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Artist-in-residence's work to bedisplayed at Killeen-area college

Nov. 5, 1999

By LAUREN JENKINS

Reporter

Central Texas College in Killeen is hosting a special art exhibit of 18 drawings by Karl Umlauf, an internationally respected artist and Baylor's artist-in-residence. From today until Dec. 9, Umlauf's mixed media drawings will be on display in the Sun Room Gallery of the Student Center Building 106.

'This is one of the most important groups of artwork ever exhibited on our campus,' said Dr. Wynona Alexander, chair of the CTC fine arts department. 'The response amongst students has been intense. Everyone has been affected by the general feeling of the work.'

Umlauf's work has been displayed throughout the United States and abroad in exhibitions, invitational shows, universities and museums. His career has earned him awards including purchase prizes, artist's grants and other special recognitions.

'My work has been displayed in Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, New York City, San Francisco and St. Louis, among others,' Umlauf said. 'Every major city was either a competitive event or an invitational event.'

The Umlauf collection on display at Central Texas College is consistent with his style, subject matter and meanings evidenced in his paintings, sculpture and other works. He explores different aspects of our transient world and different aspects of the human spirit. Umlauf uses many different subjects to create images outside the usual.

'The pieces are drawings made with pastels; some are washed drawings all mixed with charcoal,' Umlauf said. 'Most are 40 feet by 40 feet. They are quite large.'

Umlauf is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. In addition to his 10 years of teaching at Baylor, he has been artist-in-residence at Indiana University-Bloomington, and has taught at Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University), University of Northern Iowa and the University of Pennsylvania.

According to Dr. Alexander, Umlauf will be participating in a discussion about his work on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m. on the CTC campus.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Sun Room Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday. For more information call the CTC fine arts department at (254) 526-1572 or (800) 792-3348, extension 1572.