Department of Art and Art History Facilities

Libraries, Centers, and Museums

Below are university resources that are particularly relevant and useful to students in the department.

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Libraries

Fine Arts Library
The Fine Arts Library's collections support research and instruction in the College of Fine Arts, which includes the Butler School of Music, and the Departments of Art and Art History, and Theatre and Dance. With the inclusion of the materials from the former Audio Visual Library, the FAL now serves numerous other University departments, notably those in the liberal arts which need feature films, television shows, and other audio-visual materials. The Fine Arts Library collection includes approximately 350,000 books and scores, 400 current serial subscriptions, 48,000 compact discs, 12,000 DVDs, 12,000 video cassettes and videodiscs, 6,200 reels of microfilm, 24,000 microfiche, and over 135,000 LPs.

Perry-Castañeda Library
The Perry-Castañeda Library is The University of Texas at Austin’s main research library.  It embraces all subject fields, with the strongest holdings in the humanities, social sciences, business, and education.

Benson Latin American Collection
The Benson Latin American Collection is a specialized research library focusing on materials from and about Latin America, and on materials relating to Latinos in the United States. Latin America is here defined to include Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean island nations, South America, and areas of the United States during the period they were a part of the Spanish Empire or Mexico.

Architecture and Planning Library
Containing over 100,000 volumes and subscriptions to hundreds of periodicals, the Architecture and Planning Library's collection supports the curriculum of the School of Architecture. The library also serves the academic and research needs of scholars in the disciplines of art history and American studies, and is an important resource for architecture and planning professionals.

Centers

Harry Ransom Center
The Harry Ransom Center advances the study of the arts and humanities by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible original cultural materials. With extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and the performing arts, the Center supports research through symposia and fellowships and provides education and enrichment for scholars, students, and the public through exhibitions and programs.

University Co-op Materials Resource Center
The University Co-op Materials Resource Center maintains one of the largest and most comprehensive material collections of its kind at any college or university in the country, if not the world. Currently, the collection stands at 27,000+ material samples and corresponding product literature (manufacturer catalogues, brochures, multimedia, etc.). It mainly consists of traditional building construction materials; however, the collection strives to be reflective of the current building and design market and has a particular focus on smart, innovative, emerging and sustainable design materials and technologies.

Museums and Programs

Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has 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 paintings, an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.

Landmarks
Landmarks is the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. It was launched in 2008 after the university adopted a comprehensive public art policy with ongoing support for the acquisition of public art. Landmarks was created to facilitate the complex process of developing a campus public art collection that complements building projects, supports broader university-wide priorities, and conforms to the Public Art Master Plan. The program applies a curatorial perspective to the development of a cohesive collection of public art for the university’s main campus.