I supported the Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe exhibition at Auburn because paintings from the period of 1600 to 1800 are a strong representation of fine art on a worldwide scale. Having such a collection on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art allows those who might not have traveled to other parts of the country, or even the world, to experience these historic works. In studying them, students are able to expand the horizons of their education. My own experience tells me that these types of encounters broaden your scope of world activities.
There’s no doubt that having a top university art museum says something extremely positive about Auburn as a town and a university. Creating such opportunities for an appreciation and understanding of fine art is a resource not available at most universities in the state. I am passionate about supporting the museum at Auburn because I believe higher education is essential to equip all students and friends of the museum with better capabilities for our nation’s future.