How to Develop Grit in an Art Museum

GRIT—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal. In Grit, an instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Why do some succeed while others fail? Duckworth, a professor in […]

Draw It Like You See It

Sometime last spring, Ray Williams, the Blanton’s Director of Education was looking for a suitable thank you card to send to someone. This basic need sparked a conversation about how great it would be to have notecards with student representations of works from the museum’s collection. Above: greeting cards featuring works from the Blanton’s collection […]

Growing up at the Blanton

Augustus “Gus” Swanson has grown up at the Blanton. Literally. His father, Chris, began visiting the museum with the child when Gus was just a few months old, and they’ve faithfully returned nearly every Thursday for four and a half years. What originally started as a way to meet his wife for lunch near where she worked has developed into […]

Explore UT at the Blanton Museum of Art

Being the new kid on campus can be pretty intimidating, especially on a campus as large as the one at the University of Texas at Austin. I should know—I just moved to Austin in August, and still am unfamiliar with half of the buildings that I bike past daily. But what if you were personally […]

Making Art a Central Part of a Child's Education

The Blanton’s signature K-12 program is Art Central, a multiple-visit school program for fourth and fifth graders from typically under-served communities. Students learn about artistic media, messages in art, museum careers, and are introduced to the exhibition process over the course of four visits to the museum. In the spring semester, each class creates a […]