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    Charles Umlauf (1907-2001)

    Charles Umlauf's sculptures range in style from realistic and abstract expressionism to lyrical abstraction. His influences include Rodin, Henry Moore and Jacques Lipschitz. He was born in South Haven Michigan in 1911 of German immigrant parents and studied at the Chicago School of Sculpture and the Chicago Art Institute. He worked at numerous jobs in Chicago including the Federal Art Project for which he did sculpture commissions for public buildings. He moved to Austin Texas in 1941 with his family where he taught for 40 years in the Art Department of the University of Texas. From 1960 until 1991 he personally supervised the casting of his sculptures in various foundries in Italy. Charles Umlauf died in 1994. His sculptures are to be found in churches, at numerous public sites, in museums including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C, and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as in many private collections. In 1985 he and his wife, Angeline Allen Umlauf, gave their home and studio with sculptures, drawings and paintings to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Source: CharlesUmlauf.com Born: 1911, Michigan Died: 1994, Austin, Texas Education: 1929 Art Institute of Chicago; studied and worked with Frederick Hibbard, Albin Polasek and Edouard Chassaing Selected One Person Exhibitions: 1943 Whitte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas 1945 Fort Worth Children’s Museum, sponsored by the Forth Worth Public Library, Fort Worth, Texas 1946 Mortimer Levitt Gallery, New York 1947 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1948 Mortimer Levitt Gallery, New York 1951 Mortimer Levitt Gallery, New York 1953 Betty McLean Gallery, Dallas, Texas 1955 Library of Incarnate World College, San Antonio, Texas Passedoit Gallery, New York 1956 Thomas Fine Arts Center, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas 1957 Cushman Gallery, Houston, Texas Student Memorial Center of Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas 1958 Kendall Gallery, San Angelo, Texas 1959 Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas 1963 El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas 1964 Houston Galleries, Houston, Texas Abilene Museum of Fine Arts, Abilene, Texas 1966 Galleria d’Arte Santacroce, Florence, Italy 1967 Umlauf Retrospective, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin, Texas 1970 Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas 1971 La Galeria de Los Cruces, Corpus Christi, Texas 1974 Shook-Carrington Gallery, San Antonio, Texas 1975 Umlauf Home and Sculpture Garden showings, Austin, Texas 1977 Sol Del Rio Gallery, San Antonio, Texas Umlauf Home and Sculpture Garden showings, Austin, Texas 1978 Umlauf Home and Sculpture Garden showings, Austin, Texas 1979 T.V. Robinson Galleries, Houston, Texas Umlauf Home and Sculpture Garden showings, Austin, Texas 1980 Retrospective Exhibition, Archer M. Huntington Art Galleries, Austin, Texas 1995 “Memorial Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings by Charles Umlauf,” Meredith Long and Company, Houston, Texas Selected Group Exhibitions: 1940 Two-Man Exhibition, Gallery House, Chicago 1941 San Francisco Art Association Annual, San Francisco Museum of Art, California 1942 “Sculpture of the Western Hemisphere,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. “Artists for Victory,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Texas General Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, sponsored by the Witte Memorial Museum of San Antonio, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Two-Man Show, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas 1943 “Christ and the Children,” Chicago, Illinois Texas General Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture 1944 Texas General Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture 1946 Mortimer Levitt Gallery, New York Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Texas General Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture 1947 Mortimer Levitt Gallery, New York Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Texas General Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture “Sculpture Today,” Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio 1948 Syracuse Museum Ceramic National Exhibition, New York Toronto Museum of Art, Canada Galerie Giroux, Brussels, Belgium Texas Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Whitney Museum Annual Exhibition, New York City Denver Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Colorado Texas General Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture Membership Exhibition of the Texas Fine Arts Association 1949 Third International Sculpture Exhibition, Fairmont Park Association and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Statue Project Exhibition, Demotte Gallery, New York City Oakland Art Galleries Annual Exhibition, California Whitney Museum Annual Exhibition, New York City Denver Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Colorado Syracuse Museum Ceramic National Exhibition, New York Texas General Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Membership Exhibition of Texas Fine Arts Association 1950 Show of Sculpture and Photographs of Larger Work, University of Georgia Candidates for Grants Exhibition, National Institute of Arts and Letters National Religious Sculpture Exhibition, University Of Oklahoma Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia “American Painting, 1950,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Denver Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Colorado Whitney Museum Annual Exhibition, New York City Denver Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Colorado Syracuse Museum Ceramic National Exhibition, New York Membership Exhibition of Texas Fine Arts Association Eleventh Texas Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Dallas 1951 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia Midwestern University Museum Exhibition, Wichita Falls, Texas Twelfth Texas Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Houston Candidates for Grants Exhibition, National Institute of Arts and Letters “American Sculpture, 1951,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City “Brooklyn Watercolor International,” Brooklyn Museum, New York 1952 Texas Fine Arts Association Spring Juried Exhibition “The Artist’s Vision,” Des Moines Art Center, Iowa “Contemporary Religious Art,” Union Theological Seminary, New York City “Texas Contemporary Artists,” Knoedler Gallery, New York City 1953 Fourteenth Texas Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Exhibition, New York City Sculptor’s Guild Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum, New York City “Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture,” Krannert Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana “Integration Show,” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston 1954 Fifty-third Annual Spring Exhibition, Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana Texas Fine Arts Association Spring Juried Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin Candidates for Grants Exhibition, National Institute of Arts and Letters “Contemporary Sculptors,” Ohio State University 149th Annual Exhibition of American Oil Painting and Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia 1955 Candidates for Grants Exhibition, National Institute of Arts and Letters Religious Arts Exhibition, Denver Art Museum, Colorado Contemporary Arts Exhibition, Chicago Art Institute, Illinois Sculptor’s Guild Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum, New York City 1956 Two-Man Show, Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas “Religious Art,” Newark Museum, New Jersey Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Exhibition, New York City Denver Art Museum Annual Exhibition, Colorado 1957 Four-Man Show, Dallas Society for Contemporary Art, Dallas Little Theater, Texas “Sculpture in Architecture,” United States Information Agency, Sydney, Australia Seventy-sixth Annual Exhibition, San Francisco Art Association, California Texas Fine Arts Association Spring Membership Show, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin Eighth Annual Christocentric Arts Festival, Newman Foundation Galleries, University of Illinois, Champaign “Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture,” Krannert Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana “Contemporary Religious Art in Texas,” San Antonio Art League, Witte Memorial Museum, Texas American Federation of Arts Sculpture Exhibit, Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas Nineteenth Texas Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas Feldman Exhibit, McNay Art Institute and the Fort Worth Art Museum 1958 “God and Man in Art, ”The American Federation of Arts, touring exhibit “Fifth Regional Biennial,” Friends of Art Exhibition, Kansas State College “Religious Art of the Western World,” Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas “Sculpture Exhibition,” Providence Art Club , Rhode Island “From Rodin to Lipschitz,” Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts and Meadows Building Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa “International Religious Bienniala,” Salzburg, Austria “XX Ceramic International,” Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York Benedictine Heights College, Tulsa, Oklahoma “Holiday of Arts,” The Grail (Council on Christian Culture), New York 1959 “Holiday of Arts,” The Grail (Council on Christian Culture), Boston Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas Dallas Arts Festival Sculpture Exhibition, Mercantile National Bank, Texas 155th Annual Exhibition of Oil Painting and Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan “Dallas Collects,” Fort Worth Art Museum and Dallas Museum of Contemporary Arts 1960 Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas Twenty-second Texas Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture “Contemporary Christian Art, ”Princeton University, New Jersey “Southwestern Art Exhibition,” Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Texas “First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Religious Art,” Religious Art Center, Seton Hill College, Greensberg, Pennsylvania “Christ--The King--The Church,” Second Biennial National Religious Art Exhibition, Holy Name Parish, Birmingham, Michigan Second Annual Exhibition of Southwest American Art, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City Dallas Arts Festival Sculpture Exhibition, Southland Center, Dallas, Texas 1961 “Religious Sculpture and Modern Church Architecture,” sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, held at the Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas Benedictine Heights College Benefit Auction, Tulsa, Oklahoma “Religious Art in Homes Pilgrimage,” Birmingham, Alabama University of Texas Art Student Scholarship Auction, Austin Laguna Gloria Art Museum Auction, Austin, Texas “American Business and the Arts Exhibition,” San Francisco Museum of Art, California Twenty-third Texas Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Texas Art Exhibition, Architects League, New York City 1962 157th Annual Exhibition of American Oil Painting and Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Adelaide Festival of Arts, National Museum of South Australia University of Illinois Biennial Texas Fine Arts Association Spring Juried Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin Houston Museum of Fine Arts Auction, Texas Art Scholarship Auction, University of Texas Art Department, Austin Laguna Gloria Art Museum Fiesta Auction, Austin Twenty-fourth Texas Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture University of Texas Art Faculty Exhibit, Austin 1963 Texas Fine Arts Association Spring Juried Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin “Festival of the Arts of the Southwest,”Saint Edward’s University, Austin University of Texas Art Faculty Exhibition, Dallas Museum for Contemporary Art Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio “Tour of Homes,” Texas Fine Arts Association Twenty-fifth University of Texas Art Faculty Exhibition, Archer M. Huntington Gallery, Austin 1964 Spring Jury Show, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas Twenty-sixth University of Texas Art Faculty Exhibition, Archer M. Huntington Gallery, Austin “Christ--The King--The Church,” Fourth Biennial National Religious Art Exhibition, Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, Michigan “Painting and Sculpture Invitational,” Louisiana State University Union Gallery, Baton Rouge University of Texas Art Faculty Exhibition, Texas Pavilion, New York World’s Fair Dallas Arts Festival Sculpture Exhibition, Mercantile National Bank, Texas “Fine Arts Festival,” Saint Martins Evangelical Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas Mulvane Art Center, Topeka, Kansas Fourteenth Christocentric Arts Festival, Newman Foundation Galleries, University of Illinois, Champaign 1965 Lenten Exhibition, Saint Lukes Methodist Church, Houston, Texas Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas “Children in Art,” Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas “The Figure in Sculpture 1865-1965,” J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky Twenty-seventh University of Texas Art Faculty Exhibition, Archer M. Huntington Gallery, Austin 1966 161st Annual Exhibition of American Oil Painting and Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia Friends of the Library Association Exhibition, Longview, Texas Shook-Carrington Gallery, San Antonio, Texas Dalzell Hatfield Gallery, Los Angeles, California Twenty-eighth University of Texas Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin 1967 Library of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Texas “Our Patrons Collect,” Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas “Creative Collaboration,” Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Rice University Medical Center, Texas Spring Sculpture Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas 1968 Spring Sculpture Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas Twenty-ninth Annual Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Hemisfair, San Antonio, Texas “A Particular Portion of Earth,” Pan American Building, Washington, D.C. 1969 Gallery of the Rapides Bank and Trust Company, Alexandria, Louisiana Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings on Tour, Southwestern Louisiana University, Lafayette and the Louisiana Arts and Science Center, Baton Rouge Art Department of Dallas, Baptist College, Texas Group Exhibition at Virgilio Cancogni Galleria d’Arte, Pietrasanta de Marina, Italy “Past Jurors Invitational Exhibition,” Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City 1970 Art Faculty Exhibition, Gallery of Men of Art Guild, San Antonio, Texas Thirty-first Annual Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin 1971 University of Texas Exhibition and Film on Bronze Sculpture in the Making, Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois University of Texas Art Faculty Exhibition, Austin Krannert Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana 1972 Thirty-second Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin Galleria de Bella Arte, Camiose, Italy Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio 1973 Fifteenth Annual Invitational Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Longview Museum and Arts Center, Texas University of Texas Art Museum Spring Exhibition, Austin Thirty-third Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin American Bicentennial Celebration, Galveston, Texas 1974 “Sculpture Figurative,” Mangoni Galleria d’Arte, Milan, Italy Carrara Museum, Carrara, Italy Thirty-fifth Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Austin, Texas 1975 Visitors’ Pavilion, Waterwood Township, Lake Livingston, Texas Thirty-sixth Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin 1976 Thirty-seventh Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin 1977 Thirty-eighth Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin 1978 Thirty-ninth Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin Gallaudet College Exhibition and Lecture, Washington, D.C. Sol Del Rio Gallery Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas 1979 Fortieth Annual Faculty Exhibition, University of Texas Art Museum, Austin Centennial Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois 1985 Third Dimensional Evening Auction, Art League of Houston, Texas 1986 Sesquicentennial Celebration, First State Bank, Abilene, Texas 2006 Kingdom Animalia: Creatures Big and Small by Artists Old and New, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas Public Collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution) Art Institute of Chicago Wichita Museum, Kansas Santa Barbara Museum, California Des Moines Art Center, Iowa Krannert Museum, Illinois Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana University of Texas, Austin, Texas Syracuse Museum, New York Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas Longview Museum of Art, Texas Abilene Art Museum, Texas El Paso Museum of Art, Texas Roswell Museum and Art Center, New Mexico Lakeview Arts and Science Center, Peoria, Illinois Palm Springs Desert Museum, California Huntington Art Gallery, Austin Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California Marian Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas Awards: University of Texas Grant Guggenheim Fellowship Ford Foundation Grant Ford Foundation Award Member Honoris Causa of National Honorary Society, Omicron Delta Kappa University of Texas Excellence Grant Houston Art League Artist of the Year, 1985 Honorary Mayor for Life, City of San Antonio Who’s Who in America Who’s Who in the Southwest Who’s Who in the World, Fifth Edition.