Exhibit of 100 years of sports photography on display at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum

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AUBURN – “Visions of Victory, ” an exhibition of sports photography spanning 100 years, is on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University through Nov. 29. This exhibition brings together the different yet complementary worlds of athletics and photography in more than 100 images that capture some of the greatest moments in sports history.

The images in “Visions of Victory” are the works of photographers ranging from the world-renowned to the lesser-known and the anonymous. They include William Henry Jackson, one of America’s leading frontier photographers and artists; Annie Leibovitz, an American photographer known for her images of celebrities including political figures, musicians, actors and athletes; and David Burnett, a well-traveled photojournalist who recently was named one of American Photo magazine’s 100 Most Important People in Photography.

The images represent a wide variety of sports such as auto racing, baseball, basketball, boxing, cycling, dirt biking, diving, figure skating, football, golf, gymnastics, harness racing, ice hockey, kayaking, rowing, sailing, soccer, steeplechase, swimming, tennis, thoroughbred racing, track and field and wrestling.

Sports giants such as Arthur Ashe, Wilt Chamberlain, Nadia Comaneci, Ty Cobb, Babe Didrickson, Joe DiMaggio, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Joe Namath, Cal Ripken Jr. and Babe Ruth are seen during moments of determined exertion, enthusiastic celebration or quiet reflection.

The installation at the Jule Collins Smith Museum marks the final lap for “Visions of Victory” on a tour organized by the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. The exhibition also appeared in the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, San Antonio Museum of Art and Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.

A select group of Auburn-related sports photography by area photographers will augment the exhibition.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for museum members, Auburn University faculty and staff and students with a valid ID. Museum hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, (334) 844-7075, (cbourdeau@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9979 (clardch@auburn.edu)

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