UMLAUF PRIZE 2014 // Adam Crosson

Opening reception Friday, September 5, 7- 9 PM

UP 2014

In the spirit of Charles Umlauf’s passion for competition, we present the UMLAUF Prize, a juried exhibition and cash prize awarded to a University of Texas at Austin MFA student. This year, Adam Crosson, selected by 2014 Juror Suzanne Deal Booth, will present Intermodal on the UMLAUF grounds.


Meditation classes // begin September 4

Thursdays 10-11 am


Clarity. Empowerment. Well-being. Mindfulness is a tool for rediscovering of the body’s own inner intelligence. Relax in the peaceful setting of the UMLAUF. Be present in the moment. No registration required. $10 museum members/ $15 non-members

Family Day

Sunday, September 7th, 12-4 PM

Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, four to ten years old. Come explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities. The day includes yoga, story time, sculpture demos, chalk drawing and fun art activities!

Free and Open to the Public. This program is made possible through the generous support of KCL Foundation, Plains Capital Bank and C. Lane Prickett, Attorney at Law, Union Pacific.





Tuesday, September 16th, 7-9 PM

ATX Laser

Inspired by a growing interest in the intersection of art, science and technology, the UMLAUF continues the discussion in its third ATX LASER. Arthur I. Miller, historian and philosopher, argues in his book, Colliding Worlds, that artists and scientists share the same mission to “fathom the reality beyond appearances, the world invisible to our eyes.” This ATX LASER will provide an opportunity to explore the benefits of diverse perspectives on innovation in the arts and sciences lead by progressive thought leaders while building community in the Austin area for those working the fertile terrain between disciplines.

Ideas for discussion will be initiated by four guest speakers:

  • Linda Henderson is a professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.  Her work on the fourth dimension of space established the widespread popular interest in higher spatial dimensions that was central for modern artists and beyond to figures such as Robert Smithson.
  • Roger Bonnecaze is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  His diverse research interests include developing computer models and predictive tools that improve product development as well as the study of particulate systems that form nanomaterials for optical and electronic coatings.
  • Laurie Frick is a data artist exploring patterns and meaning of self-tracking, sensors, surveillance.  Using her background in engineering and high-technology she offers a glimpse into the future of human data portraits physically made and hand built as intelligent wallpaper.
  • Current exhibiting Umlauf artist Margo Sawyer whose installations translate the notion of an ancient sacred space into a contemporary vocabulary.  The artist is particularly interested in relatiosnhips between the experience of space and the experience of transcendence.

Eventbrite - ATX LASER

Insights: Sawyer & Speck

Monday, September 22nd, 7-9 PM

lawrence speck

margo sawyer for umlauf website photo reflectA rare opportunity to spend an evening with Architect Lawrence Speck and Artist Margo Sawyer amidst their stunning UMLAUF work. Speck designed our award-winning museum & terrace (1991), while Sawyer created the current site-specific sculptures, REFLECT (2014). Hear about the crucial interaction between art and architecture at the UMLAUF and in the contemporary world.

Insights are free & open to the public. Seating is limited- RSVP recommended. RSVP HERE.

REFLECT // Margo Sawyer

From May 6- October 19, Sawyer’s sculpture will fill our gallery floor, rest atop the Garden grounds, and nestle into its earth. Collectively titled REFLECT, these works bear witness each day to the passing light and the changing seasons. They also recall seasons of Sawyer’s life and career, adding a retrospective element to the exhibition.

Free Admission// Until August 31

Through the generous donations of our community during Amplify Austin, the museum and garden will waive admission fees for the Summer of 2014! From June 1 through August 31, the UMLAUF will once again be FREE to the public. We hope you will share this tremendous opportunity with your family and friends as we are proud to offer this beautiful experience to all!