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Umlauf Museum hires new curator

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum announced today that it has hired Katie Edwards as its new curator, effective Sept. 1.

Edwards replaces longtime museum director and curator Nelie Plourde who retired earlier this year after 21 years with the museum. Late last year, community leader Nina Seely joined the museum’s staff as executive director.

Edwards has been an assistant professor of modern and contemporary art for the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor University.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of research relate to the New York School and mid-century Texas modernism.

Edwards is also the author of the forthcoming book Midcentury Modern Art in Texas, a dissertation on Jackson Pollock and as the former research assistant for Mary Lynn Kotz’s Rauschenberg: Art and Life. She co-curated the nationally circulating exhibition, Advancing Tradition: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press, that featured work bys by more than 40 artists, including Trenton Doyle Hancock, Luis Jiménez and James Surls.

The Umlauf Museum displays the work of longtime Austin artist Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) and other sculptors. Operated as a private nonprofit and built with private funds, the museum features a small gallery building and a path-lined garden filled with Umlauf’s sculpture.