Auburn art museum launches spring membership drive March 25

Memberships at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, help support free programs for K-12 students, for those at the college level and for lifelong learners.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – During the spring membership drive March 25-28 at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, visitors can hear musical performances, engage in conversations about art, wander through the exhibition galleries, attend a membership enrollment social and, for new and returning members, receive a 10 percent discount on annual memberships.

The membership enrollment social, from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, will include a reception by Ursula’s Catering, a cash bar and music by the Scooter McGavin band on the museum’s terrace against the backdrop of outdoor sculpture. Those who sign up for membership will receive a free “Art Changes Lives” T-shirt while supplies last.

“Spring is an exciting time to get involved with Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art,” said membership officer Cindy Cox. “For example, in May, members can attend the unveiling of the sculpture created from the Auburn Oaks by Atlanta artist Matt Moulthrop. Matt and his father, Philip Moulthrop, will lead a salon-style discussion about their work and about Ed Moulthrop, Matt’s late grandfather, who is credited with establishing woodturning as an art form.”

Since gallery admission is free courtesy of JCSM Business Partners, the question comes up, “So why would I want to join if admission is free?”

Cox answers by describing the many and varied benefits of membership including enhanced communication about museum activities, invitations to receptions and art excursions, and discounts at the gift shop and special café offers. Memberships also help support free programs for K-12 students, for those at the college level and for lifelong learners. In addition, those joining at the sustaining level which starts at $125, receive member privileges to over 150 museums in the Southeastern and Northern American Museum Reciprocal Membership Program. Membership information, including levels and benefits, is available at

A gallery visitor contemplates Shared Vision, from The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography, on view during the 2014 spring membership drive at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University.Cox visited downtown Chicago museums with her family growing up where she was exposed to different cultures at an early age. She says that some of the best benefits of being part of an art museum are the life-changing ones. “I believe that art begins the conversation of learning about different cultures. I joined as a sustaining member at my alma mater because I want to continue the conversation on campus and in the community.”

Charitable, tax-deductible gifts in support of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art or other programs at Auburn are made through the Auburn University Foundation, which receives such gifts on the university’s behalf. Donors, alumni and friends can make a philanthropic gift in support of the museum by contacting Melaine Bennett, development officer, at (334) 844-7945, or by visiting To learn more about the various means of donating to Auburn University, visit

For additional information about the museum’s upcoming exhibitions and programs, visit or call (334) 844-1484.

(Written by Charlotte Hendrix.)

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