International Arts Center a great choice for summer fun

The International Arts Center is open this summer from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The International Arts Center is open this summer from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you’re looking for a recreational destination this summer, look no further than Troy University’s International Arts Center and the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park.

The International Arts Center is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and features several collections of beautiful art.

The Huo Bao Zhu Gallery, home to revolving exhibits and student shows, is currently housing the Troy University Department of Art and Design’s thesis show.

The Fred “Nall” Hollis Museum features the internationally renowned artist’s life work, along with revolving exhibits.

If you’re visiting the Troy Campus this summer, Hawkins Park is the perfect destination for a family picnic, with an amphitheater, walking trails, lagoon, green space and 200 life-size replica terracotta warrior statues, the largest permanent exhibit of such statues outside of China.

Inside the International Arts Center, visitors can learn more about the warrior statues with the Warriors Unearthed by Frank Marquette interpretive center.

“You have an amazing outdoor space where people can bring their families and have a picnic, and inside they can see Nall’s artwork on exhibit and some of our students’ wonderful art as well,” said International Arts Center curator Carrie Jaxon. “We’ll have a new art exhibit mid-summer as well.”

Jaxon said guided tours are also available with 48 hours’ notice.

“If someone would like to take a guided tour, they can call us in advance and we’d be happy to accommodate them,” she said.

Jaxon said updates on weekend hours will be released on the center’s website.

“This is an amazing collection of art that a lot of people don’t yet realize we have,” Jaxon said. “Those who visit can discover something new about Troy University – a treasure that we have for the community.”

To schedule a guided tour, call Jaxon at 334-808-6412 or email her at