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Over the next two months, the ongoing series of artist and curator art café talks held on select Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, will feature presentations by an acclaimed group of Auburn faculty members exhibiting for “AU VI: Art and Art History Department Studio Faculty Exhibition,” Feb. 9 through April 7. This triennial event showcases the recent creative efforts of Auburn’s diverse and talented art and art history professors. The art café talks are an opportunity for students and the general public to become more familiar with the personalities and processes that inspired the works of the exhibition. Guests can relax in the Museum Café, order food and drink and enjoy the lecture or presentation. Each series is followed by a question and answer session and casual conversation with the artist.

The next four art cafés will be devoted to artists from the faculty exhibition. On Feb. 14, visual artists Barb Bondy, Alexandra Giannell and Lauren Woods will conduct a three-person group discussion to elaborate on their artistic focuses and the works they are exhibiting at AU VI. This will be followed on Feb. 28 with a presentation by Jonathan Durham about his sculpture and multimedia installations. On March 7, photographer Chuck Hemard will deliver a talk concerning his recent project “The Pines.” Hemard’s presentation will be followed by a book signing by the artist. As a variation on the regular lecture format, on April 4 printmaker Noah Breuer will guide guests through a hands-on printmaking workshop in the Grand Gallery.

Each art café starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Food and beverages are available at the Museum Café.