Blanton Museum Of Art’s New Grounds Initiative Will Transform Museum Experience
AUSTIN, Texas – There is a new look coming to the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. The comprehensive grounds redesign will unify and revitalize the museum campus, which is approximately 200,000 square feet and contains two buildings and Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin,” through architectural and landscape improvements. The project is led by international design firm Snøhetta and will feature the first major public mural commission by noted Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera.
“I believe that landscape has the power to transform a community, very much in the way that great art can transform our hearts and minds,” said Blanton Museum Director Simone Wicha. “An undertaking of this scale would not be possible without our visionary partners, including the Snøhetta team, Carmen Herrera, the Moody Foundation, and our other generous donors. The new grounds initiative will transform the Blanton, opening the museum into the city, inviting people in not just to see great art, but also to linger, gather, and be inspired before and after each visit. We want to create a destination — a beloved destination — for families, students, tourists, and art lovers alike.”
Together, through one of the largest fundraising efforts in our state’s history, we will open doors to a first-class education, recruit top faculty, create healthier communities and solve global problems.