Ellsworth Kelly's Austin

Visiting Austin

In January 2015, the renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton the design concept for his most monumental work, a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black and white marble panels. Titled Austin, honoring the artist’s tradition of naming particular works for the places for which they are destined, the structure is the only building the artist designed, and will be his most lasting legacy. Envisioned by Kelly as a site for joy and contemplation, Austin is a cornerstone of the Blanton’s permanent collection and will enrich the lives of visitors from around the world.

We are delighted to celebrate the official opening of Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” with this FREE event for the public!

Simone Wicha, our Museum Director, will share opening remarks along with Mayor of Austin Steve Adler, President of The University of Texas at Austin Greg Fenves, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation Jack Shear at a special ceremony, followed by a musical performance by the University of Texas at Austin Longhorn Band.

We invite the public to sign the guest books available on the tables directly outside “Austin.”  Share your experience on social media using the #KellyAtTheBlanton hashtag.

RSVP is Requested but not Required.

Click here to RSVP

Paid parking is available in the Brazos Garage on Brazos Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the museum.

Please note: traffic closures related to the Austin Marathon
may affect travel to and from the Blanton. Check route information here: https://youraustinmarathon.com/traffic/

  • Tuesday - Friday

    10am - 5pm

  • Saturday

    11am - 5pm

  • Sunday

    1pm - 5pm

  • Monday


Entry is included with museum admission. Please check in at the Visitor Services Desk in the museum before visiting Austin.

Admission is free for all holders of a current UT ID.

We ask visitors to observe the following rules upon entering Austin:

  • Please do not touch the art
  • Non-flash photography is permitted
  • No food or beverage is allowed
  • Please silence electronic devices
  • Please respect the quiet nature of this space
Further Information

Admission is always free on Thursdays. On the third Thursday of each month, the Blanton remains open until 9pm.