Morninglight in Austin

Morninglight in Austin

Ticket & Visitor Info

“I hope visitors will experience ‘Austin’ as a place of calm and light…Go there and rest your eyes, rest your mind.”

Ellsworth Kelly (May 31, 1923 – December 27, 2015)

From May 2023 to May 2024, people across the globe are honoring the centennial of this renowned American artist. In celebration of 100 Years of Ellsworth Kelly, you’re invited to experience his most momentous artwork like never before — as the Blanton opens Austin’s doors early — and stand beneath its luminous windows.  

During Morninglight, you’ll step inside Austin before it opens to the public, in the early hours when winter’s light fills the space. Director of Education and Academic Affairs Ray Williams will share insight into Kelly and his masterpiece before guiding the small group through mindful reflections, poetry, and quiet contemplation in this peaceful, joyful space.  

Light morning refreshments in the Blanton’s Smith Building will be provided. 

Reservations are now closed.

Morninglight in Austin will take place, rain or shine, on the dates listed below.
Sessions are 30 minutes long.
20 spaces are available for each session.

Reservations available online:
$ 75 Blanton Members (includes Austin catalogue)*
$100 General Public (includes museum admission)

Thank you for being a part of Morninglight, honoring 100 Years of Ellsworth Kelly. Your purchase supports the care of Austin and other vital museum initiatives. 

#PROTIP: If you’re purchasing a Morninglight ticket as a gift, we’ve designed a free gift card PDF to download and print at home for the recipient.

*Exclusive gift for Blanton Members: You’ll receive a copy of the Austin catalogue to commemorate Kelly’s centennial year. Not yet a member? Here’s how to join.   

(Please note, regular museum discounts such as UT ID Holder, Military, K-12 Teacher, Student, and Senior do not apply for special events.)

PLAN YOUR VISIT: Check our Before Your Visit page for parking info, maps, & more. On the day of your session, please email info@blantonmuseum.org for immediate assistance. View our Accessibility & Amenities page for detailed navigation and other resources. If you have questions, accommodation needs (including sign language interpretation), or would like more information, contact our Visitor Services team at 512.471.5482 or via email at accessibility@blantonmuseum.org. If a specific accommodation is required, please call at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.
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