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Blanton Museum Addes Twelve Contemporary Works to Collection

One Rabbit Feeling the Pain of Another by Melissa Miller, 1982

One Rabbit Feeling the Pain of Another by Melissa Miller, 1982

Works by Melissa Miller, Jesse Amado and other Texas artists from the Barrett Collection acquired through lottery at Dallas Museum of Art.

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin announces the acquisition of twelve new works for its contemporary collection. The paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Melissa Miller, Jesse Amado, Dixie Friend Gay, Luanne Stovall, and five other celebrated Texas artists come to the museum through a lottery organized by The Dallas Museum of Art on behalf of collectors and Dallasites Nona and Richard Barrett. Blanton Director Simone Wicha remarks, “This special selection deepens our holdings of Texas art, adding additional works by some artists, and introducing new ones to our collection. We are grateful to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Barretts for this generous gift.”

Highlights of the acquisition include a 1987 painting by former University of Texas professor Melissa Miller entitled One Rabbit Feeling the Pain of Another (image attached) and an untitled mixed-media work by Jesse Amado that will be on view with the artist’s 1995 installation work, I Pray, Then I Play in the Collective Landscape, on August 19th in The Blanton’s Lowe Gallery. A work on paper by Dixie Friend Gay, best known for her large-scale mosaics in the George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport and other public settings, also comes to the museum.

This is the second lottery organized to distribute works from the esteemed Barrett collection to museums across the state. Desiring to enhance the reputation of art of this region and to augment the holdings of Texas museums, the couple donated a robust 305 works to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1998-2000. Seventy-six were accessioned into the MFAH collection, and a lottery was established in 2003 to distribute the remaining work to other Texas institutions. In a similar process, the Dallas Museum of Art extended invitations to The Blanton, The Old Jail Art Center, The Austin Museum of Art and several other museums to participate in the lottery for works from the Barrett’s 2010 gift to the DMA.

About The Barrett Collection

The Nona and Richard Barrett Collection of Texas Art includes pioneering work from the late 19th century through today by major artists from across the state. Reflecting the Barrett’s commitment to recognizing, cultivating and promoting Texas art and artists, the collection includes work from

  • Julian Onderdonk
  • Jerry Bywaters
  • Frank Reaugh
  • Otis Dozier
  • David Bates
  • Bill Komodore
  • Sharon Kopriva
  • Melissa Miller and
  • Harry Geffert

Also included are abstract, less representational paintings and sculptures, including works by early Texas abstractionist Ben L. Culwell and contemporary artists John Pomara, Linda Ridgway and Sam Gummelt.

The Blanton Museum of Art

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 museum welcomes and engages all visitors by offering personal, extraordinary experiences that connect art and ideas, reaching within and beyond The University of Texas campus to stimulate the thriving, creative community that is Austin, 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 museum is located at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Congress Avenue and is open Tuesday though Friday from 10 – 5, Saturday from 11-5, and Sunday from 1-5. Thursdays are free admission days and every third Thursday the museum is open until 9 pm. Admission Prices: Adults $9, Kids 12 and under FREE, Seniors (65+) $7, Youth/College Students (13-25) $5. Admission is free to members, all current UT ID-holders.

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One Rabbit Feeling the Pain of Another by Melissa Miller, 1982

One Rabbit Feeling the Pain of Another by Melissa Miller, 1982

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