Call Detail
Umlauf Sculpture Exhibition 2023

Entry Deadline: 9/3/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $30.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Texas
Event Dates: 9/17/23 - 9/17/23
Jury Dates: 9/4/23 - 9/14/23

WHO MAY ENTER: Members of Texas Society of Sculptors and sculptors who agree to become members prior to September 1st, 2023. Artists must be age 18 or older, US residents living and working in the USA. More information about why and how to join TSOS at:

LOCATION: Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, Austin, TX.

ENTRY PROCEDURE: Submission via CaFÉ: link here

IMAGES IN APPLICATION: Submit 3 to 5 images of sculptures representing artist’s work, and complete additional information requested in the call for entries. Sculpture images submitted to CaFÉ are examples representing artists’ work for application purposes only. However, any sculptures can be exhibited at the Umlauf.

EXHIBITION DISPLAY SPACE: Sculptures exhibited must fit in individual display space 8-feet wide by 4-feet deep not including space for artists to greet visitors. Display space is under a covered outdoor terrace at the front entrance of the museum adjacent to the spacious sculpture garden and walking paths. There is also space for a limited number of larger sculptures to be placed on wide pavers in an uncovered space next to the covered terrace.


SALES AND COMMISSIONS: Any sales will be handled directly between the artist and buyer. Artists will not be charged a sales commission by the Umlauf or TSOS. Artists will be responsible for collecting and paying Texas sales tax.

AWARDS: Cash prizes will be awarded for the People’s Choice award, with two periods of voting allotting two People’s Choice awards. Specific times will be given for these announcements.

NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE: Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

SET-UP: 8:30am to 10:30am, Sunday, September 17, 2023. We will designate time slots for unloading, so be aware and respectful of this announcement closer to the event. All vehicles must be out of the UMLAULF museum parking lot by 10:30am. Parking is available across the street. This year will have a $7 fee for parking lot, across the street from the Umlauf, enforced by Austin City. Please help each other unload.

EXHIBITION HOURS: 11:00am to 4:00pm.

CHECK IN: Information for your assigned space will be located on the Terrace at the front entrance to the museum.

DISPLAYS: Display your work on matching pedestals or if you are using a table, cover with a black cloth.

DEMOS: As this is a community outreach event, some sculpture demonstrations are planned. Sculptors are encouraged to include work(s) in progress, and to talk to visitors about your process of creating sculpture.

MARKETING MATERIALS: Bring your cards, portfolios, and devices to help educate the public and promote yourselves and TSOS.

FOOD AND DRINKS: A kitchen is available with a refrigerator for artists. It could be fun to bring something to share, but not required.

FOOD TRUCKS: Food trucks will be on site for Museum Day.

LIVE MUSIC: Live music will be in the Sculpture Garden.

ADMISSION: Free Admission to the Sculpture Garden & Museum on Museum Day.

BREAKDOWN: Immediately after 4:00pm. You will be allowed to bring your vehicle into the parking lot as room allows.

TSOS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION: Join Texas Society of Sculptors online. Membership dues are $40 per year. This includes your personal webpage on the TSOS Website Virtual Sculpture Gallery, with three images and contact information. Go to:

QUESTIONS: Email Matt Donner at

About Texas Society of Sculptors:

Texas Society of Sculptors is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed in Texas in 1971 for the purposes of educating the public about sculpture and appreciation of this art form, promoting the work of sculptors, and serving as a liaison between sculptors. Although based in the Austin Texas area, membership is open to all sculptors and sculpture lovers anywhere.


About Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum:

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is a museum and outdoor sculpture garden centered on the artistic works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf. Located at 605 Azie Morton Road in the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, Texas, the garden is adjacent to Austin's popular Zilker Park.

In 1985, Charles and Angeline Umlauf donated their home, studio, and 168 Umlauf sculptures to the City of Austin. Six years later, in 1991, the City built a museum to display the artwork on adjoining city property with private funds. Staff and volunteers maintain the museum with support of grants, donated funds, and contributions from the City of Austin, to maintain the museum and xeriscape. The Museum maintains a seasonal schedule including exhibitions of Charles Umlauf and his twentieth century peers and contemporary art exhibitions.

Charles Umlauf was a notable American sculptor who taught as a professor in the University of Texas at Austin Art Department for 40 years. He began sculpting at a young age and showed such innate talent that he began taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago at age 11. Umlauf was employed by the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project during the Great Depression and he garnered recognition for his large public work sculptures, including War Mother (1939) which resulted in his job offer from the University of Texas. He is well known for his expressive sculptures regarding humanistic and religious themes, and his mastery of use of various materials, including exotic and difficult media such as rose quartz and Brazilian rosewood. In Texas, Umlauf has more sculptures on display in public locations than any other single sculptor


Application Requirements

Submit application as required by this call for entries on or before the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Members of Texas Society of Sculptors or agree to become a member prior to September 1, 2023. Artists must be age 18 or older, US residents living and working in the USA.