Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is a natural oasis in South Austin dedicated to the work of 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf. Every season shows off our art in a different way, allowing new perspective on the sculptures.

Art Framed by Nature:
The Umlauf is the perfect place for visitors of all ages to get comfortable with sculpture and with museums, especially if traditional museum rules make you nervous (No touching! Be quiet!). Outside in the xeriscape garden you can walk all the way around the art. The bronze sculptures have been specially coated with wax, making us the largest “touchable” outdoor collection in Texas. Tour the garden with a docent or use a self-guided tour booklet to go through the garden with your family and friends. During your visit, you can help your children find the pieces on their Sculpture Safari Scavenger Hunts, learn to make your own sculptures at a workshop, or watch artists sketch in the garden. Come sit and enjoy expansive views while listening to the birds and the waterfall, or simply savor a single sculpture.

Upcoming Events

May 4, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Family Day

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. Listen to stories read by BookPeople, do yoga in the garden, hear live music and MUCH, MUCH MORE! Visit Sunday, May 4, 12-4 pm for the next family event featuring Yoga for all ages (12:30pm), Story Time (1pm), live sculpture demonstration (1:30pm), a performance by Pollyanna Theatre CompanyPlus and Minus: The Vacation Adventure (2pm), Ultimate Hopscotch (all day), and Papel Picado(all day)! FREE Admission.

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May 20, 2014 | 7:00 PM

ATX Laser

UMLAUF celebrates the intersection of art and science in the second ATX LASER (Austin – Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous). 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.

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June 16, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Summer Camp-Wonders of the Natural World

Summer Camp UMLAUF Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis! Let's use our observational skills to explore nature during Wonders of the Natural World. Come work outside and in the classroom focusing on different painting and drawing techniques. Utilizing still lifes, the landscape, and their imagination, students will create varied works using wet and dry media. Camp held June 16-19. 9 AM- Noon. Designed for children 8-13. $150 member registration/ $175 general registration. All supplies included.

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June 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Summer Camp – Drawing from Sculpture

Observational drawing is an essential skill for any artist. Throughout history artists have developed their observational and compositional expertise while drawing  from sculptures. Come take part in this historical practice through enhancing these skills for yourself  during the camp, Drawing From Sculpture. Create portfolio worthy work using charcoal pencil on hand toned paper while drawing from works by acclaimed sculptors. Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis! Camp held June 16-19. 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM. Designed for children 8-13. $150 member registration/ $175 general registration. All supplies included.

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June 23, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Summer Camp – Building, Forming and Exploring 3-D

Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis!Explore sculpting while experimenting with a variety of materials and subjects. Materials include, but are not limited to; wire, paper, and air dry clay. We will begin with exploring each material and seeing what we can do with it, and then begin constructing our original works during camp, Building, Forming and Exploring 3-D. Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis! Camp held June 16-19. 9 AM- Noon or 1 PM- 4 PM. Designed for children 8-13. $150 member registration/ $175 general registration. All supplies included.

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June 23, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Summer Camp – Building, Forming and Exploring 3-D

Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis!Explore sculpting while experimenting with a variety of materials and subjects. Materials include, but are not limited to; wire, paper, and air dry clay. We will begin with exploring each material and seeing what we can do with it, and then begin constructing our original works during camp, Building, Forming and Exploring 3-D. Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis! Camp held June 23-26. 9 AM- Noon or 1 PM- 4 PM. Designed for children 8-13. $150 member registration/ $175 general registration. All supplies included.

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July 7, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Summer Camp – Storytelling & Puppet Making

Summer Camp UMLAUF Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis! Discover types of puppets from around the world, and then learn how to create a puppet from start to finish! Our class will explore techniques of designing puppets, making technical drawings, constructing, painting, and assembling our playful characters. Camp held July 7-10. 9 AM- Noon. Designed for children 8-13. $150 member registration/ $175 general registration. All supplies included.  

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July 7, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Summer Camp – Storytelling & Marionettes

Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis! Discover types of puppets from around the world, and then learn how to create our own marionettes from start to finish. Our class will explore techniques of designing characters, making technical drawings, constructing, painting, and assembling our marionettes. Camp held July 7-10. 1:00 PM - 4 PM. Designed for children 8-13. $150 member registration/ $175 general registration. All supplies included.

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July 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Summer Camp – Wonders of the Natural World

Summer Camp at the UMLAUF offers an extraordinary art adventure in a natural oasis! Let's use our observational skills to explore nature during Wonders of the Natural World. Come work outside and in the classroom focusing on different painting and drawing techniques. Utilizing still lifes, the landscape, and their imagination, students will create varied works using wet and dry media. Camp held July 14-17. 9 AM- Noon or 1 PM- 4PM. Designed for children 8-13. $150 member registration/ $175 general registration. All supplies included.

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July 14, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Summer Camp- Wonders of the Natural World

Use uour observational skills to explore nature during Wonders of the Natural World. Come work outside and in the classroom focusing on different painting and drawing techniques. Utilizing still lifes, the landscape, and their imagination, students will create varied works using wet and dry media. Camp held July 14-17. 9 AM- Noon or 1 PM- 4PM. Designed for children 8-13. $150 member registration/ $175 general registration. All supplies included.

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