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Exhibition Dates:

October 4, 2014-January 25, 2015
Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Galleries

November 20, 5 pm
Artist Talk: Billy Renkl

JCSM is pleased to present the work of Auburn University alumnus Billy Renkl, ‘85. Prompted by passages in Henry David Thoreau’s journals, each piece in this exhibition begins with the artist’s deliberate, personal reading of Thoreau’s writing. Using found paper and illustrations from myriad sources ranging from used books and postcards to legal documents, Renkl garners meaning from his materials. The resulting object reverberates with Thoreau’s language and Renkl’s experience of thinking about and interpreting Thoreau. Together in the exhibition, the thirty pieces become a visual and linguistic conversation between Henry David Thoreau and Billy Renkl.

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Object Lab: Monument Maquettes

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Students in courses, Sculpture as Space and Themes in Contemporary Sculpture at Auburn University, led by Associate Professor Kristen Tordella-Williams, researched and proposed contemporary monuments in response to the exhibition Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French. The students researched, proposed, and built maquettes of future monuments that fill in historical gaps and celebrate marginalized communities and spaces.

August 3, 2023

Chris Barraza, “Into Space”

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.