August 22, 2018

Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin to Donate 500 Works to Museums Statewide

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin announced Tuesday it would transfer five hundred works from its collection to seventeen museums across Texas, including many affiliated with higher education institutions. The transferred works come from The Contemporary Austin’s seven-hundred-piece legacy collection, which was first transferred to the Blanton in May 2017 as part of an ongoing partnership between the institutions.

“As leaders in Austin’s vibrant and rapidly growing arts community, the Blanton and The Contemporary Austin are delighted to collaborate on this ambitious multi-phase project, which will impact the arts here in Austin and throughout Texas,” Blanton director Simone Wicha said. Since fall 2017, the Blanton has exhibited works by Polly Apfelbaum, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Michael Ray Charles, and Dario Robleto and presented the exhibition Austin Collects Contemporary: Selections from the Blanton’s Gift from The Contemporary.

“It has been exciting to see works from the legacy collection on view in the Blanton’s galleries over the past year,” said Louis Grachos, executive director and CEO of The Contemporary Austin. “Further transferring select works to collecting institutions across the state will extend the legacy collection’s impact immeasurably, ensuring that the works are properly cared for, studied, and enjoyed by thousands of visitors for many years.”

Among the transferred works are pieces by Alexander Calder, Dorothy Hood, Luis Jiménez and Robert Rauschenberg, with special emphasis on works on paper and Texas-based and regional artists.

The recipient institutions are:

Amarillo Museum of Art
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
The Grace Museum, Abilene
International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen
Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville
Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Texas Tech Univeristy, Lubbock
Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, Odessa at The Unviersity of Texas Permian Basin
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring
Regional Arts Center, Texarkana
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
The Wittliff Collections and Texas State Galleries, San Marcos
Tyler Museum of Art
Visual Arts Gallery, Brownsville at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Wichita Fall Museum of Art at Midwestern State University

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