Umlauf Museum expands scope of annual prize

Shanie Tomassini sculpture
2018 Umlauf Prize winner Shanie Tomassin's “Janus Genius,” installed on the grounds the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Photo by Tim Graves

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is expanding the scope of its annual Umlauf Prize.

Beginning this year, entry is open to any emerging artist from the greater Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

Applicants must be within five years of having earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in art, or within the first five years of having a dedicated practice as an artist. Artists working any media may apply.

Jurors for the prize are artist Deborah Roberts, Big Medium executive director Shea Little, Umlauf Museum director Sarah Story, and Umlauf curator Katie Robinson Edwards.

Last year’s winner was Shanie Tomissini. 

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Previously, the Umlauf Prize, which launched in 2004, was open only to graduate art students in the University of Texas. The prize comes with a solo exhibition at the museum, a catalog of the exhibition and a $500 cash prize.

Opened in 1991, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden + Museum is named for longtime University of Texas at Austin art professor, Charles Umlauf (1910-1994). Umlauf’s work acknowledged his artistic forbears while presenting new approaches that looked toward the future.

Applications are due May 15. Entry fee is $25.  For more information see umlaufsculpture.org/umlauf-prize-expanded-call-for-arti

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