As the School of Art’s Sculpture Technician, Micheal Muelhaupt maintains and monitors the wood shop, metal shop, ceramics studio, vacuum former, and mold making/casting. He establishes and oversees safety protocols and training for use of these spaces, as well as schedules, trains, and supervises student monitors.
Michael is also an artist and curator. He was raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received his BFA in Sculpture+ Extended Media in 2010. After briefly living in New Orleans, he relocated to Austin to attend The University of Texas’ MFA program in Studio Art, completing his degree in 2017. Since graduating, he developed a distinctive career path within Austin’s larger visual art community, whether that be through pedagogy, museum/ gallery installation, fabrication, freelance design, a respective studio/curatorial practice, or most commonly some combination of all of the aforementioned. He is a founding member of Partial Shade, a nomadic curatorial project focused on hosting exhibitions in non-traditional art spaces with work that is responsive to, considerate of, and affected by its environment. Since 2016, Partial Shade has had the pleasure of working with over 50 local, national, and international artists that represent a wide spectrum of ways one could make and think about art objects.
Michael has exhibited his own work nationally, and has attended a number of recognized Artist-In-Residence programs including: The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Oxbow School of Art, The Vermont Studio Center, and ACRE Projects.