AU’s Jule Collins Smith Museum to present Art in Bloom Exhibition and Extravaganza April 3-5

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum will celebrate spring with its Art in Bloom Exhibition and Extravaganza April 3-5 in the museum’s third annual pairing of artwork and floral arrangements.

During Art in Bloom, the museum galleries will showcase an exhibition of select pieces from the museum’s current collection partnered with floral arrangements created by designers from across Alabama.

Highlighting this year’s Art in Bloom experience are presentations by AU alumnus and internationally acclaimed designer Raymond Waites, and the exhibition “Remix Revolution,” which includes many of Waites’ original creations as well as sculpture, paintings and other artwork collected during his travels around the U.S. and abroad. “Remix Revolution” will be on display through May 10.

Waites, born in Demopolis and a 1963 graduate of AU, is president and CEO of Raymond Waites Design Inc. in New York. His design inspiration derives from both American and global influences and his intuitive design sense has helped make him an authority in design in America, Europe and Japan.

Art in Bloom will open on Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m., with a lecture by Waites and the opening of the exhibition “Remix Revolution.” A reception will follow the lecture. The cost of the evening is $25 per person.

On Friday, April 4, both a silent auction from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a live auction from 7:30 to 9 p.m. will offer opportunities to bid on unique items, win special prizes from the drawings and enjoy food provided by the museum’s exclusive caterer, Ursula Higgins. The cost of attending the auctions is $100 per person.

On Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Waites will present the Demonstration Lecture of the Global Remix, in which he will discuss his inspirations from countries around the world including Amsterdam, Russia and Finland. Lunch will follow the lecture. The cost is $60 per person.

For more information on Art in Bloom or to make reservations for events, contact Cindy Cox, (334) 844-3005 (

All proceeds from the Art in Bloom exhibitions and events will be donated to the Jule Collins Smith Museum.

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