After visiting the Auburn University campus, we stopped by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts that is on the campus.
There are 7 exhibition galleries, an auditorium, cafe, and museum shop in the 40,000 square foot interior space.
The focus of the artwork here is 19th and 20th century American and European art. The museum is named for the wife of a 1947 Auburn graduate who donated $3M as a gift to her on their 50th wedding anniversary. Here is a photo of her that hangs in the entryway.
Here are some of the works of art that we saw (that I particularly like). The first are from this exhibit.
Lunch Time (2011) and Bats (2009).
And here are some additional pieces that we particularly liked.
First Communion, Birge Harrison, 1882.
Mother and Her Child in a Village, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1890.
Serenade, Frank Fleming, 2013.
Hank Williams, Honky Tonk Man, Roger Brown,1990.
Still Life with Papayas ad Clementines, Beth Lipman, 2013.
And my absolute favorite, Amber Luster, Dale Chihuly, 2003. We have seen many pieces by the master of glass, and this one is just gorgeous. (Be sure to look up when you walk into the lobby of the museum!)
There are also sculptures on the grounds of the museum (7 acres) as well as a lake.
The Lost Bird Project, Todd McGrain, 2007. This sculpture is of five extinct birds, Passenger Pigeon, Heath Hen, Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, and Labrador Duck. Each bronze figure is 6' tall and weighs 700 pound. Loved it!
Corona, Lin Emery, 2003
Penelope Awaiting the Chamberlain, John Himmelfarb, 2013.
Dreams of Flying, Robbie Barber, 2011.
Admission is free to the museum. We enjoyed it very much!