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A rough and well-loved wooden footstool with the name Amy Cates carved on the top.

Share Your Craft Story: “Memorial”

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Amy Cates

My Uncle Travis made and engraved this wooden stool as a gift for my second birthday. He died in Vietnam two months before my third birthday. As a little girl, I set it across my knees and used it as a lunch table while I watched cartoons, but I also found its great versatility as a stage for my Barbies’ performances and a step stool to reach high places like kitchen cabinets and bathroom mirror.

Over the years, the grooves of the lettering softened, and the stool’s utility expanded to serve as a small bookshelf, a lunch table for my own kids to fight over, and a thing to tuck away, out of sight. It had aged to the point of being a fragile memorial best kept under a bed or on a high shelf in a closet. In recent years, I determined a memorial is best seen and shared, not preserved between old quilts and forgotten cardboard boxes. This sturdy little thing now resides in my home office, and some days, it finds its way under my desk, where I put it to work as a footstool.

A rough and well-loved wooden footstool with the name Amy Cates carved on the top.

A memorial is best seen and shared, not preserved between old quilts and forgotten cardboard boxes.

Amy Cates
An embroidered dog with a rubber ball and a number 5 from a clock.

Share Your Craft Story: “Memories from the Land of Ro”

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Ro Gilbert-Eyke, Studio 222 member

I am a fiber artist. This is one of my favorite quilts. It’s called “Memories From the Land of Ro,” and it is a map of my childhood home. I belong to Studio 222, and this quilt was made for one of our shows at the Jan Dempsey Art Center. The theme of the show was “Woodlands.” I was required to use a particular fabric, but I could create whatever I liked. I sewed items onto the quilt, including jewelry charms, numbers from a grandfather clock, sticks, wire, a toy truck, and iron-on patches. I wanted to make this quilt because while my mother still owns the land, she sold the timber, which altered it dramatically. I wanted to share my memories with my family to have a visual representation of my life.

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A textured hand-sewn quilt with affixed jewelry, charms, toys and clock numbers.

I wanted to share my memories with my family so that they would have a visual representation of my life.

Ro Gilbert-Eyke
An embroidered dog with a rubber ball and a number 5 from a clock.
An embroidered fox hides behind a plastic toy tree on a quilt.
A soft handmade sweater in a warm and cheery yellow.

Share Your Craft Story: A Gift for Mommy

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joyce gillie gossom, Museum Advisory Board Chair

This was the first garment I ever knitted. Completed over the course of 3-years, I began soon after learning to knit in 3rd grade and completed it in April of 6th grade. It was a birthday gift for mommy who kept and wore it at work for 30-years, then wore it during her health battle until her death. The value is priceless because it still is the only garment I’ve ever knitted or crocheted that has absolutely no mistakes. I wanted it to be perfect for her because she was perfect to me.

A soft handmade sweater in a warm and cheery yellow.

I wanted it to be perfect for her because she was perfect to me.

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Museum staff install an artwork.

Behind-the-Scenes of Exhibition Changeout

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Closed for Exhibitions Changeout:

June 1, 2021-June 28, 2021
Museum Grounds Remain Open

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The Jule’s museum professionals are getting an exciting new slate of exhibitions ready for you.

After an exhibition closes, considerable conservation and construction work takes place. A gallery changeout can take anywhere from a few days to three weeks depending on the scale of the exhibition and gallery size. Artwork is removed, walls are repaired and temporary displays are constructed by the preparators. The registrar and curatorial assistant document conditions, handle the artwork for transport and work closely with lenders and cultural institutions on agreements. Designers, educators and curators finalize gallery resources and interpretation. Pieces are loaded in, carefully hung and finishing touches applied. Now, it’s showtime!

It takes a skilled team to produce high-quality exhibitions like the ones you see on your visit. It’s our pleasure each and every time you explore, experience and engage.

Exhibition Extras: “Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini”

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This engraving is the earliest verified and reliable depiction of Bernini, first appearing as the frontispiece for a biography about him. In this work, the young artist wears the Portuguese Order of the Cross of Christ, a coveted decoration conferred on him by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. Unlike later depictions, he is portrayed with short hair.

“Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia” is organized by Glocal Project Consulting and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Giovan Battista Gaulli, called “Il Baciccio” and Arnold Van Westerhout
Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, c. 1680
Burin on paper
Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia

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Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1622, Burin and drypoint on paper,

Exhibition Extras: “Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini”

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This engraving is the earliest verified and reliable depiction of Bernini, first appearing as the frontispiece for a biography about him. In this work, the young artist wears the Portuguese Order of the Cross of Christ, a coveted decoration conferred on him by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. Unlike later depictions, he is portrayed with short hair.

 

“Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia” is organized by Glocal Project Consulting and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1622, Burin and drypoint on paper,

Ottavio Leoni
“Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini” 1622
Burin and drypoint on paper
Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia

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A man in rich papal robes reclines in a chair, looking to his right

Exhibition Extras: “Portrait of Cardinal Flavio Chigi”

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How would you pose to say to the world that you are in command and powerful? Look closely at the subject.

Ferdinand Voet’s painting is sophisticated in its pictorial fluency and vitality—as shown by the angle of the face, which gazes to the left and away, beyond the frame of the picture. Its 1998 restoration established the artist’s use of tempera paint for both the red curtain and the background as well as light, diluted brushstrokes to emphasize the figure in the foreground. The piece, which exists in several copies, epitomizes the official image of Alexander VII’s “cardinal nepote,” or cardinal nephew. Flavio Chigi, together with his cousin Agostino, were Voet’s most important patrons.

“Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia” is organized by Glocal Project Consulting and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

A Catholic cardinal reclines in an ornate chair.

Ferdinand Voet
“Portrait of Cardinal Flavio Chigi,” 1670
Oil on canvas
Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia

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Galleries temporarily closed for exhibition changeout

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Following well-received presentations during the fall 2020 semester, museum staff members prep for the new academic year with an impressive exhibition schedule that juxtaposes media, techniques, viewpoints and historical time periods.

The galleries are closed to the public through Tuesday, February 9, 2021; however, the museum grounds remain open with the extension of “Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” through March 7, 2021. Face coverings are required on the grounds in accordance with “A Healthier U.”

The Museum Shop is now available online with convenient shipping.

Coming Soon

Outside In

February 9, 2021 through May 30, 2021

The Summer, 1658-59

Bernini and the Roman Baroque
Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia

February 9, 2021 through May 30, 2021

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Operations schedule announced for the holidays and new year

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The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is closed Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Friday, December 25, 2020 and Thursday, December 31, 2020 through January 1, 2021.

Auburn University staff break for the holidays on Friday, December 18, 2020 and will return on Monday, January 4, 2021. The museum is closed to the public from January 5, 2021 through January 18, 2021 for exhibition changeouts.

The new exhibition schedule opens to the public on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

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