Museum Membership Week March 18-22 to offer special programs and special rates

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – During the Jule Collins Smith Museum Membership Week, March 18-22, new and returning members will receive a 10 percent discount on the cost of an annual membership by either visiting the museum or going to the website at

Special programs during the week will include the independent documentary “Free China: The Courage to Believe,” on March 19 at 6 p.m.; “A Little Lunch Music” at noon on March 21, with New York-based percussionist and composer, Nathan Davis followed that day by a free watercolor lesson at 5 p.m. and extended gallery hours until 8 p.m..

Exhibitions on view that week include “Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy – Photographs by Gordon Watkinson,” “The Painter’s Subjects – Landscape, Figure, Still Life, Selections from the Carlisle Collection” and “Preserving Tradition,” featuring a selection from the museum’s permanent collection.

“Member support is one of the main reasons the museum is able to offer so many free educational programs and exhibitions to everyone in our community,” said Cindy Cox, membership officer. “The museum has more than 750 members and we hope to exceed 800 during the drive.”

Individual memberships start at $45, dual/family memberships start at $80 and sustaining memberships start at $125 with additional benefits and discounts. Those joining at the sustaining member level and above may be able to deduct some or all of their charitable contribution from their taxes, depending on the value of exclusive museum offers and opportunities taken during the year.

One of the benefits of the sustaining membership level is the reciprocal admission program observed by many museums in the United States and Canada.

Museum member Margaret Craig-Schmidt, who joined in 2003 when the museum opened, has used her Jule Collins Smith Museum membership card at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., the Asian Art Museum and deYoung Museum in San Francisco, Calif., and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Miss., to name a few.

“Art has enriched my life,” said Craig-Schmidt. “I joined because I wanted to support a museum that gives students and faculty, as well as the Auburn community, an opportunity for discovering how art can enrich the lives of all.”

A professor emerita at Auburn, Craig-Schmidt taught in the Human Odyssey Program, which included visits to the museum.

“Knowledge of art is a part of the fundamental education of any student,” she said. “One of my students, who went on to another program in Italy, told me that he finally understood my passion for art, and that his experience in Human Odyssey here at Auburn had made his visit to Italy more meaningful.”

For more about the museum and to see a full schedule of the benefits and value of joining, visit

(Written by Charlotte Hendrix.)

Contact: Charlotte Hendrix, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, (334) 844-7075 (, or @JCSMAuburn, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (