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Your Guide to Visiting UT’s Artistic Gems

Details on holiday hours and exhibits for the Blanton Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center and more.

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The university has plenty to offer art lovers of all kinds.

Blanton Museum of Art

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“USA. New York City. East 100th Street.” 1966 © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos 

Closed Dec. 23-Dec. 25 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1. See their website for complete holiday museum, gift shop and café hours and special events. Download a special “Buy One Get One” coupon through Dec. 22 that allows free admission for a friend with the purchase of one regular adult, student or senior admission [PDF]. Admission is free for current UT faculty, students and staff. Regular admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $5 for college students and youth (13-21), and free for children 12 and under.

Catch the final days of the fall exhibitions:

Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540
This exhibition, organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other private and public collections, emphasizes the rich and varied world of works of art on paper produced in Renaissance Augsburg, paying particular attention to innovative printmaking techniques as well as the fundamental role of imperial patronage in furthering these activities. It also addresses how, as a wealthy city with commercial ties to Italy, Augsburg was one of the first German cities to emulate the new Italian Renaissance style as well as its cultivation of humanism and the revival of antiquity.

The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas
This exhibition will be the most extensive presentation of one of Brazil’s leading contemporary artists, featuring works from the 1960s through the present. Working in a variety of mediums, Caldas examines the physical qualities of objects and spaces, challenging the assumptions viewers bring to the act of looking. He defines his practice as the act of sculpting the distance between objects, inverting the conventional definition of sculpture as a dense, self-contained volume.

Harry Ransom Center

Harry Ransom Center Magnum Photos

“USA. New York City. East 100th Street.” 1966 © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos 

Closed Mondays and Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. See their website for complete hours. Docent-led gallery tours occur on Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The public tours meet in the lobby, and no reservations are required. Admission is free.

Visitors can see the current exhibition, Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age through Jan. 5. Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus insuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence. Drawing largely upon the vast collection of prints from the agency’s New York bureau, this exhibition investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux.

The First Photograph and the Gutenberg Bible remain on permanent display.

Landmarks Public Art

UT Clock Knot

Mark di Suvero, Clock Knot, 2007, Painted Steel, 498 × 260 × 420 inches, Purchase, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013 

Landmarks, the public art program at The University of Texas at Austin, has more than 30 stellar pieces in the collection. These works are located throughout the campus and can be visited completely free of charge. Public art located outdoors is available for viewing at all times. Works located indoors may be viewed during each facility’s regular hours of operation. Downloadable activity guides are available to offer instruction to three developmental stages of youth.

For adults, information about each artist’s work, bibliographic resources, and audio tours are also available. By bringing great works of public art to the main campus, Landmarks records our history, builds community, and creates a sense of place, now and for future generations. To learn more, visit Landmarks projects in person, view the interactive map, or read the frequently asked questions.

Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports

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Closed Dec. 23-Jan. 1. Regular hours are M-Th 10-6, Friday 10-5. Admission is free. Call 512-471-4890 to gain access while the normal entry is under construction.

The Stark Center, located inside the North End Zone at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, showcases sports photographs, memorabilia and equipment from some of history’s greatest athletes. Galleries include black and white photographs from the 1940s and 1950s depicting the golden era at Muscle Beach, nineteenth-century images of circus and vaudeville strongmen and strongwomen, papers and memorabilia of Texas golf legends Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Harvey Penick, and images of television and film stars playing golf at Pebble Beach.

There is also an exhibit commemorating UT’s 1963 football national championship and the life of legendary coach Darrell K. Royal. The exhibit features photographs, letters and other memorabilia from Royal’s life and the 1963 National Championship team including the ’63 roster and team photo recently signed by former players, images from scrapbooks kept by Royal’s wife, Edith and a collection of well-known Royalisms.

Parking Information


C Lots and the Longhorn Lots are open for parking without a permit from Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st. Lots 70, 80, and 108 are exceptions for special events such as women’s and men’s basketball at the Frank Erwin Center. Please pay attention to posted signage at the entrances of these lots on restriction dates.


A and F spaces are open for parking without a permit from Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st, including staff skeleton days during this time. Parking restrictions will remain in effect for those spaces that require a particular UT permit AT ALL TIMES. Lots 19, 23, and 118 are exceptions for special events such as women’s and men’s basketball at the Frank Erwin Center. Please pay attention to posted signage at the entrances of these lots on restriction dates.


All spaces designated for persons with disabilities will continue to be reserved for persons with disabilities only, although vehicles will only be required to display one of the following throughout this period: a state-issued disabled person placard or license plate, a university D permit, or a university TD permit.


All parking garage offices, excluding the Conference Center Garage (CCG), will be closed from Saturday, December 21st through Wednesday, January 1st.

CCG will be staffed during the entire winter break with regular CCG daily rates applying.

During this period, the Trinity Garage (TRG) will operate for special events such as men’s basketball and Disney Live at the Frank Erwin Center. Garages staffed for event parking will charge an entry fee on event days.

Otherwise outside of the event periods TRG and all other university garage gates will be open (with the exception of CCG), allowing for unrestricted garage parking.

Visit the UT Parking website for more information.