Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is one of Alabama’s leading art museums, with a growing collection of approximately 2,000 works of art ranging from traditional to contemporary.

Art Changes Lives. Our mission within the larger mission of Auburn University is to preserve, enhance, research, and interpret the collections entrusted to us. Through the presentation of compelling exhibitions and programs to our diverse audiences, we foster the transformative power of art.

Located at the entry to Auburn University’s main campus, the museum consists of six changing galleries, an auditorium, a café, gift shop, an English-inspired formal area and woodland landscape, outdoor sculpture, and landscaped walking paths. As a part of the university, the museum represents the commitment and dedication Auburn has to advancing the arts in our daily lives.

“…Through the presentation of compelling
exhibitions and programs to our diverse
audiences, we foster the transformative
power of art.”

Our History

1948

Frank Applebee, Chair of the School of Art and Architecture, arranged for the purchase of 36 paintin...
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1992

The art museum project was given new life when philanthropist Susan Phillips agreed to donate to Aub...
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1994

1994 - Ms. Phillips and her brother Allen Phillips authorized the Louise Hauss Miller Foundation to ...
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1997

The movement to construct a museum building on Auburn's campus was gaining momentum. Dr. Charles D. ...
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1998

Houston businessman Albert Smith, a 1947 mechanical engineering graduate, commits $3 million toward ...
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1998 – (July)

The AU Board of Trustees determined the site of the museum to be the intersection of College Street ...
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2000

Dr. Michael De Marsche was appointed the founding Director of Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art,...
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2001

In December of 2001, the local firm of Conner Brothers Construction was awarded the contract to cons...
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2003

On October 3, the Jule Collins Smith Museum opens its doors to the public, under the leadership of i...
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2008

JCSM begins the acquisition program, The 1072 Society Class.  ...
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2013 - April

JCSM announced that they have been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highes...
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2013 - October

JCSM opened to the public on October 3, 2003. In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, the museum ...
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2014

When third generation master woodturner Matt Moulthrop heard about the loss of the Auburn Oaks at To...
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200
Free public programs
30000
Visitors annually

Facility Rental

Interested in renting our facilities for your dinner, party, or wedding? The feel free to visit our Facility Rental page and find all of the information you need. Or, you can navigate to our contact page and reach out to us there and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

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.

The main level incorporates a lobby, office suite, six exhibition galleries, a museum shop, a café, an auditorium, and a terrace overlooking the lake. The lower level accommodates a vault system, a carpentry shop and staff and security offices.