 hours to complete as many scavenger hunt challenges as they can! Challenges will be posted to social media between 6 a.m. April 3 and 10 p.m. April 4. Groups will receive additional rules before the hunt kicks off. 1st Place: $5,000 2nd Place: $2,000 3rd Place: $1,000
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Make your gift between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 3 — the first $10,000 in online gifts will be matched!
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Hook 'Em Parents Match
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Take a long lunch! The first $10,000 in unique online gifts from 12-3 pm on April 4 made by UT Austin faculty and staff, up to $250 each, will be matched.
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Get your gift in under the wire! The first $10,000 in unique online gifts (up to $250 each) made from 8-10 pm on April 4 during the countdown will be matched.
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Payroll Deduction Match
The first $10,000 in payroll deduction pledges made by UT Austin faculty and staff between March 13, 2019 and April 2, 2019 will be matched up to $10,000. Matches will count for payroll deduction gifts from the date of enrollment until August 31, 2019. There is no maximum individual donation amount for this opportunity.
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