YOGA at the UMLAUF is on holiday!

YOGA at the UMLAUF on a two-week break after December 20, 2014yoga under trellis

We will not have Yoga on: December 24, 26, 27, 31, January 2 or 3, 2015

Sorry for any inconvenience, we will see you next year!


Closed TUESDAY for Garden Maintenance

lotus copyThe UMLAUF is going through some big (yet necessary) changes and we will be closed to the public on Tuesday as a result. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you Wednesday!


My Great Grandparents House, by Ella Cheesar

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My great grandma’s name was Angeline Umlauf. Her maiden name was Allen and she was married to my great grandfather, Charles Umlauf. Charles passed away on November 19, 1994 from a stroke. I never met him but my mom says that he was a really talented artist who was determined to share his artwork with the world. He was also a professor at UT. Before they died, my great grandparents decided to give their land and over 150 pieces of artwork to the City of Austin. Their gift is now known Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Maybe you have been there? It’s right near Zilker Park and it is full of his artwork and now there are other art pieces made by other artists. There are always weddings and parties at the Gardens and my mom volunteers there all the time.

I have not been to the Gardens in a while, but I remember that everyone who worked there was always very happy to see us. It is a very peaceful place to go and the plants and outdoor areas are really special. My sister and I liked skipping through the Garden looking at all the sculptures, but we both usually stopped by Lotus, our favorite sculpture, of a hippo. When I was little I remember always going to the Garden and taking summer camps there and I always had a chance to talk to the class about being related to the Artist.

Their house was right up the hill from the Garden. Everything outside had a pop of color including the bronze sculptures scattered around their yard. There was a peacock named Lucy who always visited the house leaving behind a trail of patterned feathers. The fish in the pond swam around overjoyed. Next to the pond was my favorite part of the house, my great grandfather’s studio.

In his studio he made sculptures, carvings and a few paintings. Since he passed away, there have been unfinished sculptures on the shelves gathering dust. I always wondered how they would have turned out if he had had more time to finish them. I want to be able to take one and finish it on my own but with a touch of a finger, it would just crumble into dust. Underneath the shelves there is dried clay and sculpting tools stuck to the counter of the two tables that are now artifacts. Because of the clay, the whole room smells like dirt. The studio is about the size of a small house with high ceilings and lots of windows. It is right on the edge of a cliff that looks over Barton Springs Road and still has views to the Austin skyline.

Their house was always the same. In the bathroom, all of Angie’s perfumes stood up in the same direction. In their room, the bed was made with no wrinkles or lumps. In the kitchen the utensils were laid in the drawer and there was a neat cutting board that pulled out. In the living room, the art books were displayed with the spine facing out, and in the dining room the chairs were pushed in and the plates were in stacks evenly divided. My great grandma usually had fresh cut flowers or herbs on the dining room table.

They both agreed that they would donate their house and the studio to the City of Austin in their will. Now that they have both passed away, we are making the house and studio part on the Gardens so visitors can see how they both lived. I like the idea of it, but I don’t like that we cannot visit the house anymore like family or have holidays there like we used to do when my great grandma was still alive. My mom says that we will not have any special pass to get in for free. That’s OK with me because I was related to them and they were amazing people. 

-Ella Cheesar, great-granddaughter of Angeline and Charles Umlauf               

This fall, UMLAUF signed a new 100- year partnership agreement with the City of Austin granting us full management of the Umlauf home, studio, and land atop the hill over- looking the existing museum. Our first step will be to safeguard these properties while planning expansion into the entire 8 acres: parking, offices, additional gallery space,  an event/meeting space, a gift shop, and an exhibition space for new acquisitions.

A donation that supports our educational programs or a gift membership will help launch this next phase of development. Time in the Garden engages visitors with the visual arts in an environmentally creative setting. Extend the UMLAUF touch to future generations!

New Exhibition // Umlauf: Process

November 12th-January 11th


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Umlauf: Process presents a behind-the-scenes look at the lost wax casting technique Charles Umlauf used for his bronze sculptures. The exhibition features fiberglass sculptural molds never seen by the public. Supplementary studies and finished bronzes complement the sculptural molds.

INSIGHTS – Wednesday, January 7th , 6-8pm

For the INSIGHTS program, members of Atelier 3D studio will take visitors through the stages of creating a bronze sculpture, culminating in a live bronze pour at the UMLAUF.



Wednesday, December 3rd // 6:00-8:30pm

Deck the halls with a gorgeous succulent wreath that you makeJoin us for this fun, hands-on workshop where you’ll make your owlogon wreath from a wide variety of succulents while enjoying an exclusive beer tasting from  Whip-In’s Kamala Brewing. Wine will also be available. The class will be lead by artist Monique Capanelli of Articulture Designs

Bring your roommate, your significant other, or a fun friend so you can split the cost (and the wreath)! 

$45 for member

$55 for non-members

Plants, materials, and drinks are included. 


Family Day

Sunday, December 7th // 12:00-4:00pm

Join us for a spirited Family Day!

Family Day

Schedule of Events:
12:30 Yoga
1:00 Story Time
1:30 Sculpture Demo with Texas Society of Sculptors
2:30 Music from Armstrong Community Music School
All day: Holiday cards, Sculpture Safaris and MORE!

imagesCome explore the UMLAUF while enjoying a healthy menu of juices, smoothies, and granola bowls available by Juice Austin.

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.

Giving Tuesday • December 2, 2014



Patricia Morales, age 17, was an UMLAUF 2014 summer intern from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She says

I was fortunate enough to have spent my summer at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum as a summer intern through the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services – Division for Blind Services. I had a blast working closely with staff and volunteers. I gained experience with the Conservation Workshops that UMLAUF provides which give the community and UMLAUF volunteers the opportunity to assist in cleaning and waxing the sculptures.

The UMLAUF has been a big part in my life, and I hope to see more conservation workshops in the future! My internship was amazing and working with everyone at UMLAUF and knowing they supported me 100% while I was there made work very fun and educational. Their great attitudes and support helped me remember that even though I was disabled, I was still a big part of UMLAUF and I was welcomed there with open arms.

The UMLAUF has the largest touchable sculpture collection in Texas. The outdoor collection is washed and waxed, making it accessible to every visitor. We provide free tours to

•   All independent school districts students
•   Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
•   Texas School for the Deaf
•   Communities in Schools (CIS) programs
•   Other community organizations for special needs students

As you begin your holiday shopping, please consider a gift to the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum. Help us continue reaching out and touching back!

Giving Tuesday: a new tradition of generosity.


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Tuesday, November 18th // 7:00-9:30pm

ATX Laser

ATX LASER is a salon series that encourages dialogue between diverse perspectives on innovation within the art and science communities both locally and internationally.

Upcoming Series Speakers: 

-Laura Bosworth, CEO of TeVido BioTech
-Nancy Hairston, President of Van Duzen Inc.
-Craig Newswanger, CTO at Zebra Imaging Inc.
-Suzanne A. Pierce, Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Science Institute, Jackson School of Geosciences and Assistant Director, Digital Media Collaboratory, Center for Agile Technology at the University of Texas at Austin

This series is free and open to the public but space is limited. Please RSVP.

Family Day!

Sunday, November 2nd // 12-4pm


Join us for a Day of the Dead themed Family Day! 

Schedule of Events:
12:30 Yoga
1:00 Story Time
1:30 Sculpture Demo with Texas Society of Sculptors 
2:30 Inside out Steel Band
All day: Sculpture Safaris, festive skull decorating, Day of the Dead face painting, and MORE!

FREE Admission.

This event is sponsored by 


The KCL Foundation

Pumpkin Sculpting Competition!

Sunday, October 26th // 12-4pm

2013-10-28_Wild_Ethan.Oblak11161Grab a pumpkin at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and learn the tricks of the trade to carving a jack-o’-lantern from Professor Pumpkin. Win bragging rights and prizes by entering your masterpiece in the competition! Admission is free when you bring three healthy, nonperishable food items to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Feel free to bring your own carving tools but we will also have tools available here at the Garden!

This event is sponsored in part by H-E-B.





Now Open on Tuesdays!

We are happy to announce that we are open to the public one more day a week and we can’t wait to welcome new visitors this Fall!

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Hours: 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday, 12pm-4pm Saturday-Sunday

Free for members, military personnel with ID, and children 12 & under

$1 for Students

$3 for Seniors

$5 for Adults

Closed for BOTH ACL Weekends!

October 3-5 & 10-12

This year, the UMLAUF will be closed for both weekends of Austin City Limits music festival in Zilker Park! C3 is renting our parking lot out for a couple lucky folks. Normal hours of operation resume after the festival ends.

More fun information: Starting on the 14th, we will be open on TUESDAYS! Now you have one more day in the week to enjoy the UMLAUF!