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Blanton Museum Receives $250,000 Gift from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas – The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has given a $250,000 gift to the Blanton Museum of Art capital campaign that will enable the museum to offer art activities to thousands of children and families throughout the year.

The gift will create the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Classroom in the Education and Visitor Pavilion of the museum, the second building of a two-building complex, which will also include a café, museum shop and 300-seat auditorium.

“This significant gift from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation supports the mission of the new Blanton to be a place where the entire Austin community will be welcome,” said museum director Jessie Otto Hite. “We are grateful to the Dells for their leadership and community vision, and for recognizing the educational impact that the Blanton will have on all of Austin’s children.”

“Art is a creative catalyst to enrich the learning experiences among children and is a valuable asset to our community,” said Susan Dell, co-founder of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. “Michael and I are proud to support the Blanton Museum of Art and help contribute to the arts in our community for children and parents alike.”

The museum has raised close to $72 million of the $83.5 million needed to complete a striking two-building complex at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue and landscaped plaza that will be a gateway into The University of Texas at Austin campus. A grand opening celebration is set for February 2006.

Blanton Museum of Art
The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country with the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The Blanton’s permanent collection of more than 17,000 works is recognized for its European Old Master paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, and an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings. Until May 2005, the Blanton is in the Art Building at 23rd and San Jacinto on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Hourly parking is available at 24th and San Jacinto. All galleries provide barrier-free access. The Blanton is open to the public and free of charge. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Monday.

For more information: 512-471-7324
www.blantonmuseum.org

For further information or images, please contact:
Sheree Scarborough
Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin
phone: 512-475-6784
fax: 512-471-7023
email: [email protected]

About the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Based in Austin, Texas, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation was established in 1999 by the Dell family to help underserved children achieve their dreams and reach their full potential. The Foundation funds programs in communities around the world that foster active minds, healthy bodies and a safe environment where children can thrive. With an endowment of more than $1 billion, the Foundation has committed more than $135 million to children’s and community initiatives to date.