Landmarks

Landmarks is the award-winning public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. Its collection of forty modern and contemporary works of art includes commissions from some of the most admired and promising artist of our time. By bringing great art to the main campus, Landmarks enriches the lives of students and visitors, engaging thousands of people every day.

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Press Highlights

UT's Public Arts Program Debuts an Ambitious New Project
Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle, 27 January 2017
The more one learns about O N E E V E R Y O N E, the more it seems a natural extension of what Landmarks has always done: utilize art to spark and engage public spaces on UT's campus. Bober doesn't disagree: "You can look at this as a continuation of exactly what we set out to do: to provide great works of art that are of a really high quality, that are accessible to everyone, that are free. It's like another step forward – another giant step forward."

6 Unbelievable Public Art Pieces at The University of Texas
Kelli McDonald, The Austinot, 23 June 2015
The University of Texas campus contains a large community. For those who don’t have a direct connection to this part of town, it can be daunting to navigate or even considered an area to avoid. For art lovers, this is a huge mistake.

STREET ART: Outdoor Public Sculpture for the UT Campus
Erika Huddleston, aether magazine, 01 April 2015
“Here was this petite woman with a walkie talkie and a loud voice directing workers hoisting canoes and row boats,” recalls Andrée Bober, Founding Director of the UT Landmarks public art program, which curates and manages the UT collection. Bober says, “The crane would put the boat in place and then the cherrypicker moved in with her crew. Nancy has this explosive artistic vision. It takes strength and stamina to spend three weeks directing 16,000 pounds of metal assembled from 70 fishing boats, cable wire, and support armature.“

Building Landmarks
Andrew Roush, The Alcalde, March-April 2015
It’s 4:30 p.m. on a lip-chappingly cold Wednesday during the intersession, and campus is dead. The normally bustling stretch of Speedway between 21st Street and Dean Keaton is deserted, so there’s no one to gawk at the jumbled pile of canoes, kayaks, and other small watercraft that is washed up in front of the Norman Hackerman Building on 24th Street.

Landmarks project transforming UT’s campus into an all-access open air gallery
Michael Graupmann, CultureMap Austin, 03 July 2012
Whether you're a regular purveyor of fine art or just curious to unpack the hidden secrets our city holds, the Landmarks project is a free hidden gem in the heart of Austin.

Marking the Land
Matt Fajkus, Texas Architect, March-April 2012
Perhaps the most success aspect of Landmarks is the variety of artworks on display, as well as the diversity of contextual relationships established in carefully placing each piece in an architectural setting. Landmarks, under the skillful direction of Andrée Bober, has selected fitting--and sometimes surprising--locations for particular sculptures.

Works of Art
Rebecca Fontenot, The Alcalde, Jan-Feb 2011
At a university whose main building was once one of its few iconic images and where mayn statues depict 19th-century way heroes, a public-art program has emerged that is changing the face of campus. In the past two years Landmarks has peppered the Forty Acres with thoughtfully places sculptures, giving students daily interactions with art and new campus landmarks to remember.

Modern and contemporary sculptures bring creative energy to campus in Landmarks public art
UT News, 22 September 2008
They arrived on campus from New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art last month on flatbed trucks and tractor trailers: several towering giants of steel, iron and metal; a triad of tall, stately whip-thin spires; two carved, organic pieces, full of motion in black walnut and cherry wood. Seventeen sculptures (with 11 more arriving in January 2009) by some of the greatest artists of the mid-to-late 20th century were brought to campus through a new public art program called Landmarks at The University of Texas at Austin.

Interview: Andrée Bober, Landmarks Public Art Program
Claire Ruud, ...might be good, 22 August 2008
Last week in the Life Science Library, while her team installed a piece from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's loan to The Univeristy of Texas at Austin, Andrée Bober, Director of Landmarks, talked with ...might be good about the role of the public art program on this university's campus. During our conversation, I learned, disappointingly but not unexpectedly, that UT Austin will be assembling a rather conservative public art collection.

Texas Sculpture Loan
Carol Vogel, The New York Times, 1 August 2008
With the help of the Met, the 360-acre main campus at the University of Texas, Austin, is poised to become a destination for modern sculpture. Rather than let them languish in storage, the museum is lending the university 28 pieces by artists like Beverly Pepper, Tony Smith and Louise Bourgeois.

Awards

2016

CODAawards, Winner, Public Spaces for James Turrell, The Color Inside.
Austin Critics Table Awards, Nomination, Work of Art: Installation for Michael Ray Charles, (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations.

2015

Best of Austin, The Austin Chronicle, Best New Public Sculpture for Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Austin.
Best of Austin, The Austin Chronicle, Best Zen Inducing Art Installation, for James Turrell, The Color Inside.
CODAvideo Awards, Winner, Concept for Casey Reas, A Mathematical Theory of Communication.
Austin Critics Table Awards, Flight of Fancy Special Citation Award for Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Austin.
CODAvideo Awards, Top 100 for Sol LeWitt, Circle with Towers and Wall Drawing #520.
CODAawards, Merit Winner, Public Spaces for Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Austin.
CODAvideo Awards, Top 100 for Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Austin.
CODAvideo Awards, Top 100 for James Turrell, The Color Inside.
Communicator Awards, Winner, Gold, Websites - Art for Landmarks Website.
Horizon Interactive Awards, Winner, Gold, Websites - School/University for Landmarks Website.
W3 Awards, Winner, Gold, Cultural Institutions for Landmarks Website.
Communicator Awards, Winner, Silver, Websites - Cultural Institution for Landmarks Website.
Davey Awards, Winner, Silver, Websites - Cultural Institution for Landmarks Website.
Davey Awards, Winner, Silver, Websites - Schools/Universities for Landmarks Website.
W3 Awards, Winner, Silver, School/University for Landmarks Website.

2014

Public Art Network Year in Review, Americans for the Arts, Winner for Casey Reas, A Mathemetical Theory of Communication.

2013

Best of Austin, The Austin Chronicle, Best Visionary Change on the 40 Acres for Landmarks.
Public Art Network Year in Review, Americans for the Arts, Winner for James Turrell, The Color Inside.
Public Art Network Year in Review, Americans for the Arts, Winner for Ben Rubin, And That's The Way It Is.
CODAawards, Winner, Public Spaces for Ben Rubin, And That's The Way It Is.

2011

Austin Critics Table Awards, Nomination, Work of Art: Independent or Public Project, David Ellis, Animal.

2009

Interactive Media Awards, Best in Class, Arts/Culture for Landmarks Website.

 

Background

Landmarks is the award-winning public art program of The University of Texas at Austin, and one of the most important public art programs at an American university. Its collection of 40 modern and contemporary works are by some of the most prominent and promising artists of our time. Presented throughout the 433-acre main campus are pieces by Michael Ray Charles, Mark di Suvero, Sol LeWitt, Marc Quinn, Casey Reas, Ben Rubin, Nancy Rubins, and James Turrell. A project by Ann Hamilton will be unveiled in 2017 at the university’s Dell Medical School. Founding director Andrée Bober curates the collection and oversees a vibrant range of programs that support scholarship and learning.

Landmarks launched in 2008 when it secured the historic, ongoing loan of 28 modern and contemporary sculptures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Displayed across campus, the group includes major works by Louise Bourgeois, Beverly Pepper, Tony Smith, and Ursula von Rydingsvard, among others. By demonstrating significant art historical trends from the second half of the twentieth century, the sculptures provide primary material for the study of visual art while enhancing the campus landscape.

In 2010, Landmarks Video began screening influential video art from the past five decades in a series that features a different artist every month. A few highlights include videos by Marina Abramović and Charles Atlas, John Baldesarri, Patty Chang, David Ellis, Cao Fei, Kate Gilmore, Ana Mendieta, Kent Monkman, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Markus Schinwald, and Richard Serra. Each presentation is accompanied by original scholarship and many titles are made available at the university’s Fine Arts Library.

A significant program that fosters learning through conservation is the Landmarks Preservation Guild. It provides opportunities for student volunteers to learn the basics of object conservation, including how to examine, monitor, and maintain works of art. Students receive specialized training from conservators and apply their lessons to preserve the collection. The Landmarks Preservation Guild is the only known program of its kind in the United States. 

Broadly accessible and free to all, Landmarks provides opportunities for students and visitors to engage with outstanding works of public art. Visitors learn about the collection from essays, bibliographies, maps, children’s activity guides, and videos. A range of free public tours are also available, from self-guided audio tours to walking and bike tours led by trained student docents.

Landmarks’ acquisitions are funded through a percent-for-art program for building projects on campus, ensuring the continued growth of the collection.  Placements are guided by a Public Art Master Plan developed with Peter Walker Partners Landscape Architects and works are chosen according to selection criteria which include historical and artistic merit.

By bringing great art to The University of Texas at Austin, Landmarks enriches the lives of students and visitors, engaging thousands of people every day.

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Landmarks

The University of Texas at Austin
College of Fine Arts
2305 Trinity St., PAC 3.204
Austin, TX 78712
landmarks@austin.utexas.edu
512.495.4315

Press Office

Nick Nobel, External Affairs Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin
College of Fine Arts
2305 Trinity St., PAC 3.204
Austin, TX 78712
nobel@utexas.edu
512.232.5904