Baylor University Artist-in-Residence Karl Umlauf Honored By Texas Commission on the Arts

May 16, 2011

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The Texas Commission on the Arts has named Baylor University artist-in-residence Karl Umlauf as the Texas State Visual Artist 2-D for 2012.

Umlauf, 72, of Lorena was one of eight Texas artists and musicians recognized in the commission's biennial naming of state artists.

Umlauf, who grew up in Austin, has served as Baylor artist-in-residence since 1989. His paintings and drawings have won national attention. During his time at Baylor, he had shown his work in shows at Baylor's Martin Museum of Art, Art Center Waco and Croft Art Gallery.

A commission picked by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house appoints the state artists from a list of finalists determined by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Named as 2011 state artists were Lyle Lovett, State Musician; David M. Parsons, Poet Laureate; Melissa Miller, State Two-Dimensional Artist; and Jesus Moroles, State Three-Dimensional Artist. 2012 state artists are Umlauf; ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons, State Musician; Jan Seal, Poet Laureate; and Bill FitzGibbons, State Three-Dimensional Artist.

Umlauf presently has an exhibit of his work, "Imagined Spaces: Painting," on display at downtown Waco's Croft Art Gallery, 712 Austin Ave. The gallery is closed on weekends, but open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

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