Jule Collins Smith Museum birthday celebration to feature ‘Elvis at 21’ exhibition

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will throw its sixth annual Birthday Bash on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s celebration will revolve around the “Elvis at 21” exhibition, opening Oct. 10, and will feature music by an Elvis tribute band, “Young Elvis and the Blue Suedes.”

Clips from 1956 films, advertisements and television appearances will be on display in the museum auditorium. Children will have the opportunity to take part in art projects related to 1950s technology, view the Joni Mabe exhibition, “Elvis and Friends,” and learn dance moves made famous by Elvis.

Participants can visit the featured exhibits: “Elvis at 21, New York to Memphis: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer,” organized in conjunction with Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C., in the Bill L. Harbert Gallery; and Joni Mabe’s “Elvis and Friends: Glitter Mosaics” in Gallery C.

Aubie and Miss Auburn University will make guest appearances. Food and drinks will be provided. This celebration is a free public event and provides an opportunity to learn about the museum’s offerings. For more information, call (334) 844-1484 or go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php.

Open since 2003, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is Alabama’s only university art museum. Serving as the gateway into Auburn University, the museum has a wide-ranging permanent collection, which includes more than 100 Audubon prints, Tibetan bronzes dating from as early as the 15th century and works by important American modern artists, such as Arthur Dove, Georgia OKeeffe and Lyonel Feininger. The museum rotunda features a three-tiered, hand-blown glass chandelier created especially for the space by internationally renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.

The museum experience continues onto the grounds with 15 acres of gardens, walking paths and water features complete with outdoor sculpture, including Spinoff, created by Auburn alumna Jean Woodham.

Contacts:  Andy Tennant, (334) 844-3081 (tennawa@auburn.edu)
Stacey Moore, (334) 844-3488 (moore23@auburn.edu)