If you have a day:
10 a.m. | Visit The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria
3809 West 35th Street
Driscoll Villa: Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Grounds: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
While this major contemporary art museum also has a site in downtown Austin, the museum began at Laguna Gloria, the former home of founder Clara Driscoll—an idyllic 14-acre lakeside estate, which is also a national landmark. Exhibitions and a permanent collection are spread across the property, from the villa where Driscoll lived to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park.
1 p.m. | Check out Women & Their Work
1710 Lavaca Street
Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. 12–5 p.m.
As the name suggests, Women & Their Work is a destination for seeing work by female artists. The organization is known for showing and promoting female artists through an active calendar of exhibitions, performances, panels, and educational programs for youth.
The University of Texas at Austin, 200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 1–5 p.m.
Spend the afternoon at UT Austin, beginning with the Blanton and its significant collection of Latin American art, which was once the largest of its kind in the U.S. (Blanton was the first U.S. institution to appoint a curator of Latin American art). Also look out for the Old Master paintings and the contemporary American collection, as well as temporary exhibitions.
5:30 | Explore the LANDMARKS Public Art Program
The University of Texas at Austin
Take a walk around the UT Austin campus and you’ll find works by
—among other artists whose works are installed outdoors and within academic buildings. Use their map
to plan out your route. Turrell fans should head to The Color Inside
(2013) skyspace. (You can make a reservation
to experience the work at sunset.)