Arts in Austin
Austin's Blanton Museum of Art names new director of public programs ahead of major redesign
As the Blanton Museum of Art prepares to reveal its comprehensive redesign next spring, the museum at the University of Texas at Austin has announced a new director of public programs, Kenyon Adams.
A Senior Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College and Resident Artist at Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, Adams moved to Austin from Brooklyn in 2021. Among numerous accolades, he previously served as strategic development advisor to Fusebox Festival and as founding director of the Arts Initiative at Grace Farms and the SANAA-designed River Building in New Canaan, Connecticut. There, he developed and led public arts programming for an award-winning international institution that welcomed a variety of audiences.
“We are delighted to welcome Kenyon Adams to the Blanton,” said Blanton director Simone Wicha in a release. “He brings a wealth of experience in the arts and a proven track record of success in visionary public programming. Our new grounds have been designed to open the museum into the city, inviting people in to experience creativity and community throughout. I’m confident Kenyon will help us create programs that make the most of these beautiful new spaces, our collections, and our exhibitions—ensuring the Blanton is a vibrant and beloved destination.”
According to the release, Adams will lead the Blanton’s public programming in this new role with a goal to further strengthen the museum’s presence among its audiences here in Central Texas and beyond. The lineup will pair with the museum's already-popular events series such as Curated Conversations and SoundSpace while also inaugurating the outdoor performance spaces on the new Moody Patio. Currently under construction with a projected completion date of spring 2023, the patio will become a centerpiece of the Blanton’s revitalized grounds.
“I’m thrilled to join the Blanton during this transformational stage and lead its public programming in a reimagined space,” said Adams in the release. “The unique potential of public programs is the opportunity to activate spaces in ways that connect audiences, mission, and institutional memory. I greatly look forward to working with the team to further engage Austin’s diverse communities.”