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Blanton Museum of Art Announces Panel of Prominent Art Collectors

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections, the Blanton Museum of Art presents a special conversation with three passionate and well informed collectors and lenders to the exhibition. Moderated by Annette Carlozzi, Blanton curator at large, the panel features Bill Wheless (Houston), Suzanne Deal Booth (Austin) and Jason Schoen (Princeton, NJ) in a discussion of their most exciting acquisitions, the criteria they use to make art purchases, and how they live with the treasures in their collections. The April 20 panel will be held in the museum’s Rapoport Atrium at 2 PM and will be followed by a Q & A with the audience. Admission is included in the cost of museum admission ($5-$9, or free for members as well as UT faculty, staff and students).

About the Collectors

Bill Wheless collects works of art in consultation with his wife and daughter. His wide-ranging focus includes ancient, tribal, and modern art from around the globe, in all media. Works loaned to Through the Eyes of Texas include an ancient Mayan Eccentric Flint, a Calder gouache of a Tribal Man, and an African Bird Hat/Helmet.

Suzanne Deal Booth holds a deep and extensive collection of international contemporary art including several artist commissions. She also collects Old Master works on paper.  Works loaned to the exhibition include Doug Aitken’s  STAR, and Jacques Bellange’s Three Marys at the Tomb print.

Jason Schoen holds a degree in art history from The University of Texas at Austin and has built one of the leading collections of American regional art between the world wars. He also collects work by contemporary African American artists and is actively involved with the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art.  Works loaned to the exhibition include a Kerry James Marshall painting and a Charles White drawing of a mother and child.

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. 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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