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One-day sale for members!

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New spring accessories, unique gift selections inspired by “Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here,: books and toys to spark your little one’s creativity await you in the Museum Shop.

As a member benefit, you can take 20% off all regularly-priced items during this one day sale. Stop in Thursday, March 9 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to get a jump on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, or “just because!”

A pearl ncecklace on display.
Mens' ties folded.

Holidays at Auburn’s Art Museum

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Holiday Hours

Spend your holidays here at Auburn’s art museum for our extended holiday hours, where our galleries and gift shop will be open for you and your family to enjoy.

Closed November 23-24
November 25-26: 10-4:30 pm
November 27: 1-4 pm

Closed December 24-25
December 21-23: 1-4 pm
December 27-30: 1-4 pm
Closed December 31-January 1

Regular operations begin on January 3

Detail of Amber Luster Chandelier

Holiday Gift Shop Sales

Give the gift of art! The museum gift shop is taking a 20% off regularly priced merchandise for the holiday season. Museum members can enjoy this discount on December 1, and regular shoppers on December 15 from 10 am to 8 pm.

Family Fun Night

Join us December 15, from 5-8 pm, for some holiday family fun! We’ll be creating cards, wrapping paper and gifts for the holiday season.

Little purses with big personality!

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New Additions to the JCSM Gift Shop

These bags are perfect for summer to grab and go! Stop into the JCSM shop to see the new selection of colorful wristlets and small pouches – both are just big enough to carry the essentials: phone, cards, keys, and lipstick. Made in Colorado with unique jacquard fabrics – woven in US mills – these little bags are sturdy, colorful, and handy. These purses make great gifts!

Mother’s Day and Grad Gifts with an Artistic Flair

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Choose from a well-curated selection one-of-a kind jewelry from local artists and objects from around the country and around the world.

Surprise mom with a unique gift that that she will treasure for years to come.

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Beautiful hand-crafted pens are a new take on a traditional gift for Grads.

Can’t decide on the perfect gift? Gift certificates are available in any amount! The Museum and Shop are both open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m— 4:30 p.m. with additional hours Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Better than Bouquets!

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The Museum Shop has options for Valentine’s Day that are better than flowers for the price of a bouquet of roses.  Give a gift that will last for years to come.

Great Gifts Under $30

Memorable gifts come in many shapes and sizes. Let your personality shine through!

Perfect Presents $60 & Under

Keepsakes $100 & Under

Visit the museum shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the art lovers in your life!

2015–2016 Broadsides are available in the Museum Shop

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Broadside Series

Individual poets featured in the 2015-2016 Third Thursday series are represented in a broadside series. Each broadside (8” x 13”) contains a poem on fine quality paper illustrated by a graphic designer affiliated with Auburn University.

The series has been printed in a limited edition set of 75. The cost of $70 (for a set of all 8 broadsides) includes a portfolio to keep them in. The museum store also sells individual broadsides for $10 each. The series can also be bought online, here.

This is a collaborative project among the Third Thursday Poetry Series, Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction/School of Industrial + Graphic Design, and Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

2015–2016 Broadsides by graphic designer Marcelo Blanco

Third Thursday Poetry Series

On Thursday, January 21, the Third Thursday Poetry Series features poet Richie Hofmann. His first collection of poems, Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015), was winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. The broadside inspired by Hofmann’s Imperial City is shown above.

The poetry program will begin at 6:30 with a brief open mic segment, and Hofmann’s reading will follow.

Take home a little bit of “Hiroshige” from the Shop!

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Walk into the Museum Shop, and take some of the art history home with you! Several items compliment the exhibition, Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido. 

 

You’ll find a wide selection of hand crafted and out of the ordinary items for you, your friends, and the home. By becoming a museum member, you are eligible for select discounts. Gift certificates and complimentary gift wrapping are available.

The Museum Shop is open during the museum’s regular business hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm, with extended hours Thursdays until 8 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Call 334.844.1484 for more information.

Museum Shop offering Membership Week Sale!

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Membership Week Sale August 24-30

All purses, handbags, and travel accessories are 20%off the original price for members, and 10%off the original price for non-members. Please ask in shop for details.

The Fall Membership Drive is Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28. During this time renew or join your membership to JCSM at a 10% discounted rate. Don’t forget to attend the Welcome Back Social, Thursday, August 27 at 5pm! Enjoy discounts, delicious food, live music, and receive at custom T-shirt (while supplies last!). RSVP here.

Spotlight: Collectors Robert B. Ekelund, Jr. and Mark Thornton

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WALT WHITMAN, AGE 37 Frontispiece to "Leaves of Grass," Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY, 1855, steel engraving by Samuel Hollyer from a lost daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison. (This image is is the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.)An excerpt written by Dennis Harper, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions: Auburn collectors Robert B. Ekelund, Jr. and Mark Thornton have a shared passion for art, one that is eclectic in taste, inclusive, and celebratory of the human spirit. Ekelund’s earlier and longtime study of modern Mexican art has gradually given way to a new focus on American art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the period when this young nation began to find its own confident voice in the world. American artists at the turn of the century made a collective turn from emulating European modes to exploring and forging new indigenous idioms. Of course, the melting pot of cultures that composed the United States ensured that the search for modern native expression would take many paths, and be rich and vibrant and contradictory. The American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892) referred to this capacious nature of American society in his preface to Leaves of Grass, describing its rugged, generous, fierce, spiritual, and noble citizenry. He proclaimed, “Americans of all nations at any time upon the earth have probably the fullest poetical nature.” America is itself “the greatest poem.”

The Ekelund/Thornton collection reflects in many ways Whitman’s vision, through examples by George Inness and Gustave Baumann that depict the transcendent beauty of our diverse landscape, to images by George Bellows and Edward Hopper that draw attention to the common man, and compositions by artists ranging from Winslow Homer to Arthur Dove that trace a transition from realism to abstraction. Drawn from the collectors’ wider holdings, The Greatest Poem presents an intimate selection of works that illustrate, as Whitman described it, “the great psalm of the republic.”

When first discussing the potential makeup of an exhibition, Dr. Ekelund was almost apologetic. His collection was so varied, he feared it did not represent the results of a collector with focus. As an economist, he wanted to demonstrate clearly the “rules of the house,” the οἰκονομία, in ancient Greek, that gives name to his and his partner’s profession. Perhaps he was simply too close to the subject, his and Dr. Thornton’s collection, to characterize it empirically. But Ekelund is also an artist. He paints and plays the piano splendidly, and is a writer, so he knows firsthand that beliefs and actions can arise a priori, intuitively. Their collection has come together in that manner, not with an overarching framework for items to be inserted methodically; rather, his acquisitions have occurred after discovering and becoming enthralled by individual works of art. The artists’ attentiveness to an intimate gesture or expressive countenance, the intriguing play of soft light across supple forms, an unexpected combination of colors, or the autographic nature of a line: these distinguishing qualities speak to Ekelund’s sense of aesthetics and perhaps his very nature. Like most serious collectors, he buys only what moves him.

Ekelund’s and Thornton’s holdings can best be described by an excerpt from Whitman’s Book XXIV of Leaves of Grass:

Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night
with any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet
and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.
To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—the
ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?

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