UMLAUF Announces New Executive Director

Community leader Nina Seely has been named the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum’s new Executive Director as the Umlauf expands upon the mission and vision of Charles Umlauf to include the family home and studio of the noted sculptor. Nelie Plourde, who held the Executive Director/Curator position for the museum’s first 21 years, will continue as curator.

Seely has been a part of the growth of Austin for many years;  drawing on her various corporate  and personal relationships to benefit non-profit community organizations and causes. “I’m honored to join the UMLAUF team at this time and look forward to helping the museum fulfill its enormous responsibilities during this amazing and challenging period of growth,” she said.

As the former General Manager of Ralph Lauren at The Domain, Seely organized many key in-store events, generating over a million dollars in corporate and individual donations to the non-profit community.  Over the last 20 years,  she has been a passionate and effective advocate for the arts, health care, education, literacy, young women and a variety of causes important to Austin. Throughout her career she has served on the boards of numerous organizations, which to date have had a major impact on Central Texas’ culture and community. Seely has also founded several successful nonprofit organizations, using her innovative style of management to develop unique public/private strategic partnerships. She is currently the co-owner of family-run Trento Italian restaurant in Westlake.

Plourde will focus on the museum’s collection and exhibits and will be intricately involved in the restoration of the Umlauf home and studio. “This is the second most exciting time in the Umlauf’s history and all of us cannot wait to get started on this challenging second chapter. I am especially delighted that after 21 years I can finally focus on what I love most: Umlauf’s work,” Plourde said.

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum provides a peaceful breathing space close to downtown and an opportunity to unwind in nature, amidst the largest collection of works by famed sculptor and educator Charles Umlauf. You can join the UMLAUF and be a part of these exciting developments by becoming a member today! Lock in your 2013 Museum Membership at the discounted 2012 Membership Rate until 1/31/2013.

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