Blanton Museum of Art
Home to Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin and a vibrant, diverse exhibition program, Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art offers an ever-changing mix of compelling, thought-provoking art. Located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, just north of the Texas State Capitol, the Blanton is a don’t-miss destination for art lovers and Austin visitors.
The permanent collection consists of approximately 20,000 works of modern and contemporary
American and Latin American art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and prints and
drawings. Housed on the museum’s second floor, the permanent collection galleries display art ranging from ancient Greek pottery to contemporary works by el Anatsui, Cildo Meireles, Deborah Roberts, and Tavares Strachan.
The Blanton has a robust exhibition program that includes major traveling exhibitions, showcases of
works on paper, and contemporary installations. Past major exhibitions have included contemporary
African design, American road trip photography, and an Andy Warhol retrospective. These
exhibitions change throughout the year, as do the permanent collection galleries, so there’s always
something new to explore!
Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin
Austin is the monumental last work by renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly. 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 opened to great acclaim in 2018 and is
part of the museum’s permanent collection. Inside, visitors will experience a redwood totem,14 black
and white marble panels, and kaleidoscopic colored light from the building’s 33 stained glass
windows. Entry to the building is included with museum admission; visitors may access the space
during regular museum hours.