December: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University sets holiday programs

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University will be open on Friday, Nov. 23-Sat., Nov. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 26-Saturday, Dec. 29. Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to special hours, the museum will present Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Martin-Perricone Auditorium. Registration for Thursday’s showing is closed, but free tickets are still available to reserve online for Wednesday. A reception will follow both viewings.

In “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a discouraged businessman sees what the world would be like if he had never been born with the help of an angel. The film, staring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in 1947 and ranked number 31 out of 250 top films on www.imdb.com.

“For years, this holiday classic was shown on television,” said Charlotte Hendrix, the museum’s marketing and communications specialist, in a news release. “Now, the audience can have the unique experience of seeing the film in a theater environment on the big screen with family and friends.”

More information on the film and a listing of holiday hours are both available at www.jcsm.auburn.edu .

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University houses approximately 2,000 works of art ranging from traditional to contemporary. The museum stands as the center of visual arts for the Auburn community and has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors since opening in 2003. Admission is free.