Jule Collins Smith Museum changes schedule to add more evenings and weekend days

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Beginning Sept. 3, visitors to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will have more evening and weekend opportunities to explore art and enjoy special events.

The museum will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays with new hours of operation. The new daily schedule will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Extended hours will be offered on Thursdays with closing time at 8 p.m.

The museum will be closed to the public on Mondays when it will offer school and university tours scheduled by appointment.

The new Thursday schedule will provide not only an after-work weekday opportunity to visit the museum, but also small plate dining and specialty beverage service from 5-8 p.m. at the Museum Café. The café will continue to offer lunch Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Museum Director Marilyn Laufer said visitor and member feedback influenced the decision to change the days and hours of operation.

“By offering extended hours each Thursday and adding Sunday afternoons to the schedule, we have more opportunities to share the transformative power of art with existing and new audiences,” Laufer said.

The 2013 fall exhibition includes “JCSM@10: A Decade of Collecting,” featuring a selection of artwork acquired during the museum’s first decade of serving the campus and community. Also featured this fall will be David Henderson’s installation, “A Brief History of Aviation,” and “Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.” For more information about the museum’s exhibitions, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/exhibitions/index.html.

The museum plans to expand both evening and weekend educational programming when the new hours go into effect. Laufer said docent-led tours and afternoon cinema could become a Sunday fixture, and Thursday evenings will include art studio classes, gallery talks and films that are thematically related to current exhibitions.

“Museum memberships help support our efforts to keep these education programs free,” Laufer said.

For information on museum benefits and levels, go to www.jcsm.auburn.edu/join.

Admission to the museum is free courtesy of JCSM Business Partners.

(Contributed by Charlotte Hendrix.)

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