The Blanton Museum of Art selects unique and beautiful exhibits and offers a diverse array of programs and events for people of all ages. Blanton is also a member of Austin’s Cultural Campus, a pedestrian friendly cultural destination integrating Blanton Museum, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center,LBJ Library/Museum and the Texas Memorial Museum, which all continue to provide our community with diversity and educational resources.
The Blanton Museum of Art originally began as the University Art Museum in 1963. For 50 years, the museum has offered inspiring pieces of art and programs to further promote opening the minds and broadening the horizons of people of all ages. The 50 anniversary gala is a celebration to show appreciation to all the people who have helped in making this museum so successful in growing and strengthening our community through education and art.
This year Blanton will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary with an over-the-top black tie affair to raise support for the museum’s key programs. Funds raised from the biennial event provide essential funding for Blanton’s exhibits, educational programs for children, students and adults, collection care and help to further develop the arts and culture in Austin, at The University of Texas at Austin and throughout the state of Texas. The gala will also offer a special preview of “Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections.”
Former University of Texas at Austin President Larry R. Faulkner and former Blanton Director Jessie Otto Hite will serve as honorary chairs of the gala which will honor Blanton’s history and the visionary donors and collectors whose gifts helped build the museum’s collection of more than 17,000 works of art. “The Blanton’s golden anniversary,” says museum director Simone Wicha, “is a time to celebrate our rich legacy and to acknowledge the many visitors, members, and supporters who have made the museum a special place for art, scholarship, and discovery.”
This year’s gala is sure to be incredible with a plated dinner, live music provided by The Bluebonnets, featuring certified rock star Kathy Valentine of The Go-go’s and special guest Charlie Sexton. Plus, DJ Mel (who has recently been invited to entertain at official inauguration events) will play tracks throughout the night to keep the energy high and people dancing!
At the invigorating after party, guests will enjoy complimentary Grey Goose cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and custom-made desserts.
WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.; After-Party from 9 p.m. to Midnight.
Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin
200 East Martin Luther King Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701
TICKETS: Please click here to purchase your tickets.
PARKING: Valet parking is available on Jester Circle (just north of the museum, off Brazos St.)