Museum Announcements

Promotional graphic for Prince Among Slaves.

Film Screening and Talk with Imam Emeritus, Plemont T. El-Amin

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Please join us for our Community Films and Conversations series featuring the public screening of the documentary, “Prince Among Slaves” and talk by Imam Emeritus, Plemont T. El-Amin.

 Plemon T. El-Amin is the Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the most progressive Mosques in the United States. He is the former director of Atlanta’s Clara Mohammed Elementary School and W. Deen Mohammed High School. Working as a close aide and supporter of the late leader, Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, Imam El-Amin has traveled the nation and the world representing the concerns and interests of Muslim Americans.

Imam El-Amin is the co-founder and director of World Pilgrims, an interfaith organization that engages people of various faith identities with one another through international travel, dialogue, and interaction. World Pilgrims has taken over 500 Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others, into the diverse cultural and religious environs of Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Guatemala, Canada, and Jerusalem, and brought them back to Atlanta as friends and interfaith cohorts.

He has served on various religious and civic councils, including the boards of the Faith Alliance of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, and the Interfaith Children’s Movement. Presently, Imam El-Amin is active on the Boards of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Interfaith Community Initiatives, Truly Living Well Organic Garden, Atlanta Masjid Majlis, Elijah Interfaith Institute, Islamic Speakers Bureau, and the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council.

Imam Plemon T. El-Amin performed the greater Pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca in 1978 and in 2006 with his wife, Cassandra Scott El-Amin. He attended Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and is a graduate of Harvard University.


Community Films and Conversations is an annual series that brings together diverse groups from the surrounding community to conversations and greater understanding. Each screening is followed by a discussion and coffee reception. We thank the International Women for Peace and Understanding for co-hosting this event.

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University

Holiday Hours at JCSM for 2017

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Museum Hours of Operation

Spend your holidays here at Auburn’s art museum with our special holiday hours. Galleries and the Museum Shop will be open for you and your family to enjoy. The Lethander Art Path and Museum Grounds also offer nearly 20 pieces of sculpture to walk and explore.

The Museum Cafe will close at 2pm on Thursday, December 14.

The museum will be closed for the Christmas holiday from Sunday, Dec. 24- Tuesday, Dec 26.

We will reopen on Wednesday, Dec 27 from 10-4:30 pm.

We will also be closed for New Years from Sunday, Dec 31 – Tuesday, Jan 2
We will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 3 from 10-4:30 pm.

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.
Exterior photo of buildlng

Museum Improvements Project – Summer 2017

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Guided by a comprehensive strategic building plan, and with the management of Auburn’s Office of the University Architect, JCSM is addressing the need for improved educational, storage and public spaces necessary for a 21st-century museum. During the summer of 2017, contractors will renovate collections storage areas to accommodate current holdings and plan for future growth, as well as rectify acoustic, lighting and temperature concerns in the Grand Gallery, Rotunda, Dwight and Helen Carlisle Lobby and Museum Café.

Project Timeline

April 17

Permanent collection galleries close

Curatorial staff begin preliminary work

April 30

Closing date of Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here

May 5

Last café service until fall

May 8

Museum closes to public

Susan Phillips Gardens & Lethander Art Path remain open


Operations resume

New exhibitions open: Leo Twiggs, Permanent Collection

Oct. 6

Opening reception of
Out of the Box:
A Juried Outdoor
Sculpture Exhibition and exhibition with Jean Shin

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the last day I can visit the museum galleries, cafe and shop?

A: The last day to view permanent collection artwork is Sunday, April 16. The closing day for Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here is Sunday, April 30.

The museum and Museum Shop will close to the public at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The final Museum Cafe service for the summer is Friday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Museum Shop will have select items available online for purchase via Auburn University Marketplace. Please call 334-844-3084 for assistance.

Q: When can I visit the museum again?

The construction inside the building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017, with regular operations resuming on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. Exhibitions on view will include the exhibition Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel and permanent collection selections. Our community celebration of Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is slated for Friday, Oct. 6. Juror Jean Shin will also exhibit her work inside the museum.

Any date changes will be posted to our website and publicized within the community. We hope you will continue to enjoy our grounds, including the Susan Phillips Gardens and Lethander Art Path. There are seven sculptures on our grounds.

Q: Will I be able to contact university art museum staff members?

A: The museum staff will continue to report from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please see our staff directory or call 334-844-1484.

Q: What about hosting my special event at the museum?

A: Bookings will continue for the fall 2017-2018 special event season and beyond. Please contact Lauren Horton, special events coordinator, at 334-844-3488 or

Q: What summer art club programming will the museum offer?

A: The museum will remain active with K-12 participants through City of Auburn partnerships with Camp Kaleidoscope, Therapeutic Recreation Camps and other outreach programs. We also plan to participate in the City of Auburn’s Summernight Downtown Art Walk.

Q. If I am an area K-12 teacher or faculty member, can I still arrange my class tours for the fall semester?

A: Yes, we have an online form to assist you, you may contact, or call 334-844-3486. All guided tours must be requested at least two weeks in advance.

Q. How will the museum keep the community engaged and informed about the project?

A: Relevant construction status updates will be posted to the news page. We also invite you to connect with @JCSMAuburn on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Q: What will the museum staff do while the galleries are closed?

A: Staff at JCSM will still have access to the museum’s collections and will take this opportunity to focus on collections assessment and maintenance, as well as planning events to celebrate our reopening and other exciting programs.

Q. What if I need to access the museum collections?

A: The museum has an online database for the permanent collections. Because JCSM holds the permanent collection in public trust we will take every opportunity to provide researchers access to works of art not currently on view, but this must be done as a pre-arranged appointment. Please remember that some works of art may not be available due to outgoing loans, conservation concerns, or other considerations. Special access is not guaranteed, and is at the discretion of the curatorial staff.

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.

JCSM Honors Art Museum Day on May 18 with the Association of Art Museum Directors

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As a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, JCSM is observing Art Museum Day on Wed., May 18, 2016. To schedule a tour, call 334-844-3486.

The purpose of the Association of Art Museum Directors is to support its members in increasing the contribution of art museums to society. The AAMD accomplishes this mission by establishing and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice, serving as forum for the exchange of information and ideas, acting as an advocate for its member art museums, and being a leader in shaping public discourse about the arts community and the role of art in society.

Spring JULE available online now!

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Sometimes snafus happen. When they do, regardless of fault, we at JCSM strive to make things right for our members and friends. That’s why we’re offering the spring issue of JULE  online. Our mailing was unfortunately delayed beyond our control, but members should receive copies to their homes soon. In the meantime, learn about all our happenings this semester from the convenience of your desktop or mobile device. You can also pick up a physical copy from our front desk on your next visit. We regret any inconvenience, and thank you in advance for understanding.


Click the image on the right to view the spring issue of JULE.

Museum offering special holiday hours November 24–29

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A reminder that the museum will be open for most of this week with special holiday hours! The Café will be closed this week, returning to normal operations next Tuesday, December 1. Admission is free courtesy of JCSM business partners. Thank you for visiting JCSM.

Tuesday, November 24: 10–4:30 pm

Wednesday, November 25: Closed

Thursday, November 26: Closed

Friday, November 27: Special holiday hours from 10–4 pm

Saturday, November 28: Special holiday hours from 10–4 pm

Sunday, November 29: Special holiday hours from 1–4 pm


*** Reminder: Don’t forget to stop by the Museum shop! November 24 & 27-29, purses & travel accessories will be 20% off.

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.

Ticket Registration is currently down.

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We regret any inconvenience, but we are experiencing some technical difficulty with our online ticketing system, Eventbrite. We are working to correct the problem. Please note registration for tickets via Eventbrite is encouraged, but not required to attend our regular Thursday and Sunday museum programs. Auditorium seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; we recommend that you arrive early and fill in all available seating to serve as many visitors as possible.

Thank you for your patience and for your interest in JCSM.

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