Upcoming Events

Join us this fall for a special exhibition dedicated to Auburn, Alabama artist Hugh Oliver Williams. The show features a selection of “Wire Drawings” by the late Hugh Williams. The works include large drawings on paper and large three-dimensional wire pieces.

The wire sculptures originally hung on the exterior walls of the artist’s studio on Moore’s Mill Road in Auburn. Also on view are several large watercolor paintings from 1990 and small watercolors from Williams’ earlier “Taos: Najaho Lines” series.

The exhibition will be on display from September 21 to October 27. 

Born in Centre, Alabama, Hugh Williams received his B.A.A. in Applied Art from Auburn University, M.A. in Art from Columbia University, and did additional study at John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and Columbia University. He joined the Auburn University Art faculty in 1957 and was named Alumni Professor of Art in 1987, the only professor to be so honored to date. William’s work is in the permanent collection of the The High Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbia University Art Gallery, Montgomery Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museum of the South Mobile, and the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. Williams formally retired as an Alumni Professor Emeritus of Art in 1992, though continued to run a highly regarded studio locally. His own nationally recognized work ranges from painting and drawing to mixed media sculpture, always with an experimental and visionary approach. He has said, “If you are not willing to take the risk, you stop learning, and it is important as an artist to take on a new adventure.” will be August 19, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center.

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Save the Date: Holiday Art Sale

The Auburn Arts Association and Auburn Parks and Recreation will be hosting its 16th annual Holiday Art Sale on Saturday, November 19th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Town Creek Park. The Holiday Art Sale is a great opportunity to get you in the holiday spirit and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Local artists will be selling their own unique handmade work. Admission is free and open to the public!

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For more information about the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center or any upcoming exhibits and events, you can follow the Auburn Arts Association on Facebook as well as visit www.auburnalabama.org/arts.

Visit the Membership section today to find out how you can become part of the Auburn Arts Association and stay up-to-date on all arts events!

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