The arts have flourished at UT, benefiting not only students but everyone who enjoys and appreciates a diverse offering of music, theater, dance, and visual art.
The Butler School of Music, named early in the campaign for generous longtime benefactors Ernest and Sarah Butler, has risen steadily in stature, joining the elite company of top music schools and conservatories. Texas Performing Arts also has grown and prospered, offering new initiatives like the Student Ticket Fund, which enables students to attend eclectic world-class performances at low cost.
Enhancing the offerings of the Blanton Museum of Art are donations that provide opportunities for students, faculty and art historians. Among those donations is Judy and Charles Tate’s gift of Latin American art and curatorship funds, which will help cement the Blanton’s reputation as one of the country’s best museums for Latin American art. At the new Visual Arts Center, vital support has allowed for dynamic contemporary art exhibitions and hands-on educational experiences through artist visits and panels.
The humanities are also thriving. Donations to the Harry Ransom Center include the celebrated Magnum Photos Collection, while treasures entrusted to the Briscoe Center for American History have helped solidify its standing as a research center with few peers.
If history is a laboratory through which we can analyze human behavior, then UT’s remarkable archives and collections are instruments by which we can better examine the people, places, events and ideas that have shaped who we are.