The total includes $5 million for the Blanton Museum of Art in support of a plan to transform its footprint and public face with the aim of forging stronger connections between the university, the City of Austin, and the Texas State Capitol Complex. The remaining $5 million will support the Landmarks Public Art Program in the College of Fine Arts — often the first opportunity UT students have to engage with great works of art. Both gifts include a $2 million challenge match aimed at catalyzing project support from other donors.
"A longstanding supporter of the museum for three decades, the Still Water Foundation has had an impact that can be felt across the Blanton," said the museum's director, Simone Wicha. "The foundation has helped the Blanton curate an encyclopedic collection of works on paper in one of the most active print study rooms in the country. This recent gift toward the Blanton's master plan project, one of the museum's most significant projects, underlines Still Water's dedication to championing the arts, education, and the environment on campus, in Austin, and beyond."
"Landmarks and the Blanton represent outstanding programs at the University of Texas," said Still Water Foundation president Jill Wilkinson. "In making these gifts, our hope is to raise the visibility of the visual arts on campus and to encourage broad participation in the fundraising campaigns. These programs are jewels in our community that all of us should be excited to experience and support."
(Photo credit: Blanton Museum of Art)