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A memorial service celebrating the life of Auburn University alumna and art museum namesake, Jule Collins Smith, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, 901 S. College St. in Auburn.

Following opening remarks by Auburn President Jay Gogue, the commemorative program will celebrate Smith’s legacy which will continue to provide extraordinary educational opportunities through the visual arts for Auburn University and the region. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Seating will be limited. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Aug. 5 to Kate Cole, at (334) 844-1675 or

The museum was named in Smith’s honor after her husband, Albert Smith Jr., gifted funds towards its construction as a 50th wedding anniversary present. In 2003, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art opened its doors to the public.

“Jule, from the very beginning of the museum, threw herself into the project in every way possible,” said advisory board member Robert B. Ekelund Jr. “I well remember her speech outside the trailer on the day the museum was dedicated. She expressed great thanks, of course, for the honor that Albert bestowed upon her, but she went beyond to a vision of what the museum would mean,”

Smith remained a driving force behind the museum until her death on June13. She helped form the museum’s mission to serve both the campus and community.

Today, the museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest professional distinction possible, one held by less than six percent of all museums nationwide. With a growing collection of approximately 2,000 works of art and more than 200 programs and events annually, Jule Collins Smith Museum is one of the leading art museums in the state.

To read Auburn’s original announcement following Smith’s death on June 13, go to this link. To read her obituary in the Houston Chronicle, go to this website.