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Blanton Museum of Art Celebrates Fifty Years, Announces 2013 Gala

Blanton Museum of Art Celebrating Fifty Years

Blanton Museum of Art Celebrating Fifty Years

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin marks its 50th anniversary in 2013 and will celebrate this milestone occasion on Saturday, February 16, 2013 with a black-tie gala and after-party, and special preview of Through the Eyes of Texas:Masterworks from Alumni Collections. The elegant event will launch an exciting year of programming to celebrate the golden anniversary, including a free community-wide party in April.

Former University of Texas at Austin retired president Larry R. Faulkner and former Blanton director Jessie Otto Hite will serve as honorary chairs of the gala which will honor the 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.”

Regional chairs who have stepped forward to lead this event include Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, Jeanne and Mickey Klein and Mary and Howard Yancy of Austin, Nancy and Jim Gordon of Houston, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and Patty and James Huffines of Dallas, Ellen and Mark Bivins of Amarillo, Virginia Lebermann of Marfa, Joan R. Baskin of Midland, Kit and Charlie Moncrief of Fort Worth, Barbara and Alan Dreeben of San Antonio, and Carol Lynn and Cullen Looney of South Texas.

Gala sponsors include H-E-B, Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Deleery, L.L.P., BNSF Railway Company and Frost Bank. In-kind sponsors include CSI Printing and Mailing, Dyal and Partners, Grey Goose and Kendra Scott Jewelry.

The Blanton’s 50th anniversary is an opportunity to showcase one of UT’s “gems” that touches the lives of students throughout the university and serves as a gateway connecting the public to the university’s many resources. In celebration, the Blanton has organized Through the Eyes of Texas, a special exhibition that will survey the private art collections of University of Texas at Austin alumni from across the country with over 100 extraordinary works by artists ranging from Auguste Renoir to Georgia O’Keeffe to Ed Ruscha.  The presentation will highlight the fascinating stories of the objects and their owners, and celebrate the arts leadership of those who have studied at UT.

Tables and Tickets

Tables for 10 are available at the following levels:


Sponsorship tickets are available for $1,500 and individual tickets will be sold at a later date, depending on availability.

Gold a Go-Go After-Party!

February 16, 9 p.m. to midnight, Blanton Museum of Art

Festivities continue at the Gold a Go-Go after-party. A perfect date for Valentine’s weekend, gala guests and after-party ticket holders will enjoy Grey Goose cocktails, ample refreshments and lively music to hit the dance floor.

Attire: Black tie, gold, and all things go-go!
$150 per person ($125 per person for current museum members)

Call (512) 475-6013 or email for information on gala sponsorships, table purchases, and additional details.  Event information is also available at

The Blanton Museum of Art

Founded in 1963, the Blanton Museum of Art is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and holds the largest public collection in Central Texas. Recognized for its modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, Italian Renaissance and baroque paintings, and encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, the Blanton offers thought provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving encounters with art.

The museum is located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard 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 (13-21) $5. Admission is free to members, and all current UT ID-holders.  For additional information call (512) 471-7324 or visit

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