Exhibition of works produced in the Southeast now at Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – A traveling exhibition of contemporary craft and traditional art produced in the southeastern United States is on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University through May 15. Auburn’s museum is the only venue in Alabama that will host the exhibition.

This collection, “Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art,” contains more than 100 objects including works of art in glass, clay, fiber, metal, wood, paper and mixed media. To enrich the viewer’s experience, the museum is offering an array of artist interviews as well as stories and background information on the artists and their processes.

Organized by the Southern Arts Federation, a nonprofit regional arts organization, “Tradition/Innovation” features 58 of the region’s master artists from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The exhibition provides a sweeping view of modern craft and allows viewers to examine the importance of community and culture, innovation and evolution and the imprint of place.

A series of lectures will accompany the exhibition. Upcoming speakers and dates include: quilters Mozell Benson and Sylvia Stephens on Feb. 2; metal artist John Phillips on Feb. 9; potter Charles Smith on Feb. 16; glass artist Cal Breed on March 2; and furniture maker Kimberly Sotelo on March 9. All talks are scheduled for 4 p.m.

Admission to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is free in 2010 courtesy of the museum’s Business Partners. For more information about the museum go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php or call (334) 844-1484.

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 O’Keeffe 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.

(Contributed by Colleen Bordeau.)

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, (334) 844-7075 (cst0001@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)