Museum’s photography exhibition to feature works from one of world’s finest collections

From ‘Shared Vision’ exhibition of photographs at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine ArtAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will present a retrospective on 100 years of photography, starting Jan. 24. Featuring works by some of the leading photographers of the 20th century, the exhibition, “Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography,” will be on display at the museum through April 27.

Artist and co-curator Paul Karabinis will give a public talk Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. at the museum and will attend the opening reception and member preview Thursday, Jan. 23.

Gilman and Gonzalez are considered among the top photography collectors in the world. The “Shared Vision” exhibition includes works by prominent photographers Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, Loretta Lux, Sally Mann, Doug and Mike Starn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. Street scenes, the human form and environment, unique viewpoints, children and landscapes represent just a portion of the collection. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the exhibition was co-curated by Karabinis and Ben Thompson.

From ‘Shared Vision’ exhibition of photographs at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine ArtKarabinis said that nearly all the photographs in the exhibition were vintage prints that let viewers encounter the effects of time and handling – that patina of age – and realize that works of art are not just images, but artifacts of a particular time and place.

Chuck Hemard, an associate professor in the Department of Art at Auburn, said that the Sondra Gillman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection was really a college photography teacher’s dream collection, not only because of the work presented but because the exhibition is coming to Auburn versus a major art center hours away.

“The collection represents an impressive variety and range of approaches to how photography can convey and express potent meanings,” he said. “To be an effective teacher, I feel an obligation to engage students with examples that represent a wide range of possibilities of what fine art photography is and can be. I love that its core seems to be resonate images by important artists. This is the part that students of art photography must experience, concepts that if I’m being honest, are most difficult to teach.” Hemard’s students will exhibit their photography at the museum in March.

Programs for the campus and community, including films, researcher and artist talks and a photography exhibition of Auburn students’ work, are scheduled during spring semester to coincide with the exhibition. For more information about the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, go to

Those interested in joining Auburn’s art museum and attending the opening reception and member preview should contact membership officer Cindy Cox at (334) 844-3005 or visit

(Contributed by Charlotte Hendrix.)

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