Who We Are
The Blanton Museum of Art is the principal art museum for the vibrant city of Austin and one of the country’s leading university art museums. With a wide-ranging collection of over 21,000 works of art, the museum serves as a cultural pillar for campus and the community by offering world-class art experiences that are thought-provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving.
What We’re Fundraising For
Education is deeply embedded into everything we do at the Blanton. Typically, 25,000 UT students visit each year, either on their own or as part of experiences with original works of art that are integrated into their courses. Customized visits led by our education staff actively forge connections between what students are learning and art on view at the Blanton.
In response to the pandemic, which led to a temporary pause in our active gallery teaching program, we created innovative new digital resources and teaching tools--short videos, prompts for discussion, creative activities, Zoom presentations, and more--all built around the Blanton's robust collection.
Beginning in the fall 2021 semester, we were excited to once again welcome UT students back for in-person gallery experiences, in a limited capacity. As classes continued to return to the Blanton in-person and in greater numbers through the spring and summer months, we saw groups from Dell Medical School, Art History, English, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and many more.
These visits offer students unique, object-based learning opportunities that spur inspiration and nurture community and connection. Our digital education resources also remain available for free on our website.
Your participation in 40 for Forty will directly support all of our university engagement efforts that benefit faculty and students from across UT. A gift of any size will help ensure we remain a vital resource for campus, creatively and meaningfully connecting Longhorns to the arts. For many students, the Blanton is their first art museum visit, which is a powerful, life-changing experience!