Founded in 2005, the Umlauf Prize is a yearly award bestowed upon a deserving UT Austin graduate student in Art. After a several-year hiatus, the prize was reinstated in 2014 and continues this year with, for the first time, two winners.
Umlauf Prize juror Suzanne Deal decided this year that two candidates were worthy of the prize -- Gracelee Lawrence and Ryan Hawk. Lawrence and Hawk's works are currently on display at Umlauf Sculpture Garden and they'll both be giving an artist talk on Wednesday, November 4.
While their works were designed separately (and are given the joint name Murmurs), they share a common theme if not a common realization. Both Lawrence and Hawk had personal reactions to Charles Umlauf's depiction of the male and female forms and chose to respond to Umlauf via their own new works.