Jule Collins Smith Museum named Auburn Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year

AUBURN – At its April 6 meeting, the Auburn Rotary Club will present the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University with the Citizen of the Year award, its highest honor, for the museum’s role in significantly changing cultural life in Auburn.

Since 1983, the Auburn Rotary Club has presented the award annually to deserving individuals or organizations that exhibit the club’s objective of service above self. The award is presented to a local non-Rotarian who has significantly contributed to the Auburn Community.

“We are honored that the Auburn Rotary Club has chosen the Jule Collins Smith Museum for this prestigious award,” museum director Marilyn Laufer said. “Our mission statement, ‘Art Changes Lives,’ reflects the museum’s passion for art and for our community. We strive to foster the transformative power of art in our diverse audiences through the presentation of compelling exhibitions and programs.”

Open since 2003, the Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University is Alabama’s only university art museum. Serving as the gateway to Auburn University, the museum has a wide-ranging permanent collection. The museum houses more than 100 Audubon prints, Tibetan bronzes dating from as early as the 15th century and works by important American modern artists including Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe and Lyonel Feininger.

For more information on the museum, go to www.jcsm.auburn.edu or call (334) 844-1484.

(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)

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