AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two area high school students will perform their nationally recognized performance piece, “A Tragedy of Errors: America’s Hypocritical Reaction to Artistic Diplomacy,” Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. They will bring to life works from “Advancing American Art,” one of the museum’s permanent collections. The performance coincides with the museum’s ninth Birthday Party and Family Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Heather Connelly and Katie Kirk developed the piece for National History Day, a competition that has qualifying rounds at the state level and culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park. Connelly is a junior in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Auburn High School. Katie Kirk is a homeschooled junior who is also in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The pair won bronze for the Senior Group Performance at the national level this year.
AUBURN – The exhibition “Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel” will be on display June 2 through Aug. 18 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.
“Facing South” features 100 images portraying some of the South’s best-known artists, from North Carolina to Louisiana, who share common cultural experiences that translate into a wide variety of artistic expressions. The collective group portrait by Siegel reflects an insightful examination of this multicultural community of artists and documents the richness of art-making in the South.
Siegel, a native of Selma, attended the Art Institute of Atlanta. After 29 years as a commercial photographer in Atlanta, Siegel relocated to Birmingham where he continues to shoot for commercial clients and to pursue his fine arts work through which he documents the cultural landscape of the South.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will celebrate International Museum Day, Friday, May 18.
The first 100 visitors through the door will be entered to win a round of golf for two at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, compliments of Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, or RTJ. At noon, the Auburn-based Woodfield Trio chamber group will perform. The museum shop will be offering a 20 percent discount on any one item purchased. The museum will serve refreshments throughout the day and admission is free, courtesy of the Jule Collins Smith Museum Business Partners.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will host its third annual Art in the Garden event April 14. Food and wine, live music and landscape vignettes will introduce an evening of entertainment, including a silent auction and special guest speaker James Farmer.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, guests will have an opportunity to see the scenic landscape vignettes, sip wine and bid on auction items while enjoying live music by E.G. Kight, who has been called The Georgia Songbird. Ursula’s Catering will offer food throughout the night to accompany the ongoing events.
AUBURN – Auburn University music professors Rosephanye Powell and William Powell will present “A History of African American Music” through a joint lecture and performance at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. The presentation is part of the collaborative programming based on the museum’s current exhibition, “Promises of Freedom,” featuring selections from the Arthur Primas collection of African American art in celebration of Black History month.
Rosephanye Powell, a professional singer and professor of voice at Auburn University, is a researcher, interpreter and performer of African-American spiritual and solo vocal works. She has presented numerous recitals and lecture-recitals at churches, concert halls, universities and professional meetings around the country. William Powell, associate professor and director of choirs in the Department of Music at Auburn University, is in demand as a lecturer, teacher, conductor, presenter and adjudicator.
AUBURN – The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s principal flutist, Nancy Vinson, will perform at the Jule Collins Smith Museum, Thursday, Feb. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. as part of the museum’s weekly classical music series.
Vinson has played with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, and as teacher for more than 35 years, has produced some of the state’s outstanding young flutists.