Support the Blanton

The Annual Fund is a critical financial resource that helps make possible the Blanton’s mission-centric work. Each year a special area of focus and need is selected to be in the spotlight for our end-of-year fundraising campaign. Your collective generosity enables the museum to sustain the excellence that the community has come to enjoy and expect.

This year, join the Blanton in raising $25,000 for the development of Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America —an exhibition that will provide both a visual feast and a wealth of learning opportunities.

When you contribute to the 2021 Annual Fund, you directly support our commitment to art of the Spanish Americas, an underserved field of art history. You also ensure that Painted Cloth is realized on a world-class level, presenting works of art from premier collections in the Americas and Europe. With your help, we can fulfill our mission at the highest level, while giving our visitors and supporters a chance to enjoy and learn from these rich holdings.

Your fully tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund, in any amount, is greatly appreciated.

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We Need Art—and You

Like our community, the Blanton continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a nonprofit, the Blanton depends heavily on admissions, membership, donations, and other income to be able to pay for our programs and staff—so the closure from March-August 2020 significantly impacted us. Today, we are open to the public again—but we have seen 80% fewer visitors than in a typical year. We have made substantial changes to our operating budget to try to mitigate this unprecedented situation, but it is still a difficult time financially. Give directly to the fund HERE.


Ongoing, annual support also remains vital to the Blanton’s 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, which begin at $10,000, recognize philanthropic individuals who provide vital support for the museum, from exhibitions to education programs, and from publications to conservation. Please click here to learn more about Major Gift Circles at the Blanton, and click here to make your gift today.

Calling all art lovers! Including the Blanton in your estate plans is an important investment in the museum’s future and its commitment to excellence. Art is a gift to the world and your future gift can provide unrestricted financial support for the museum or strengthen a specific area of interest, such as exhibitions, acquisitions and collection care, or education. Every time you visit the Blanton, you experience the impact of planned gifts made decades ago. Every schoolchild who walks through the museum’s doors is learning thanks to the generosity of past patrons.

Click here to read a message from museum director Simone J. Wicha about the importance of planned giving.

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. This summary provides an overview of the many ways you can ensure a thriving future for the Blanton and meet your own financial goals.

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 range of corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for exhibitions, educational outreach, and other programs that help define the Blanton as a cultural pillar of Austin. The Blanton can tailor a sponsorship package to meet your company’s marketing and community impact goals. Popular events like the Blanton Block Party and the biennial Blanton Gala also offer sponsors brand recognition, special museum access, and more.

To begin a conversation about partnership with the museum, please contact: Kelly Millán, Grants Manager, at

To make a gift by check to the Blanton, please mail your contribution to: Texas Development, The University of Texas at Austin, PO Box 7458, Austin, TX 78713

For information on gifting works of art, see this webpage.

For more information on supporting the Blanton, please email Anna Berns, director of development, at