Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art to host ‘Bernini Blowout’ featuring award-winning 3D street artist Tracy Lee Stum on May 20

Family-friendly event to include giveaways, special appearances
Published: May 13, 2021
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The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will host a family-friendly “Bernini Blowout” celebration from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, as a send-off for its latest traveling exhibition, “Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia.”

A full day of art, fun food and more is planned, headlined by award-winning 3D street artist Tracy Lee Stum. Stum will be recreating one of the Bernini masterpieces as a large-scale chalk piece in front of the museum’s reflecting pool over the course of the two days prior to the event.

Stum’s work has been featured around the globe, including the Super Bowl, the Olympics, Katy Perry and Honda’s iconic ‘The Impossible Made Possible’ commercial, among others. Stum holds a Guinness World Record for the largest chalk painting by an individual.

Additionally, the event will feature a wide variety of entertainment and appearances, including a kids’ art area with tips from Stum, music from DJ Rick Hendrick of 95.1 The Fox, small bites courtesy of Ariccia Cucina Italiana, giveaways, a selfie wall and even a special appearance by Aubie.

“This event is the first of many in which we are reintroducing in-person programs with interactive and hands-on activities,” said Cindi Malinick, director and chief curator of the museum. “With a welcoming and engaging environment, our hope is that those who have never visited or haven’t in a while will check out this fresh approach.”

Tickets to the event are $25 per person, with children 12 and under and current Auburn University students admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased online or at the event. Face coverings are required inside the museum and encouraged on the grounds when physical distancing is not possible.

“Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia” is an exhibition that comprehensively maps the rich spectrum of genres and pictorial styles that characterize Baroque aesthetics and illuminates the influence of Gian Lorenzo Bernini across the Baroque movement. The exhibit is organized by Glocal Project Consulting and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

About the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University
The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art welcomes everyone to explore, experience and engage with the visual arts. Its six exhibition galleries, a 100+ seat auditorium, museum shop and 50+ seat café and terrace on College Street with views overlooking a pond and the Gogue Performing Arts Center offer students, faculty and staff, as well as the entire southeast region, opportunities to engage in a wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture, prints and other works.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.