The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The Blanton’s permanent collection of more than 17,000 works is recognized for its European paintings, an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.
The Blanton is considered one of the university’s many Gems along with The Harry Ransom Center, the Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas Press, UT Libraries, the Graduate School, and the Michener Center for Writers.
Located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue, the museum is across the street from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and is adjacent to downtown Austin.
The Bullock Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board and was named for the state’s 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, who championed the preservation and exhibition of Texas history and worked to establish the museum that opened in 2001. In 2013, the Museum received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum.
Located just north of the Texas State Capitol, the building exterior is covered with Sunset Red granite and it is topped by a majestic copper dome. Visitors can walk under a monumental 35-foot tall bronze star, the highlight of the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza, around which the six flags of Texas fly on 50-foot tall flagpoles. The Museum’s expansive lobby features a dramatic, four-story rotunda with a stunning granite staircase. A unique 40-foot diameter terrazzo design is centered in the floor of the rotunda.