The Duke Hall renovation and new addition are now complete. Duke Hall houses programs in ceramics, fibers, foundations, metals and jewelry, printmaking, sculpture, art education, and painting and drawing.
MEMORIAL HALL ARTS COMPLEX
Located just north of Memorial Hall, this building contains the photography program. The photo facilities include a black and white darkroom that supports traditional, experimental and large format photography, a digital lab with large format printers is used for digital, color and mixed traditional-digital processes, and a separate space available for alternative processes exposing and printing. There is a general classroom with critique space and a finishing room with mat cutters and a drymount press. The studios are well equipped and support a creative approach to the use of photography, and additionally, a variety of cameras, including large format, digital and toy cameras, and lighting equipment is available for checkout.
The Studio Center, a thoroughly modernized and renovated two-story warehouse of nearly 35,000 square feet, opened in the Fall of 2002. Located within 4-5 minute walking distance from Duke Hall, the Studio Center provides well-lit, specialized instructional spaces for numerous art programs in an environment that meets today’s high standards for health and safety ventilation. Studio areas housed in the Studio Center are JMU’s Achitectural Design program and Industrial Design. Faculty offices, and large exhibition and presentation/critique areas complete a building that offers nearly unlimited access to art students at any time of the day or night through an electronic card system. Renovations were completed in December 2014.
DUKE HALL GALLERY OF FINE ART
Located in Duke Hall, this space features the school’s main professional gallery along with student intern work areas and storage spaces. The school’s gallery director’s office is also located in this space.
Located at 131 Grace Street, within a short walk from Duke Hall, artWorks Gallery is a loft space located in the former Graves Electric building. artWorks is JMU’s student-run gallery, exhibiting work by undergraduate and graduate students. The gallery features moveable walls; hardwood floors; large windows; and a high, open ceiling. Exhibits change, on average, every two weeks. Opening receptions are held on the first Monday of each show from 5-7pm. Regular gallery hours are held during the academic year only: Monday – Thursday, 12-5pm; Friday and Saturday, 12-4pm; Closed Sunday. For information on exhibitions and to verify hours of operation, please call 540.568.7175. Exhibitions in the artWorks Gallery are sponsored by the School of Art, Design and Art History.
NEW IMAGE GALLERY
Located at 131 Grace Street, housed in a separate room just off of artWorks Gallery, New Image Gallery features contemporary photography by regional, national, and international artists. Regular gallery hours are held during the academic year only: Monday – Thursday, 12-5pm; Friday and Saturday, 12-4pm; Closed Sunday. For information on exhibitions and to verify hours of operation, please call 540.568.7175. Exhibitions in New Image Gallery are sponsored by the School of Art, Design and Art History.
MADISON ART COLLECTION
The Madison Art Collection is located on the east side of campus across Interstate 81, and is housed within the JMU College Center. The Madison Art Collection is a modern facility designed much like a small museum to present and maintain exceptional cultural objects of inherent art historical or aesthetic value and to promote their usefulness in education, exhibition, and research. The Madison Art Collection is open to the public, and regularly hosts class visits from students throughout the central Shenandoah region.
INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES
The Institute for Visual Studies (IVS) at James Madison University is a center for scholarly, scientific and creative inquiry into the nature and workings of images. An incubator of new ideas, the institute fosters discovery, and the generation of artworks, scholarly products, and applications by multidisciplinary teams of students and faculty. IVS is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm and by appointment. For more information, please call 540-568-5656.