Blanton New Grounds: Grand Opening Celebration

2023sat13may2:00 pmBlanton New Grounds: Grand Opening CelebrationSave the date for this unmissable event!

Event Details

2pm-5pm CT (museum open till 8pm), Saturday, May 13, 2023 | Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Austin, TX 78712 | New grounds. New art. New vibe!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Event will now take place 2pm-5pm. Our participatory art experience by the Haas Brothers is rescheduled to June 10 (Second Saturday). DJ sets by DJ Ella Ella and Adrian Quesada are now being rescheduled, date TBD. The museum will remain open through 8 p.m.

Access to Moody Patio & Grounds
– FREE – Blanton Members & All Visitors

ADMISSION / CHECK-IN (Smith Building): 
Access to Museum Galleries & Austin by Ellsworth Kelly
– $15 – Adult
– $12 – Seniors (65+)
– $ 8 – Youth & Non-UT College ID holders
– FREE – UT ID holders, Children 5 & under, and K-12 Teachers with valid ID
– FREE – Blanton Members Not yet a member? Join today!

Go to our Before You Visit page for more details and information when planning your visit. A limited number of lockers are available to use in our Check-in Building (first come, first served). If you have specific accommodation needs, please email us at accessibility@blantonmuseum.org

MUSEUM STORE: Get your art-inspired gifts here, folks (including any last minute Mother’s Day shopping)! Blanton Members get 20% off all purchases!

Remember to share your experience on social using #BlantonNewGrounds & #MoodyPatio and tag us @blantonmuseum!


WHERE: Outside On The Moody Patio – Free
2-3 p.m. Opening celebration featuring Gina Chavez, followed by remarks by Blanton Director Simone Wicha and special guests
3-4 p.m. Performance by Gina Chavez.
4-5 p.m. Performance by the Peterson Brothers.

WHERE: In The Museum Galleries (Michener Gallery Building) – Included with admission
3-8 p.m. Pop-up exhibition in the museum’s H-E-B Study Room. This one-day exhibition, titled Molded by the Matrix, features examples of collagraph printmaking and is inspired by a print by Cuban artist Belkis Ayón in the Blanton’s collection.
3-7 p.m. 30-minute public tours of highlights from the Blanton’s collection, offered every hour on the hour. Tours will meet in the museum’s Rapoport Atrium. A schedule of tours (including in Spanish) will be made available on our Group Visits & Tours page soon.
4-5 p.m. 
Torch Literary Arts presents readings by Texas writers in the museum’s Meredith Lounge on the second floor. Limited seating; first come, first served.

BITES & BEVS: Tasty options will be available for purchase between 2-8pm. Card & digital payments only:
Flyrite Chicken
Mama A’s
Tamale Addiction
Amy’s Ice Creams

Please note, the Blanton café is closed until further notice.

PARKING / TRANSPORT: Parking is available in the Brazos Garage. Normal rates can be paid directly at the garage. (Blanton Members get a $4 discounted rate at Check-In, valid all day). Ride-shares can drop off in the new Museum Drop-Off on the east side of the museum. Bicycle racks are available on the south side of Jester Center and on the west side of the museum’s Smith Administration Building. Public transit is encouraged; Cap Metro bus routes 1, 3, 7, 10, 18, 19, 20, 801, and 803 have stops within walking distance. 

The galleries and ’Austin’ are open late till 8 p.m.

Activities subject to change.

Support for the Grand Opening Celebration is provided by H-E-B and Texas Children’s.

A logo for H-E-B and Texas Children's

Additional support is provided by Rambler Sparkling Water.


May 13, 2023 2:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

View in my time

12 thoughts on “Blanton New Grounds: Grand Opening Celebration”

  1. Jermaine Ervin Jr

    So if I RSVP my friend and I to the opening event on May 13th it’s free of charge only for an hour? Or for that whole day of events?

    1. Lizabel Stella

      Hi there, Jermaine! The event is free of charge on the grounds for the duration 2pm-8pm. To enter the galleries, normal admission charges apply. We hope to see you there!

    1. Lizabel Stella

      Hello Helen! We do offer free admission, now on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. Hope you can join us!

    2. Juliet Blake

      My husband Mark Shepherd and I are members do we still need to register for Saturday? I just tried on line, filled everything in but it did not go through?
      Thank you.
      Juliet Blake

      1. Lizabel Stella

        Hello Juliet, that’s no problem about registering. We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday, just show your digital membership to our team at the Check-in Desk!

  2. I appreciate being invited but I will be out of state that weekend . It looks wonderful and I look forward to visiting soon

    1. Lizabel Stella

      Hi David, we have a link on the event page to our “Before You Visit” page which has all the info about planning your visit. This is a good suggestion though, we will add it to prevent any challenges for other members of the public! Just to confirm, our address is:
      Blanton Museum of Art
      The University of Texas at Austin
      200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
      Austin, TX 78712

    1. Lizabel Stella

      Hello Rodney, we understand your concerns! The event will go ahead, rain or shine. If the rain is heavy, we will be shifting the outdoor performances to the since of our Michener Building. We look forward to welcoming you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top