Even though you can’t visit the museum right now, we’re bringing the Blanton to you! Check out our assortment of digital resources that let you continue to connect with Austin’s art museum by exploring our permanent collection, peeking behind the scenes with Blanton staff, watching artist interviews, learning about Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin,” and more. You’ll find that plenty of what you love about the Blanton is accessible here, so you can #MuseumFromHome.
Join us every Tuesday for live Q&A sessions with the Blanton staff! They’ll answer your burning questions about everything from how the windows in Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin got here to what NOT to say to an artist. Happy hour drink suggestions and recipes provided.
Enjoy this video series featuring Blanton educator Monique Piñón O’Neil leading easy, make-at-home art activities inspired by works in the museum collection. Each activity includes a downloadable supply list and instructions.
Step inside the galleries of the museum….virtually! Our interactive 360-degree video tours let you move through exhibitions online, enhancing your “visit” with high-resolution images, in-depth descriptive text, audio commentary from curators, and even videos. First up, you can explore our exhibition The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s. Stay tuned for more virtual visits soon!
Fun and relaxing for all ages, these downloadable art pages feature works of art from the Blanton collection and are a lovely way to color the day away! We’ll be adding new collections every few weeks, so be sure to check back.
Post your colorful creations on social media and remember to tag them with #ColorTheBlanton and @blantonmuseum so we can re-share!
Ready for your creative coloring, these “Fabulous Fashion” plates show a variety of the clothes folks wore in days of yore – as found in our prints and drawings collection.
We had so much fun sharing this challenge with our community and saw an abundance of creativity with the entries! We asked our followers to vote for a winner in two categories (Amateur and Professional) and the final votes are now counted! Congratulations to Stephanie Belov of Saint Elmo Architecture Studio for the Amateur win and Christine Williams of Cookies Del Mundo for the Professional win.
In January 2015, the renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton the design concept for his most monumental work, a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black and white marble panels. Titled Austin, honoring the artist’s tradition of naming particular works for the places for which they are destined, the structure is the only building the artist designed, and will be his most lasting legacy. Envisioned by Kelly as a site for joy and contemplation, Austin is a cornerstone of the Blanton’s permanent collection and will enrich the lives of visitors from around the world.
The Blanton’s permanent collection of over 19,000 works is recognized for its European paintings, prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. Browse by collection area or search the entire collection.
Get more out of our collections and exhibitions through this in-depth series! Explore artistic themes, learn about connected histories, and observe works in more detail. Your art education starts here!
As a nonprofit, the Blanton depends heavily on admissions, membership, donations, events, and other income to be able to pay for our programs and staff—so this closure significantly impacts us. We also know that when we reopen, it will be at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing, therefore limiting admissions income for an additional, extended period. We have set-up the Blanton Together Fund to support our COVID-19 response plan. Gifts of any size will together help us get through these tough times and ensure the Blanton remains a pillar of our community, now and in the future.