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UMLAUF Prize Expanded 




The UMLAUF Prize Expanded is a juried solo exhibition and cash prize awarded to an emerging artist in any media from the Greater Austin area. The organizing institution is the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum (opened 1991), 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. In that spirit, the UMLAUF Prize celebrates emerging artists from the Greater Austin area. The Prizewinner will prepare work and hold a solo exhibition at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum in Austin, Texas from Nov 2019-Jan 2020.


Background: Since 2004, the UMLAUF Prize has honored a top MFA student from UT Austin. Now in its 15th year, the Prize will expand to allow submissions from emerging artists in the Greater Austin area.  


Timeline and Process:

April 25 – May 20:          Applicants submit via online Entrythingy.

                                       Entry fee is $25.00 per application.

May - June:                     Panel of 4 jurors review submissions

June 25:                          Prizewinner announced    

July-Oct:                         Prizewinner works with UMLAUF to develop exhibition

Nov:                               UMLAUF Prize Expanded opens late November 2019




Eligibility: Applicants must be residents of or students in the Greater Austin area on May 1, 2019.  Greater Austin is the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. Applicants must be within 5 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. Direct questions regarding eligibility to


Application:  1. All applications must be submitted via Entrythingy.

2. The application fee is $25.00. Required: Letter of Interest or Statement of Purpose describing the artist’s practice and qualification; C.V. or Vita including publications/references/ exhibitions/education; up to 10 images; brief synopsis of plan for exhibition at UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum, describing content/goal of exhibition.


The 2019 UMLAUF Prize Expanded Jurors:

  1.  Deborah Roberts, artist

Mixed media artist who lives and works in Austin, Texas. Her work has been exhibited internationally across the USA and Europe and is in the collections of Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles, California; Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey; and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York. Roberts is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2016) and Ginsburg-Klaus Award Fellowship (2014). She earned her MFA from Syracuse University, New York, and is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. 

  2. Shea Little, artist

Little co-founded Big Medium, the East Austin Studio Tour, West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and Cantanker Magazine. He has exhibited throughout the state both as an individual artist and also as part of a three person collective called Sodalitas. Little earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts NYC.

  3. Sarah Story, UMLAUF Executive Director

Story has led the UMLAUF since 2018. Previously she was Deputy Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. She studied painting at the University of Mississippi before obtaining her MA in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans.

  4. Katie Robinson Edwards, UMLAUF Curator

Edwards has been at the UMLAUF since 2013 and is the author of Midcentury Modern Art in Texas (UT Press, 2014). Previously she was Assistant Professor of Art History at Baylor University. She earned her MA and PhD from UT Austin and BA from Occidental College. 


  1. The artist applicant may not have a direct connection (familial or via employment) to any of the Jurors. If such a connection is found to exist, the applicant will be notified of her/his ineligibility for that year’s Prize but is encouraged to apply in the future.

  2. The artist applicant must submit the $25.00 entry fee through the application portal. [Note: Current University of Texas at Austin students are eligible for a waived fee.] The entry fee is $25 regardless of how many images are submitted, up to 10 images. Entry fee is non-refundable.

  3. All entries must represent the original work of the artist.

  4. The call for entries closes 11:59 PM in Central Time Zone (Denver, CO, USA) on May 15, 2019.

  5. Collaborative or group projects are welcome, but must be entered under the name of collaborative group with contact information listed for all participants.

  6. Prizewinner must attend the November 2019 opening reception.

  7. Runners up will be selected and notified.


Prizewinner Responsibilities:

  1. Read and understand the guidelines for the UMLAUF Prize.

  2. Create original work for an UMLAUF Prize Expanded exhibition to be held at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum; already existing works may be included at the discretion of the Museum.  

  3. Work closely with the Museum regarding budget, deadlines, and installation. 

  4. Attend an in-person meeting with the Museum within 1 month of the announcement of the Prizewinner.

  5. Museum shall provide relevant budget figures for materials, transportation and installation to the Prizewinner.

  6. Prizewinner shall work within Museum budget and maintain records for costs incurred for which she/he expects reimbursement.

  7. Prizewinner shall prepare an artist’s statement for publication and submit it to the UMLAUF Curator and the UMLAUF Director of Programs to meet mutually agreed upon deadlines.

  8. Prizewinner will attend opening reception.

  9. Prizewinner shall participate in UMLAUF Sculpture Garden+ Museum programming and promotion, which may include, but is not limited to interviews, meetings with UMLAUF volunteers/staff, an artist’s talk and/or an opening reception. 

  10. Prizewinner may be asked to conduct a workshop that is open to the public.


*The mission of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is to exhibit the work of Charles Umlauf, his influences, and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting and provide educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture.*


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