We hope to see you at the museum soon for a visit! Please note that we are not currently scheduling any in-person programming and will continue to offer a range of museum experiences online. Check back here for more about Curated Conversations, Virtual Visits, and other ways to deepen your museum experience digitally.
Join us for live Q&A sessions with Blanton staff and special guests! They’ll answer your burning questions about everything from how the windows in Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin got here to what NOT to say to an artist.
Curated Conversation: Artist Talk – Sedrick Huckaby
Sedrick Huckaby‘s paintings and drawings metaphorically express universal themes of faith, family, community, and heritage – with a pictorial aggression that approaches relief sculpture. Huckaby focuses on the subjects of quilts and portraits in his quest to glorify everyday people. Huckaby states, “I believe my paintings are done in a language more closely in tune with my soul than the language of my tongue.” Huckaby is known for his monumental scale of painting, with his largest painting thus far being his 80 foot long, four-part painting, “A Love Supreme,” painted over a period of eight years, for which Huckaby was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Huckaby is also the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award,an honorable mention award winner in the 2016OutwinBoochever Portrait Competition and a 2019 finalist. Additionally, he is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell foundation grant, Elizabeth Greenshield award, and was the Texas State Artist for 2018.After earning a BFA at Boston University in 1997, and an MFA from Yale University in 1999, he participated in the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center residency and traveled the U.S. and Europe studying old master paintings. When he returned to the U.S. Huckaby settled into his home town of Fort Worth, Texas, where he was born in 1975.Since returning home he has been invited to participate in a number of residenciesand fellowships including a Davison Family Fellowship from the Amon Carter Museum of American art, an Elaine De Kooning House residencyand an Art for Change residency in New Delhi, India.Huckaby’s work has entered the permanent collections of numerous museums and institutions including the American Embassy in Namibia; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Yale University Art Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is married to artist Letitia Huckaby and is the father of three children, Rising Sun, Halle Lujah and Rhema Rain Huckaby. He holds the position of Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington.
Feature Image Credit: Installation view of The Huckabys, 2020, in i, May 29–December 5, 2021, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
The Blanton Bake-Off has now taken place 2020 and 2021. Do you have what it BAKES to win?
Check our gallery of entries below to see some previous entries and read this article in PBS Newshour to learn about how the #BlantonBakeOff began!
2021 Winners: Pancake art by Aida (Youth under 18 Category) / Inspired by Fernando Botero, Santa Rosa de Lima según Vásquez [Santa Rosa de Lima after Vasquez]. Layered Cake by Blythe Johnson (Adult Category)/ Inspired by José Pedro Costigliolo’s “Forma negra [Black form].”
2020 Winners: Chocolate Cookie by Cookies del Mundo / Inspired by Simone dei Crocifissi’s “Triptych” (Professional Category). Sugar Cookie by St. Elmo Architecture Studio / Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin.
Enjoy this video series featuring Blanton educator Monique Piñón O’Neil leading easy, make-at-home art activities inspired by works in the museum collection. Each activity includes a downloadable supply list and instructions.
Step inside the galleries of the museum….virtually! Our interactive 360-degree video tours let you move through exhibitions online, enhancing your “visit” with high-resolution images, in-depth descriptive text, audio commentary from curators, and even videos. First up, you can explore our exhibition The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s. Stay tuned for more virtual visits soon!
In January 2015, the renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton the design concept for his most monumental work, a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black and white marble panels. Titled Austin, honoring the artist’s tradition of naming particular works for the places for which they are destined, the structure is the only building the artist designed, and will be his most lasting legacy. Envisioned by Kelly as a site for joy and contemplation, Austin is a cornerstone of the Blanton’s permanent collection and will enrich the lives of visitors from around the world.
The Blanton’s permanent collection of over 19,000 works is recognized for its European paintings, prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. Browse by collection area or search the entire collection.
Get more out of our collections and exhibitions through this in-depth series! Explore artistic themes, learn about connected histories, and observe works in more detail. Your art education starts here!