The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University consists of changing exhibition galleries, Luster, the museum café, and a museum shop in a striking modernist building set within extensive grounds. A pillar of the southern gateway cultural arts district, it offers students, faculty and the region impactful opportunities to engage with a wide-ranging visual and decorative arts collection spanning centuries, genres and materials.

The atrium features a breathtaking glass sculpture, Amber Luster Chandelier, by Dale Chihuly with a permanent collection that features Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Pierre-August Lenoir, to name but a few. Strengths also include mid-20th-century American modernism as well as Mexican modernism; contemporary prints and photographs, the work of John James Audubon, works on paper depicting the South, ceramics and Southern visionary art.  The museum also presents a biennial juried outdoor sculpture exhibition, selected from artists’ works nationwide.

200
Free public programs
30000
Visitors annually

The Building

Architects: Gresham, Smith and Partners of Birmingham, Alabama

Landscape Architects: Nimrod Long and Associates of Birmingham, Alabama

Building: A 40,000 square-foot modern building with a travertine stone exterior.