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Grand Opening

Watercolor Rendering of the New Blanton Museum

The New Blanton Museum of Art Opens April 29 - 30, 2006

Art is the ultimate experience at the new Blanton Museum of Art. Experience the museum's welcoming new building, with its light-filled atrium and expansive galleries, at the southern edge of The University of Texas campus. View the opening exhibitions filled with Old Master paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, and prints and drawings. Get a taste of the Blanton's innovative interpretation, inspiring programs, and engaging social events when the doors open and a new cultural era begins in Austin. Housed at last in an architectural space worthy of its remarkable collections, the new Blanton will spring to life with a non-stop week of special events culminating in a 24-hour public grand opening. For more information on any of the events listed below, please call (512) 471-7324.

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24-hour Extremely Grand Opening
Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30

9 PM Saturday through 9 PM Sunday
Extremely Grand Opening hour-by-hour Schedule of Events

Download the Extremely Grand Opening hour-by-hour Schedule of Events (pdf - download adobe reader.)

Free and Open
Come one, come all to our Extremely Grand Opening Celebration! From 9 PM Saturday until 9 PM Sunday, sample guided tours of the collection, live music performances from Austin bands, yoga and storytelling classes, late-night improv, early morning gospel music, and a Sunday noon ribbon-cutting ceremony and performance by the Longhorn Band. Don't miss out on this non-stop, around-the-clock housewarming!
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Grand Opening MIX
Thursday, April 20

Open to University and College Students
8 PM-12 midnight
Join us for the first MIX-a series of monthly evening events created for students by students-and kick-off the Grand Opening celebration of the new Blanton. Be the first to experience the museum, tour the galleries with student docents, check out live music by DJ Rob F and Dynah, and much more. The Grand Opening MIX will also feature art-making activities and a scavenger hunt. For more information, contact Kristina Elizondo, Manager of University Programs, at (512) 471-5512 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Educators' Bash
Tuesday, April 25

Open to all Austin Area Educators
4:30-7:30 PM
Tour the new Blanton before it opens, take home free teaching resources, sign up for upcoming workshops, create an artwork with a contemporary artist, relax with a chair massage, and enjoy music in the skylit atrium. Feel free to bring a colleague or friend! For more information, contact Jennifer Garner, Manager of School and Family Programs at (512) 471-3564, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Art World Party
Friday, April 28

Open to Director's Circle Members, Donors, and Other Guests
7-10 PM
Mingle with an international array of artists, art dealers, gallery owners, critics, patrons, and art lovers in a star-studded evening that will include lively music, cocktails, and appetizers in our glass-covered atrium. For more information, please contact the Membership Office at (512) 471-9880 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Just for Members
Saturday, April 29

Open to all Blanton Members
Member Preview Day
10 AM- 4 PM
Enjoy docent-led tours and quiet viewing of the museum's inspiring collection-much of it displayed for the first time.

Member Party
6-8 PM
Celebrate the grand opening with live music, cocktails, and hors-d'oeuvres in the skylit atrium of your new museum. For more information, please contact the Membership Office at (512) 471-9880 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Grand Opening Sponsors

College of Fine Arts Logo JP Morgan Chase Logo Time Warner Cable Logo University Co-Op Logo

The Grand Opening of the Blanton Museum of Art is generously supported by the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Time Warner Cable, and the University Co-operative Society. Additional support is provided by Bacardi USA, BookPeople, the Blanton Museum Council, Clampitt Paper/Mohawk Fine Paper, Continental Airlines, CSI Printing and Mailing, KUT 90.5 FM, Milkshake Media, TEXAS MONTHLY, TRIBEZA, and Word of Mouth Catering.

Bacardi Logo Book People Logo Clampitt Paper/Mohawk Fine Paper Logo Continental Airlines Logo CSI Printing and Mailing Logo
KUT 90.5 FM Logo Milkshake Media Logo TExas Monthly Logo Tribeza Logo Word of Mouth Catering Logo

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The Blanton would like to thank these sponsor hotels:

Courtyard by Marriot Austin Central Logos Doubletree Guest Suites Austin Logo Hyatt Regency Hotel Logo Four Seasons Hotel Austin Logo Hotel San Jose Logo Omni Hotel Southpark Logo

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The city is home to many fun and enjoyable dining experiences-from nationally acclaimed restaurants to eclectic neighborhood eateries that have become Austin traditions.

Asti Trattoria
408 East 43rd Street, Suite C
(512) 451-1218
ASTI Trattoria offers the heart and soul of trattoria cooking-honest, unpretentious and robust food with a minimum of fuss and frills.

Chez Nous
510 Neches Street
(512) 473-2413
Tucked into a historic neighborhood near The University of Texas campus, this lovely dining spot delights gourmands and anyone else in search of a fine meal. Bistro-style caf?.

Chuy's Hula Hut
3826 Lake Austin Boulevard
(512) 476-4852
Chuy's is just minutes from downtown and features a unique mix of Mexican and Polynesian cuisine.

The Driskill Grill
604 Brazos Streeet
(512) 474-5911
The Driskill Grill, found inside the Driskill Hotel, remains one of Austin's most cherished dining spots.

1204 West Lynn Street
(512) 477-5584
An absolute must for dining, the inventive cuisine of Jeffrey's blends Latin flavors with classic cuisine.

Las Manitas Avenue Cafe
211 Congress Avenue
(512) 472-9357
Austin wouldn't be Austin without Las Manitas Avenue Cafe. The menu has now grown to include Mexican and Central American dishes, such as the breakfast stand-by migas and the weekend necessity, menudo.

Ranch 616
616 Nueces Street
(512) 479-7616
The Ranch is a comfortable, quiet spot featuring South Texas cuisine-from the Gulf Coast to the border towns of Texas and Mexico.

Salt Lick BBQ
18300 FM 1826
(512) 858-4959
Home to one of the few open-pit BBQ's left in Central Texas. Often rated the "Best BBQ in Austin." Located in Driftwood, 30 miles outside of Austin. (Credit cards not accepted).

Shoreline Grill
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
(512) 477-3300
On the banks of Town Lake, the Shoreline Grill showcases the best of Austin. Opened in 1989 by the owners of Jeffrey's, the Shoreline Grill is known for its magnificent setting and standard of excellence.

801 South Lamar Boulevard
(512) 916-4808
Uchi features the culinary talents of executive chef and sushi master Tyson Cole, winner of the "best new chef in America 2005" by Food and Wine magazine.

1610 S. Congress Avenue
(512) 441-6100
Authentic Italian cooking served fresh in a relaxed homey environment. Located in the hip South Congress neighborhood. Pop in next door to Ennoteca for a glass of wine and antipasti, Vespaio's caf? style sidekick.

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For more information on things to see and do while in Austin please visit the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

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