Explore the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

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Do you want to spend a fun-filled day learning about art?

If so, head to the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum.

Known as a natural oasis in the city’s south side, it showcases the work of 20th-century American artist Charles Umlauf and each season shows of his creations in a different way.

About Charles Umlauf

Charles Umlauf was born in 1910 on a farm outside of South Haven, Michigan. Eight years later, his family moved to Chicago where his teacher recognized his artistic ability and helped him earn scholarships to the Art Institute of Chicago during the summer months.

In 1937, Charles married a fellow Art Institute student, and they moved to Austin after he accepted a job teaching life drawing and sculpting at the University of Texas.

Charles used different materials in his work including exotic wood and terra cotta, and his sculptures range from haunting expressionism to lyrical abstraction. Today, there are more Umlauf sculptures on display throughout the state than there are works by any other single sculptor.

As visitors explore the museum, they can see his whimsical animals, mythological figures, and more.

James Surls: Without, Within (on view through August 18th)

The museum also highlights the works of other artists, and this is James Surls’ first solo exhibition in Austin. He’s known as one of the country’s preeminent sculptors and is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and almost every major museum in Texas.

UMLAUF After Dark

UMLAUF After Dark is an exciting monthly event that takes place after the museum closes. The cost is just five dollars, and the evening features live music, art activities, signature cocktails, and delicious food from the Texas Chili Queens.

If you would like to live near the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, please contact us. We’d love to show you firsthand all Cole Apartments has to offer.

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