We’re happy to announce that University Ace Hardware is one of the supporters of our Museum Homecoming Tailgate on Friday, October 2! The community-wide event celebrating the opening of Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition  is open to all ages and will include sculpture tours, art and family activities, a tiger bounce house for kids, a grand prize giveaway, and delicious food and beverage options from local favorites. Cash is preferred, we ID. No outside food or drinks allowed.

Help us get a headcount for the Museum Homecoming Tailgate by registering for your FREE tickets. 

University Ace Hardware will be handing out free T-shirts as well offering a grand prize giveaway!


Enter for a chance to win a prize package worth up to $500 from our friends at University Ace Hardware! The winner gets to pick from one of the following:

  • Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler (pictured: left)
  • Husqvarna Chainsaw
  • Patio Furniture Set

Participants must enter on-site for a chance to win. Winner does not need to be present at time of announcement, but must pick up prize within one week of event (by October 9, 2015).

Community support is essential to what we do.

“At University Ace we think it is important to support Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art because it is one of the most important assets in our community by introducing kids and adults alike to the transforming power of art,” said Shalisa Grantham, company spokesperson.

Members and donors provide essential support that enables us to bring a wide range of visual art programs and exhibitions to the Auburn community. We rely heavily on the generosity of our donors, as a majority of our exhibitions, educational programs, and outreach activities are privately funded. This generosity goes beyond financial support in the forms of participation at events, promoting the museum, and strengthening relationships throughout the community. We welcome and appreciate the financial support of all Auburn alumni, as well as patrons of the arts in East Alabama and beyond.

For more on how you can support JCSM, please contact the Development Office at 334.844.1675.

About Us

“In March of 2012, David and Carolyn Fichtner along with their children Ilga (17), Ina (17), Michael (15), Jonathan (15) and Anne (15) decided to bring Ace Hardware to the Auburn/Opelika community. The Fichtner’s purchased the old “Yellow” building next to the movie theater and have been working on a complete renovation of the interior, exterior, parking lot and landscaping. The renovations are almost complete and the new store, University Ace Hardware, will be opening on February 12, 2013.

David Fichtner manages the day to day operations of the store. “We are so excited to be able to open University Ace Hardware. We look forward to being a true hometown hardware store for Auburn/Opelika and the surrounding communities. We live in this community and we love this community and we are excited to meet the demands for a locally owned convenient hardware store and garden center. Our commitment is to provide a diverse array of products and services with the most ‘helpful folks’ around!”

See more on their website. 

JCSM would like to thank our sponsors for Out of the Box, whose generous support helps make this exhibition possible: Julian Roberts Haynes, in memory of Dr. Lucile McGehee Haynes, Grace and David E. Johnson, and the Susan Phillips Educational Gift Fund.

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