University Programs

A dynamic center for research and enlightening exchange, The Blanton proudly serves as a cultural gateway linking The University of Texas at Austin to the world beyond. The Blanton's university programs offer numerous opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage with art. University programs range from student internships, to interdisciplinary class tours, to monthly social meet-ups for Austin area college students. The Blanton's diverse permanent collection allows for learning, teaching, and scholarship in a variety of disciplines.

For more information about faculty and university programs please contact Siobhan McCusker, Museum Educator for University Audiences, at (512) 471-7175 or

Please note that the museum will be closed to the public Monday, January 30 through Saturday, February 11, 2017. During this time, the Museum Shop and the Blanton Café will remain open on weekdays, but will be closed the following weekend days: Saturday, February 4, Sunday, February 5, and Saturday, February 11.

Curriculum Connections and Class Visits

Faculty from astronomy, classics, English, geography, history, Latin American studies, mathematics, medicine, music, pharmacy, political science, religion, social work, Spanish and Portuguese, and numerous other departments regularly use the Blanton as an extension of the classroom. Blanton educators are available to help design customized class sessions in the galleries or Print Study Room that enhance student understanding of course content and achieve desired learning objectives. Sustained close looking, open-ended questioning, and active learning techniques are employed to advance critical thinking, problem solving, oral communication, and visual literacy skills.

There are many ways to integrate original works of art into teaching and learning in other disciplines. A visit to the museum can provide cultural context, exemplify ideas and concepts encountered in class, teach visual literacy, introduce methodology, or provide a focus for student assignments and projects.
Download examples and more information about possible models for teaching with art

Please read our policies on class visits here. To schedule a class visit, please complete our online request form. Please allow at least three weeks notice for customized class sessions designed by the Blanton’s professional educators.

Faculty Collaborations

As both the campus art museum and the largest public art collection in Central Texas, the Blanton acts as an interface between university and community audiences. The Blanton frequently presents public programs such as gallery talks and musical performances designed to showcase the intellectual and creative talents of UT faculty and graduate students. Faculty expertise, as well as graduate student research, also routinely shape the interpretation of collections and exhibitions.

The link below leads to one such faculty collaboration, an audio guide for Through the Eyes of Texas. It features fascinating stories told by UT professors, museum curators and educators, and art collectors about the extraordinary objects from the art collections of UT alumni on view at the Blanton spring of 2013.

Academic Reservations

When resources allow, the Blanton offers several meeting spaces for academic use for graduate and undergraduate courses, departments and organizations that utilize the Blanton’s collections and exhibitions as a resource or have a significant tie to the arts.

Facility Rentals for University Audiences

The Blanton welcomes you to host events, ranging from lectures, to symposia, to festive receptions and exclusive black-tie dinners in the Michener Gallery Building and Smith Building. A variety of spaces are ready to suit your needs in the Blanton Museum’s beautiful new home. University functions often qualify for special discounted rental rates. Our state of the art spaces and convenient location on campus make the Blanton a great place for your next meeting or department function. For more on facility rental, please contact the Blanton’s Special Events Manager Stacey Hoyt, at or (512) 475-6516