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Blanton Museum of Art Meets Fundraising Challenge for Two Exhibitions

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The University’s Blanton Museum of Art is pleased to announce that through an outpouring of generous gifts to the museum, the community has met a fundraising challenge issued by Austin philanthropists Teresa and Joe Long.

The effort was in support of the exhibitions Matisse as Printmaker, now on view, and Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from The Walters Art Museum, opening October 2. In April 2009, the Longs challenged the museum to raise $200,000 to help underwrite the costs to bring the two exhibitions to Austin. The couple pledged to give an additional $100,000 of their own once the goal was met.

Teresa and Joe Long at the Blanton Museum

To date, 246 museum members and other donors have contributed $232,701, a testament to the community’s shared belief in the vital role of the visual arts and arts education. “The outpouring of support from the community not only shows their interest in and hunger for good art,” Joe Long says, “but also that even with a downturn in the economy the public is willing to support exhibitions of high quality.”

Major donors to the challenge include AT&T, Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Blanton, Sr., Leslie and Jack Blanton, Jr., the Booth Heritage Foundation, Bruce Buckley and Mrs. Vincent Buckley, Sarah and Ernest Butler, Mary Ann and Larry Faulkner, the Elva J. Johnston Foundation, Audre and Bernard Rapoport, RBC Wealth Management, the William A. and Madeline W. Smith Foundation, Eliza and Stuart Stedman, and Carolyn and John H. Young. The Blanton continues to seek much-needed additional support for Turner to Monet to meet the high costs of bringing this world-class exhibition to Austin.

Matisse as Printmaker and Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from The Walters Art Museum present unique opportunities for students and visitors to study and enjoy original works by masters including Matisse, Degas, Manet, Turner, Delacroix, and other artists rarely exhibited in this area. Nineteenth-century painting, the focus of Turner to Monet, is an area of particular focus in the Longs’ own art collection. The challenge provided the perfect opportunity to share their passion for this genre with Austin.

Speaking to the broader importance of supporting the arts, Joe Long says, “We believe it is only in excellence in the arts that we will become a great city and a great university.”

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