July 10 – 14: Museum Maker Summer Camp 2023

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8:30 am – 12:00 pm Each Day (Early Drop off available at 8:00 am)

For ages 11 – 13

Price: $150 (Use promo code SUMMER for siblings at checkout.)

The Art of Game Design 

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.

Have any questions? Please contact Christy Barlow, PreK-12/Family Programs Manager at



Cody Mejeur is Assistant Professor of Game Studies at the University at Buffalo. They have published on teaching with games, identity in games, and video game narratives and player experiences, and they are currently the game director for Trans Folks Walking, a narrative game about trans experiences. Their research has been featured at many international conferences and events, including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Pictoplasma, and their games have been exhibited at Science Gallery Detroit and Meaningful Play. They are Director of the Narrative for Social Justice (N4SJ) Initiative with the International Society for the Study of Narrative and work with the LGBTQ Video Game Archive on preserving and visualizing LGBTQ representation. They are editor at One Shot: A Journal of Critical Games & Play and serve as Diversity Officer for the Digital Games Research Association.

June 1: Common Grounds

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6 – 7 p.m.

Art, coffee, and conversation Thursday nights at the Jule. Every week will feature a new host or presentation to guide attendees through a casual conversation about arts and culture.


This Week:

Michelle Browder, Artist, Activist, and Founder, Anarcha, Lucy, Betsey Monument: Mothers of Gynecology, Montgomery

Instagram handle: @anarchalucybetsey

The erection of the “Mothers of Gynecology” monument honors the sacrifice of Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey, the enslaved experimental subjects of the socalled “father of gynecology,” J. Marion Sims. The monument stands not far from where Sims’s dastardly experiments were conducted. Drawing on a comprehensive reexamination of Sims’s career, and neverbeforeseen archival documents that reveal the lives and fates of Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey, the “Mothers of Gynecology” acts as a first step toward teaching and reimagining the true story of the nation, facing the injustice of the past and honoring the courage of overlooked heroes.

For nearly 35 years, Michelle has used art, history, and “real talk” conversations to mentor marginalized and disfavored students through visual arts and spoken word. She has created and branded art diversion programs used by juvenile detention centers in Atlanta, Georgia and
Montgomery, Alabama.

Michelle’s art has been shown in galleries across the country notably the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. She has painted for Tyler Perry, Denzel Washington, and countless other stars. She opened a gallery and restaurant called PJR’S FISH AND BBQ RESTAURANT that employed high school students, returning citizens, and the homeless. Michelle has traveled across the country speaking and motivating our children to be More Than a statistic, generalization, or stereotype. She challenges all children and students to defy the odds of victimization.

Today, Michelle is the founder and director of I AM MORE THAN… Youth Empowerment Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. She owns and operates More Than Tours, a social business providing educational tours for nearly 10,000 underserved students in marginalized communities of color. Michelle’s mission is simple, “Exposing Our Children To The Truth, Will Give Them Access To A Seat At The Table.”

DJ Jihaari mix for The Jule

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DJ Jihaari mixtape for the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, December 2022

Walk though the museum and listen to this mix, it is designed to go alongside the exhibitions on view in December, 2022 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.

Start in the Radical Naturalism exhibition with Donny Hathaway “Someday We’ll All Be Free” – D’Angelo “Real Love” – Ramp “I Just Love you” …

Then start listening to the Kinsey Collection with Eugene McDaniels “Freedom Death Dance” through to the track by Sly and the Family Stone “You can Make it if You Try” …

Then listen to the RaMell Ross exhibition starting with J Dilla “Glazed/Give Peace a Chance” alongside the sculpture “Propinquiry; Horizon of the Thing Witnessed” and work your way to the large sculpture “Return to Origin” for the last song by Earth Wind And Fire.

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
A group of children smile together in a museum gallery.

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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