Jule Collins Smith Museum invites community to celebrate International Museum Day

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will celebrate International Museum Day, Friday, May 18.

The first 100 visitors through the door will be entered to win a round of golf for two at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, compliments of Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, or RTJ. At noon, the Auburn-based Woodfield Trio chamber group will perform. The museum shop will be offering a 20 percent discount on any one item purchased. The museum will serve refreshments throughout the day and admission is free, courtesy of the Jule Collins Smith Museum Business Partners.

The theme for 2012, Museums in a Changing World: New challenges, new inspirations, invites museums and their visitors to think about the role of museums in our society in an era of numerous changes. It is as much about museums growing and shaping their future as it is about displaying and interpreting new issues like climate change, new media or social responsibility.

Exhibitions now on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum are the Auburn University Department of Art Studio Faculty Exhibition; Southern Artists/Southern Art: Selected Works by Artists Featured in Facing South; Aesthetic Earth: A Selection from the Dwight and Helen Carlisle Collection of Belleek Porcelain; and In the Background: Flora in J.J. Audubon’s The Birds of America.

International Museum Day has been held worldwide every year for the last 35 years from America and Oceania to Europe, Asia and Africa. Almost 30,000 museums in over 100 countries have participated in this event since it began in 1977.

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University opened in October 2003. It houses approximately 2,000 works of art ranging from traditional to contemporary. The goal of the museum is to engage Auburn University students, staff, members and visitors in a unique, imaginative experience. Located minutes from Auburn University’s central campus, the museum consists of seven galleries, an auditorium, a café, gift shop and botanical gardens.

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

(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, Jule Collins Smith Museum, (334) 844-7075 (cbourdeau@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)