Support the Blanton

The generosity of museum supporters is vital to the Blanton’s ongoing success and impacts every aspect of the museum, including:

  • Supporting thought-provoking programs and dynamic exhibitions featuring art from around the world
  • Enriching arts education for thousands of school children each year
  • Enhancing the educational and cultural experience of university students from across disciplines
  • Caring for the museum’s permanent collection, which is the largest in Central Texas

The Blanton’s Major Gift Circles recognize philanthropic individuals who provide vital support for the museum, from exhibitions to education programs, and from publications to conservation. We gratefully acknowledge these friends who make annual contributions totaling $5,000 or more. Please click here to learn more about Major Gift Circles at the Blanton.

For additional ways to give, including information on gifting works of art, please contact the Development Office at 512.475.6013. or Director of Development Anna Berns at

Exhibitions are the cornerstone of everything we do at the museum. The Blanton strives for a vibrant program that represents art and artists spanning time and culture, fostering important conversations that help us understand each other and the world in which we live. This year, the Blanton will receive $20,000 in support of future exhibitions from an anonymous donor, and it is the museum’s goal to match that amount through community support by December 31. Gifts given to the 2018 Annual Fund for Exhibitions will help bring such varied exhibitions as Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day and Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders to museum visitors in 2019-2020. Make a gift today.

Make a Gift

Including the Blanton in your legacy plan is an important investment in the museum’s future and its commitment to excellence in the arts. Your future gift can provide unrestricted financial support for the museum or strengthen a specific area of interest, such as exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, or education. As part of The University of Texas at Austin, planned gifts to the Blanton may be made through a range of options that can maximize benefits to you, your loved ones, and the museum.

Mari and James A. Michener Society

In honor of its namesakes, the Mari and James A. Michener Society recognizes donors who have provided for the Blanton through a planned gift or made a provision for the museum in their estate plans. Through their thoughtful generosity and foresight, these supporters play an important role in helping the museum reach new heights and have a lasting impact on generations of future students and visitors. Planned gift donors to the Blanton also are welcomed into the Texas Leadership Society at the university.

Please see this Michener Society overview for more details, including a listing of our current members.  If you already have arranged a planned gift to the museum or want to learn more, please contact director of development Anna Berns at

A wide range of corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available for exhibitions and other programs. Click HERE to learn more about the type of benefits and perks the Blanton offers its corporate partners.

In 2020, the Austin corporate community also has the opportunity to become a sponsor of the Blanton Block Party, a free community festival that features live music, world class art, local food, and more. The fourth annual Block Party will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and offers sponsors brand recognition, special access, and an exclusive Blanton experience. Click HERE to learn more about directly supporting the Blanton by participating in this popular event.