INSIGHTS with Margo Sawyer

The INSIGHTS series brings artists and curators to the UMLAUF to discuss their practice. For the next installment on Wednesday, May 28, at 7pm Margo Sawyer will speak about her artistic process. Margo Sawyer will be honored as Garden Party’s featured artist.

Garden Party

Austin’s favorite springtime event, the Garden Party, is celebrating its 16th Anniversary and we invite you to join us for this grand affair on Thursday, April 24, 2014! Honorary Chair Will Meredith, Event Chair Emily Pratte and Co-Chair Ashley Holt are planning an unforgettable evening in the sculpture garden and you won’t want to miss what Featured Artist Margo Sawyer, plans to unveil!

Individual Tickets: $150   Museum Members: $125

Rain or Shine Event!

2014 Garden Party Sponsor packages start as low as $500 for valet parking privileges, VIP party benefits, and more! Become a sponsor online by clicking the link above. Call us at 512.445.5582, ext. 102, or contact us for all your Garden Party needs at

Fine Food & Wine

More than twenty of Austin’s best restaurants serve delectable samplings of their cuisine, paired with complementing wines generously selected by Twin Liquors.

Unique Auction Treasures

Our curated auction full of one-of-a-kind items from Austin’s own luminaries features original pieces of art, eclectic items, and specialty services from local businesses, proceeds all benefiting the Umlauf. Big ticket items from previous years included a personal voicemail message recording by Willie Nelson and a Texas Legends Autographed Guitar.

Garden Party proceeds benefit the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum’s education programs and long-term garden restoration project.

Past proceeds have enabled us to offer:

  • Free admission to all public school groups
  • Arts-in-education community programming through workshops, lectures & camps
  • Touch-tours for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Special needs tours for Helping Hands, Texas Youth Commission, Club Latinitas, and other at-risk youth service organizations
  • Support for fully realizing the Umlauf family’s gift of the home & original studio by connecting both properties with full accessibility
Check out photos from last year’s fabulous Garden Party via Society Diaries


Summer Camp at the UMLAUF is finally here! Extraordinary art adventure in the great outdoors!
Our four-day camps in June and July are specially designed for children in 3rd- 5th grade
(morning sessions) and Middle School (afternoon session). Choose a range of activities
from claymation and puppet making to drawing in nature and exploring 3D!
All Supplies Included

Click Here for a full listing of activities and dates. Visit our Summer Camp page to enroll today!

$175 general registration
*Museum Members receive $25 off enrollment!

Celebrate Spring at Family First Sunday May 4

Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, four to fourteen years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities.

Full Schedule of Events:

12:30 Yoga for all ages with Leti Alvarez

1:00 Story Time

2:00 TSOS Sculpture Demonstration

2:30 Performance by Pollyanna Theatre Company, Plus and Minus: The Vacation Adventure

*All day – fun activities and games including Ultimate Hopscotch and Papel Picado

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.

ATX LASER: Where Art Meets Science

UMLAUF celebrates the intersection of art and science in the second ATX LASER (Austin – Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) event on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Welcoming innovators of all types: artists, scientists, curators, scholars, engineers, designers, and educators, to participate, ATX LASER provides an opportune environment for progressive thought leaders to form a community and explore the intersections of interdisciplinary thinking.

This session will feature four guest speakers: Hayley Gillespie, founder of Art.Science.Gallery; Joe Hanson, Ph.D. biologist and host/writer of PBS Digital Studios’ “It’s Okay To Be Smart;” Brian Newnan, photographer and 3-D printing artist; and Jill Fantauzza, assistant professor of communication design at Texas State University.

Following the speaker presentations, an open discussion will commence where participation is welcomed and encouraged from all attendees.

In partnership with the nonprofit Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST), ATX LASER was conceived by J.D. Talasek, UMLAUF scholar-in-residence. Talasek is Director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and the founder of the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) program. His co-organizers for ATX LASER are Katie Robinson Edwards, PhD., UMLAUF Curator, and Diane Sikes, UMLAUF Director of Programs.

ATX LASER sessions are free and open to the public. Future sessions will be held on Tuesdays, September 16, and November 18, 2014.

Eventbrite - ATX LASER

Intro to Drawing for the “Artist at Heart”

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the gardens during this six-week introductory studio course that teaches drawing fundamentals for adults. Explore a range of drawing techniques including line, gesture, and shading. Structured guidance, discussions of work, and lots of encouragement, strengthen your technical drawing skills and deepen your personal creative expression.

Thursdays, February 6 – March 13, 2014

10:00 – 11:45 AM

$150 members

$175 non-members

Supplies not included.

Fill out our online form to register, for more information, contact

Instructor bio: Jane Hill has an MFA from Pratt Institute of Art and has taught drawing to adults for years at the Maryland Institute College of Art, The University of New Orleans, and at many other art venues. A recipient of several artist grants and awards, Hill has created a range of specialized adult art courses targeting specific drawing challenges. She specializes in working with new or returning adult artists, helping them overcome fear of drawing while rapidly improving their skills. A sculptor and avid drawer in her own personal work, Hill is a grant recipient from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a former Artist in Residence at Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods, and the Watershed Center of Ceramic Arts. Jane is currently completing an artist fellowship in the Austin area. Learn more and view Jane’s work at

Warm Up Your Weekend at Family Day

Family Days offer a special, hands-on program designed for families with children, four to fifteen years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the UMLAUF collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative activities.

January’s Family First Sunday will feature stamp and stencil calendars, drawing in the garden, and a range of fun activities:

12:30pm Yoga for all Ages

1:30pm BookPeople story time

2:00pm Sculpture demonstration with Texas Society of Sculptors‘ Dar Richardson - ”Art is best when you don’t know what you’re doing”

3:00pm Performance courtesy of Hideout Theater

January 5th 12-4pm FREE and Open to the Public

Family First Sundays are generously sponsored by C. Lane Prickett Attourney at Law

New UMLAUF Curator Adds to Museum’s Era of Change

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum Executive Director Nina Seely is pleased to announce Katie Robinson Edwards, Ph.D., as its new Curator. “We are delighted to welcome Katie to the UMLAUF. We were looking for an individual with a wealth of experience in modern and contemporary art, add to that Katie’s creativity and passion, and we have a winning combination.  We know the UMLAUF is poised for success” Edwards joins the dynamic UMLAUF staff to implement new exhibition programming and care for the valuable collection of Umlauf’s works. Edwards will engage in a multi-year effort to organize in-house and traveling exhibitions from the permanent collection and collaborate with other institutions and guest curators to develop visiting exhibitions of contemporary sculpture. Edwards will also be responsible for leading initiatives to restore the artist’s adjacent home and studio, expanding physical and electronic access to the collection during the Museum’s exciting campaign of growth.  She replaces longtime Museum Director & Curator Nelie Plourde, who is retiring after leading the UMLAUF for more than twenty-one years.

For the past five years, Edwards has been the Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art for the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor University.  With a forthcoming book Midcentury Modern Art in Texas, a dissertation on Jackson Pollock, and as the former research assistant for Mary Lynn Kotz’s Rauschenberg: Art and Life, her scholarship and experience dovetail with the Umlauf’s history and mission.  In addition to working on exhibitions of contemporary art at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art, she co-curated the nationally circulating exhibition, Advancing Tradition: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press, displaying innovative prints by more than forty artists, including Trenton Doyle Hancock, Luis Jiménez, and James Surls.

“I am thrilled to join this energetic and inspired staff. The acres of gardens here hold so many personal associations for Austinites. We have exciting plans and a lot of hard work ahead of us,” says Edwards.

The UMLAUF will enhance its founding mission of providing educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture and to display the work of Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) and other contemporary sculptors. With the passing of the sculptor’s widow Angeline Umlauf in 2012, work has begun to restore the home and studio and connect them to become an integral and accessible part of the museum.