Currently Closed for Installation
Reopening Friday, April 14 for the 2023 Student Exhibitions
The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a 13,000 square-foot exhibition space located within the Art Building on the UT Austin campus. The VAC includes five distinct gallery spaces located on two levels of the building. Our upper-level galleries can be accessed via stairs and elevator, both located within the VAC.
Visual Arts Center
The University of Texas at Austin
2301 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, Texas 78712
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Paid parking is available in two garages near the VAC—the San Jacinto Garage (closest) and the Manor Garage—as well as in metered spots along Dean Keaton St between San Jacinto Blvd and Red River St. All street parking on campus requires a university permit at all times.
The VAC is accessible via Austin’s public bus system. Use the Trip Planner on the CapMetro website to determine the best route and departure/arrival times.
Bikes and Scooters
Bike racks are located on the northeast corner of San Jacinto Blvd & 23rd St (aka Deloss Dodds Way). An Austin MetroBike docking station, as well as dockless scooters, can also be found at that location. The VAC may be accessed via the entrance to the Art Building at the top of the steps adjacent to the bike racks.
Please do not visit the Visual Arts Center if you or anyone in your household is sick or feeling ill.
The VAC follows the The University of Texas at Austin guidance on masking and precautionary measures related to COVID–19.
There are two women’s restrooms and two men’s restrooms on the first floor of the Art Building. One set is located on the west side of the building, by the San Jacinto lobby; the other set is located on the east side of the building, by the Art and Art History administrative suite and the Trinity Street lobby.
There are two all-gender restrooms on the second floor of the Art Building, located near the elevator.
Please refer to the maps above for restroom locations.
Exhibitions and programs at the Visual Arts Center are accessible to all visitors:
- All VAC galleries are wheelchair accessible.
Visitors can access our upper-level galleries via an elevator located at the east end of the VAC. Please ask our staff if you need assistance locating or using the elevator.
Visitors can access the Art Building entrance on San Jacinto via a ramp; a power-assisted door is installed at this entrance. A curb ramp is located on the corner of San Jacinto and 23rd streets.
Visitors can access the Art Building entrance on Trinity Street via curb ramps on either side of the Kayem arbor on Trinity.
Restrooms on the first floor of the Art Building are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can access an all-gender restroom on the second floor of the Art Building via an elevator located on the east side of the building, near the Art and Art History administrative suite.
Various parking options for visitors with disabilities are available on campus.
This map shows ADA accessible doors on campus.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific accommodation needs we should be aware of in advance of your visit.
Please email email@example.com to inquire about a guided tour for your class, group, or organization.
In addition to our updated policies surrounding COVID-19 (see above), we ask our visitors to follow the following rules throughout their visit:
- Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building, including in the courtyard.
- Backpacks, food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries; these items should be left in the cubbies by the reception desk during your visit.
- Photography is permitted in the galleries; visitors may also draw and take notes using pencils.
- Strollers are permitted in the galleries.
- Service animals are permitted in the galleries.
More to Explore
When visiting the Visual Arts Center, you may also want to consider these other campus arts destinations:
Blanton Museum of Art
Art Galleries at Black Studies
Benson Latin American Collection
Harry Ransom Center
Texas Performing Arts