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Long Profile of The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas, Austin

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Established:

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas opened in 1963.

Its permanent collection consists of over 17,000 artworks, including European paintings, prints and drawings, and a wide range of modern and contemporary art. The Museum is also renowned for its comprehensive collection of Latin American art.

History:

The origins of the Blanton Museum of Art began with a generous donation of land in 1927, whose subsequent sale helped pay for "a new building for the art department of the university, including some gallery space that was formally named the University Art Museum" in 1963.

In 1997, the Museum was renamed the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art.

Groundbreaking started October 2003 for the new Museum complex, designed by Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects. It contains a 124,000-square-foot space for the Museum's collection and for short-term exhibitions; the 56,000-square-foot space houses a shop, café, classrooms, auditorium, and offices; and a 145,000-square-foot public plaza and garden.

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin enriches and transforms the lives of learners of all ages by providing inspiring and relevant experiences with original works of art."

"Through the collecting of art, preserving it in optimal condition, and creatively displaying and interpreting these objects, The Blanton serves as an intellectual and social portal connecting the university and the rest of the world through visual art and culture."

Location:

The Museum is located at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue.

It is easily accessible by bus: routes 1, 5, and 7.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of researching, analyzing, and preserving or restoring artwork for future generations. If a museum does not have an in-house conservation department, the work will be sent out.

In 2012, the Blanton Museum sent Antonio Carneo’s 17th-century painting The Death of Rachel to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa for restoration.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Blanton Museum of Art's acquisitions include fine examples of European paintings, particularly the Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting by artists such as Parmigianino, Veronese, and Rubens.

The collection of American art dates from 1875 to the present. Paintings of the American West, and works "from the Ashcan School, early American modernism, Regionalism, Social Realism, Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Pop, Minimalism, Post-Minimalism, and Conceptual and Performance art" are included.

The Latin American collection includes "Mexican graphics of the early 20th century, and post-1970 paintings and drawings from South America."

Noteworthy Facts:

The Mapping Exchange: Artists Residency Program at The University of Texas is a program developed by both the Museum and the University's Art Department, and which invites three emerging artists from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico to use the university facilities, and to create artworks, and work with students during their stay in Austin.

Employment Information:

The Blanton Museum posts its employment opportunities on its website in the various departments such as administrative, collections management, communications, curatorial, design, educational, marketing and security.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for any job listing that is posted on the Museum's website, send your résumé, with a cover letter to the appropriate person listed.

On-line applications are also available for volunteers and interns. Students are encouraged to apply.

Museum's Contact Info:

Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Congress Avenue, (200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.), Austin, Texas 78701. Tel: 512-471-5482

E-mail address: info@blantonmuseum.org

The Blanton Museum of Art's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Third Thursdays open until 9 PM.
  • Fridays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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