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, the museum 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-Auguste Renoir, to name but a few. Strengths also include mid-20th-century American modernism and 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.