Auburn alumnus establishes fund to collect work by Jewish artists

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Three girls sit on a bed in a silver gelatin print.

Through a major gift to Auburn University, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University has established the Martin Moss Freeman ’77 Fund for Excellence in memory of Shirley and Dr. Alfred Freeman.

IMAGE: Diane Arbus (1923-1971), “Triplets in their bedroom, N.J.”, 1963, Gelatin/Silver on Paper, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, The William Dunlop Collection, 2003.10.

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Visiting The Jule on Game Days

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A trip to Auburn’s art museum is the perfect game day tradition.

The Jule is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including home football game weekends. In addition to engaging exhibitions, shop for unique Auburn-themed gifts in The Museum Store, and stop in for treats by the grazer co + coffee in The Museum Cafe.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Your gift supports Auburn University!


Things to Know Before You Go

On home-game Saturdays, enter the museum lot from Woodfield Drive off South College.

Tell the parking attendants you are visiting the museum.

Take pictures and tag @thejulemuseum as a part of your trip to Auburn!

Questions? Our visitor service associates are happy to help. Call 334.844.1484. Find other ways to make the most of your trip with our visitor’s guide.

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Independent Film Series: Radical Naturalism

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On Thursday nights this summer, venture to The Jule for experimental and creative films, free of charge and open to everyone. Each selection is programmed with “Radical Naturalism.” Award-winning filmmakers explore new relationships with nature, image-making techniques, interview subjects and cultural investigations.

What is “Radical Naturalism?”

Guest curators and contemporary artists inspired by nature consider the environment and conservation by creating new work and researching Auburn’s collection of Audubon etchings and other natural history collections.

Free Admission | Open Auditorium Seating | Donations Welcome and Appreciated

Special Musical Guests on June 2

Lefty Bey
Musical collaborator with artist Tommy Coleman

Austin ‘Lefty’ Bey is a multi-instrumentalist & singer from Baltimore, Maryland. While growing up in West Baltimore, Hip-Hop culture, along with his family influenced Bey to express himself musically. From a relatively early age, Bey spent his time learning to curate sound, producing for acts in Baltimore. Mainly his uncle, Rickie Jacobs; then for himself.


Photo by Nick Hughes
A man holds an electric guitar against a bright backdrop.
A man holds an acoustic guitar while leaning against a graffitied wall.

Sleepy Sword


Photo by Michael Crowe

Produced Exclusively for The Jule

Cinephiles, deck your walls with the film series poster by artist Jason Sturgill. This limited edition screenprint measures 18×24 and is only available in The Museum Store. Your purchases support programs like the Independent Film Series.

Illustrated promotion of the museum's independent film series with dates and film titles
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Museum Maker Summer Camps 2022

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Your child can become a “Museum Maker” this summer with The Jule!

The Museum Maker Summer Camp series offers an interactive artistic growth experience for children ages 8 to 13. We will be hosting 2 separate 1-week camp sessions which vary depending on your child’s age. Read below for more information.

Raiders of the Lost Art (Ages 8-10) – June 27 – July 1, 2022

Campers will uncover art techniques and materials of the past and make connections across time to the work of contemporary artists. Projects will include everything from creating their own paint using natural materials, working with plaster and clay, and 3D printing.

The Art of Game Design (Ages 11-13) – July 18 – 22, 2022

Campers will learn all about the game design process for creating analogue (board and card) games and basic digital games. Students will make their own games and complete working versions of them by the end of camp.

Important Info:

  • Each camp session is 5 days long with each day lasting from 8:30am – Noon.
  • Each session cost $150, with a 10% discount to families signed up with siblings. Use code SUMMER.
  • We will be limiting camp sessions to 10 campers.
  • Campers will supply their own snacks (no nuts) and water bottle.
  • Campers will receive a free t-shirt with registration.
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Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI)

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The Jule is partnering with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums on a national research study to evaluate the social impact museums have on their communities. There is an open call for individuals to participate in the study.

Existing participants are asked to visit three times through May 2022. You can visit the galleries or attend one of our engaging programs. After the final visit, there is a 30-minute online survey your experience.

Those who complete the survey will qualify for a grand prize drawing. Both first-time visitors and regular visitors are welcome to participate.

Submit an application at For questions, contact the museum at 334-844-1484 or email at

DIY Origami Firefly

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John James Audubon filled his artwork with birds and plant life. Look closer: they also contain insects. Drawn life-size, the Audubon prints on view at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art feature tiny bugs that tell us amazing details about the bird’s environment. How many insects can you find?

You can make a firefly using the art of paper folding — origami (aw-ruh-gaa-mee). In traditional origami, artists fold a single paper square into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping or marking the paper. Electricity powers the firefly. The energy travels along a copper tape path – a circuit – from the battery to the light. You can make the firefly blink on and off by breaking the flow along the circuit.

What You’ll Need

Origami paper

Copper tape

3V lithium battery

LED light

Scotch Tape

Part 1: Origami Firefly Construction

Fold the square of paper diagonally, bringing two opposite corners together.

With the right angle facing up, fold the left and right corners up to the center.

Flip vertically, and fold back the top corner to the center. Fold upwards, approximately one centimeter away from your previous fold, creating the head of your firefly.


Take the left and right side corners and fold them towards the center. The origami firefly is now complete.


Part 2: Build the Paper Circuit

We need to fold open the wings to start the paper circuit. To do this, flip your firefly over and fold the wings outward. These folds will allow you to open and close the circuit, turning the lightbulb on and off.


Place your two pieces of copper tape as pictured. Place your battery positive side down on top of the cooper tape on the left.


When securing your battery with Scotch tape, be sure the right side of the battery is exposed. When you close your firefly, the copper tape on the right should touch the battery.


The light bulb has a longer prong and a shorter prong. The longer prong is positive, and the shorter prong is negative. Tape the positive prong on the left piece of copper and the negative prong on the right piece of copper.


Fold your wings. As the copper tape on the right-wing touches the battery, your light should glow. Your firefly and the circuit are complete.

Be sure to post your firefly on Instagram or Facebook, and tag @JCSMAuburn. Explore the “Outside In” through Sunday, January 2, 2022, and experience Audubon etchings alongside specimens from the Museum of Natural History.

We want to hear from you. Submit a question for Nick Cave.

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Artist Nick Cave joins us for a conversation at The Jule on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. His special engagement is presented in conjunction with “Crafting America,” organized by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The galleries are open from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, with a light reception at 6 p.m. on the Terrace. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Participants are welcome and encouraged to pose questions in advance.

Advance registration is required, with auditorium seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Auburn University requires the use of face coverings indoors.

Neat piles of handmade masks

Share Your Craft Story: Crafting During COVID

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I’ve been a crafter my whole life. If it can be made, I’ve tried to make it. Pottery, furniture, baskets, quilts, yarn, cloth… you name it. However, when the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, making things for pleasure fell to the wayside. I got out my sewing machine and started sewing masks.

Nearly 800 hand-crafted masks were mailed out, donated to local efforts, or put on my porch for folks to pick up. My goal was to protect everyone I knew, and anyone else, through crafting. Crafting is folk engineering- it’s taking materials and using them in creative ways to solve problems! Of all my crafts, the masks I made to protect people make me feel the most proud.

Neat piles of handmade masks

Crafting is folk engineering. It's taking materials and using them in creative ways to solve problems!

Chris Schnittka

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