Jule Collins Smith Museum to host Slow Art Day April 27

Gary BowlingAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will join more than 200 museums and art galleries around the globe April 27 in celebrating Slow Art Day. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., visitors to the museum are encouraged to delve deeply into five select works by viewing them for 10 minutes each, and then share their observations with other viewers.

The museum has selected five works from three exhibitions now on display for its Slow Art Day event. The exhibitions are “Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy – Photographs by Gordon Watkinson;” “The Painter’s Subjects – Landscape, Figure, Still Life – Selected Works from the Collection of Dwight and Helen Carlisle;” and “Preserving Tradition – Selected Works from the Permanent Collection.” Featured artists are Gary Bowling, Joe Price, Alexander Carse, Jacques Villon and Gordon Watkinson.

Auburn University art history and design interns worked with Andrew Henley, the museum’s education curator for K-12, to program the event.

Art history major Carson Shelton said her Slow Art Day internship gave her an insider’s glimpse into the inner workings of a museum and the opportunity to work with exhibition curators, as well as insight into museum-related opportunities for students, such as volunteering and free online membership.

In describing the mission of Slow Art Day, founder Phil Terry said, “We are helping more people learn how to look at and love art. By helping more people love art, we are also helping them to love museums and galleries that support art in their communities.”

Admission to the museum is free, but online registration for this event is encouraged and is available at http://slowartjcsm2013.eventbrite.com. The Café will be open for visitors to eat lunch and discuss their Slow Art Day experience. For Café menus and prices, go to the website at http://www.jcsm.auburn.edu/cafe/index.html. To plan a museum visit, go to www.jcsm.auburn.edu. Students may sign up for their free online membership at www.jcsm.auburn.edu/join.

(Written by Charlotte Hendrix.)

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