Welcome to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art website
2018 will be full of wonderful opportunities for those who have come to rely on JCSM for unique art and cultural experiences. This year we mark the museum’s 15th anniversary and we thank our namesake, Jule Collins Smith and her family as well as the many other patrons and friends who made the dream of a university art museum at Auburn University become a reality. We also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the significant acquisition of the Advancing American Art Collection from an auction of war surplus materials. This collection has provided an invaluable visual arts resource of American modernism for our students, faculty and community but it also set into motion the need to establish a university art museum for the future. We are grateful to those who had the foresight to bring the reality of a great collection and a great art museum to our great university.
We hope that all the information you are looking for and more is easily accessible through our website and that you get a good idea of all that our museum has to offer. We encourage you to browse our significant collections, preview our special exhibitions and discover our many educational opportunities. As an integral part of Auburn University and the Auburn community we pride ourselves as having the distinctive location of being an anchor of the cultural gateway to campus. Our museum’s mission reflects that of the university as our focus is on instruction, outreach and research. At JCSM we believe that Art Changes Lives and we work hard in every way to make that happen for our diverse audiences.
We hope to inspire you to join us and generously help us maintain our ability to make a difference on this campus and in this community. We are grateful for your memberships and donations that ensure that JCSM will continue to serve Auburn well into the future.
If you have been one of our 30,000 + annual visitors, we hope you had a wonderful experience and plan to come back often. If you have not yet visited JCSM, we hope you can do so in the very near future. With our changing exhibitions, over 200 extraordinary programs a year, superb café and delightful gift shop, we pretty much have something for everyone. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Marilyn Laufer, PhD, director