Martin Museum of Art to Celebrate 25 Years of Karl Umlauf as Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Baylor University

December 1, 2014
The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will feature works by Karl Umlauf beginning January 20 and running though March 1. Professor Umlauf has taught painting and drawing at Baylor for 25 years and will be retiring at the end of the school year.

During his time as Artist-in-Residence, at Baylor University, Karl Umlauf has shared his passion for painting and drawing with hundreds of studio art students. He received his BFA from the University of Texas in 1961 and MFA from Cornell University in 1963. Prior to beginning his residency at Baylor in 1989, Umlauf taught at East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas for 22 years and was an instructor at University of Pennsylvania, University of Northern Iowa, and Indiana University. He has pursued an extensive schedule as guest lecturer, juror, and workshop instructor throughout Texas and the Southwest, and his solo and group exhibitions have been featured across the United States. The Texas Commission on the Arts selected Karl Umlauf as the 2012 Texas Artist of the Year.

Karl Umlauf is motivated by several forms of subject matter. One is the structural geological forms of land. The other is the complexity of machinery and piping systems found in petroleum refineries and the spectacular environment of steel mills and salvage yards. This imagery was, and continues to be, his subject matter. He modifies and reinvents these sources, infusing them with personal creative expressions.

His work is included in many museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as in corporate collections including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and GTE Corporation. Umlauf’s artwork can be seen throughout the Baylor University campus including Burleson Hall, Jones and Moody Library, the Clifton-Robinson Tower, and the new Baylor Research Innovation Cooperative. He has been represented by the Harris Gallery for over 20 years and will also be represented by William Reaves Fine Art in Houston.

The Martin Museum of Art and the Baylor Art Department will host a reception with refreshments from 5:30-7pm on Thursday, January 29. Karl Umlauf will give a gallery talk at 6pm. The gallery talk and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited.

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm, and Sunday: 1-4pm. The museum is closed on Mondays, during Baylor University holidays, and in between exhibitions. Admission is free and all events are open to the public, unless specified. For more information, or to schedule a group tour, please call 254-710-1867 or visit the museum website at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.
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