Shanie Tomassini is the winner of this year’s Umlauf Prize, an award granted to a University of Texas graduate student in studio art.
The prize comes with a solo exhibition at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. “Slippery Clump” runs Sept. 6 through Nov. 4, and will feature Tomassini’s oversized sculptures, fountains and negative-space forms installed throughout Umlauf’s six-acre site. A full-color exhibition brochure, with an essay by UT professor Amy Hauft, will be available.
Tomassini is currently pursuing a MFA in sculpture at UT. Originally from Canada, she received her BFA in 2014 from the University of Quebec in Montreal where she specialized in sculpture and mold-making.
Fort Worth area artist Sedrick Huckaby was the juror of this year’s award. Said Huckaby: “By marrying thick, palpable, abstract structures created from diverse materials with interesting ideas of algorithms and inverse forms, Shanie’s work shows a brilliance and uniqueness that needs a larger platform.”