AU’s Jule Collins Smith Museum to open “Auburn Collects: Imprinting the South” exhibition May 24

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will open the exhibition, “Auburn Collects: Imprinting the South: Works on Paper from the Collection of Lynn Barstis Williams and Stephen J. Goldfarb, ” on Saturday, May 24, to run through August 23.

The exhibition, presented as a part of the museum’s continuing “Auburn Collects” series, features works on paper that reflect the culture, economy and landscape of the South. Images include landmarks such as mountain and shore, picturesque cities such as Charleston and New Orleans, scenes of cotton and tobacco farming, logging and the steel industry as well as depictions of religion and recreation.

Former AU library faculty member Lynn Barstis Williams began collecting these images for research. She was attracted to the genre during a print fair in Atlanta, where she saw a satirical lithograph by George Biddle inspired by the legal case in Alabama that became known as the trial of the Scottsboro Boys. Stephen Goldfarb joined her in an effort to acquire prints that revealed both positive and critical views of the South. The exhibition of nearly 100 woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and other print media that will be on view at the Jule Collins Smith Museum is the result of this shared interest of Williams and Goldfarb.

The exhibition originated at The Georgia Museum of Art and is augmented by a selection of Williams’s recent acquisitions. Williams’s book, “Imprinting the South: Southern Printmakers and Their Images of the Region, 1920s-1940s,” was published in 2007.

A podcast of the exhibition will be available for download June 13 at www.jcsm.auburn.edu. iPods are available at the front desk of the museum.

For more information about the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php.

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