Art exhibitions highlighting ‘Auburn Experience’ to open at museum on Jan. 28

Published: January 21, 2022

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Students, faculty and the community are invited to visit new exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University from Friday, Jan. 28, through Sun. July 31. The organizing theme highlights the “Auburn Experience,” with a broad range of contemporary artistic styles and voices.

“Faculty Exhibition Seven” features more than 20 remarkable and noteworthy artists from the Department of Art and Art History, the School of Industrial and Graphic Design, the College of Human Sciences and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The museum also will launch a new series, “Radical Naturalism,” considering the fragile environment and efforts to restore it. “Radical Naturalism – Tommy Coleman ‘A New Nature & my problem with the vessel’” features 30 new drawings and sculptures from guest curator Tommy Coleman paired with an unconventional installation of 16 Audubon etchings.

The museum is extending its campus collaboration with the School of Industrial and Graphic Design and will exhibit guitar designs and prototypes developed in “FretHaus,” a senior thesis design studio. “Object Lab” features the museum collection and offers the campus a means of engagement through interactive features. Related academic programs are presented throughout the winter/spring semester. Faculty from all disciplines also are invited to schedule classes or direct individual students for self-paced viewing.

The museum is located at 901 S. College St., and admission is free. For more information, go to or call 334-844-1484.

Submitted by: Charlotte Hendrix

A burned book.

A book with scorched pages lies open in a sculptural installation. It is a piece from Auburn University Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Kristen Tordella-Williams and is part of an ongoing series called "Burnt Books."