UT’s Austin Blanton Art Museum
I’ve spent months and months in and around Austin over the last ten year, and somehow have still barely scratched the surface of all the cool stuff to do in town. I know of four or five museums offhand just on the UT campus, for example, but until recently had only been to the LBJ Library.
I’m slowly working to fix that, though, and spend a little more time exploring all the things that make Austin such a fun and liveable city! For starters, the Blanton Museum of Art.
Full of exhibitions ranging from woodblock prints of Imperial Augsburg to a survey of contemporary artist Waltercio Caldas, there seemed to be a little bit of everything on offer. Though we couldn’t stay for the evening, there was also a film screening by Edible Austin magazine the night that we visited and a host of upcoming public programs on the Blanton’s calendar.
The place (well, the art inside) was quirky, informative, eclectic, and fun even if it didn’t always make a strong personal connection. Which, come to think of it, is a pretty good description of Austin itself.
The Blanton Museum of Art is open daily from 10-5, and located on the corner of MLK and Congress in Austin, Tx. Admission is $9/ person, free on Thursdays.