Jule Collins Smith Museum to answer questions via Twitter during worldwide ‘Ask a Curator Day’

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Museum curators from all over the world will answer questions via Twitter on Wednesday, Sept. 19, during “Ask a Curator Day.” The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will participate in the worldwide question and answer session that will give members of the public the chance to ask questions of museum and gallery curators.

Representing the Jule Collins Smith Museum will be Dennis Harper, curator of collections and exhibitions. Harper said tweeting is a new form of sharing his knowledge of both traditional and contemporary art and is different from writing an exhibition article or essay.

“140 characters is not a problem but the hard part will be if someone asks a brief question that requires a long answer,” Harper said.

The Jule Collins Smith Museum is among nearly 500 museums from 28 countries which will be online to share knowledge via Twitter for this one-day live event. Followers both locally and globally can tweet art-related questions directly to @JCSMAuburn or tag the post #askacurator for a response.

The topic of using technology to reach broader and diverse museum audiences is always trending with Jule Collins Smith Museum director Marilyn Laufer.

“‘Ask a Curator Day’ makes what has been, up until now, a long-range plan into a real time actuality,” she said. “Looking at the other museums involved, we are pleased to be in such good company for this project.”

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

This year’s virtual Q&A is once again organized by the United Kingdom based marketing agency, Sumo, which held a similar event in 2010. For more information about the worldwide “Ask a Curator Day,” go to www.askacuratorday.com.

(Contributed by Charlotte Hendrix.)

Contact: Charlotte Hendrix, Jule Collins Smith Museum, (334) 844-7075 or (202) 549-2026 (charlotte.hendrix@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)