Artists to speak on “As Above, So Below” exhibition at Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will host a reception on Sept. 24 from 6-9 p.m. featuring a talk by artists Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov. Scherer and Ouporov will speak about their work in the exhibition “As Above, So Below” on display through Nov. 27. The talk and following reception are free and open to the public.

American-born Scherer and Russian-born Ouporov are an artist team who met in Moscow in 1989 as students at the esteemed Moscow Surikov State Academic Art Institute. The couple’s work reflects their close collaboration through which they combine personal and cultural histories as well as concepts. The artists say that as a bilingual couple – American and Russian – they often search for connections and common roots of their two diverse languages and incorporate literature, poetry and text into their works.

“As Above, So Below” includes a large-scale video installation in addition to egg tempera paintings, silverpoint drawings, etchings and photographs. A fully illustrated hard cover catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase in the museum shop.

For more information, go to or call Colleen Bourdeau at (334) 844-7075.

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