College of Visual and Performing Arts

Academic Units Offering Graduate Programs

School of Art, Design and Art History
Leslie Bellavance, Director

School of Music
Dr. Jeffrey Showell, Director

Mission Statement
The College of Visual and Performing Arts is founded on the belief that artistic expression reveals the essential nature and diversity of human experience. Embracing traditional practices as well as contemporary approaches and technologies, the College provides a stimulating environment in which students create, perform, interpret, research, teach and think critically about the arts.

The College actively supports creative and scholarly endeavors, collaboration between faculty and students, and interdisciplinary exchange. We are committed to making the arts an integral part of the life of the university and advancing their visibility, accessibility and understanding throughout the region and the world.

Goals
The programs in the college are committed to achieving the following common objectives:

Graduate Programs
The College of Visual and Performing Arts provides the following graduate programs:

Resources and Events

artWorks Gallery

Phone: (540) 568-6918

The artWorks Gallery features rotating exhibits of JMU undergraduate and graduate student work. The gallery is managed by students in the School of Art and Art History. Located a short walk from Duke Hall, artWorks is on the second floor of 131 Grace Street, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA. The School of Art and Art History sponsors artWorks Gallery.

Institute for Visual Studies

Dr. David Ehrenpreis, Director
Phone: (540) 568-5656

The Institute for Visual Studies 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, products, and applications by multidisciplinary teams of students and faculty. The Institute for Visual Studies is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts and is a collaboration among faculty representing all colleges at the university.

Madison Art Collection

Dr. Kathryn Stevens, Director
Phone: (540) 568-6934

This collection of more than 3000 art objects features Neolithic through contemporary art pieces. The Madison Art Collection is located in the Festival College Center, Room 2102. For more information access http://www.jmu.edu/madisonart/. The Madison Art Collection is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Masterpiece Season

Phone: (540) 568-7000
Web site: http://www.jmu.edu/cvpa/masterpiece/

Each year the college and its visual/performing arts units present a variety of cultural events for JMU and the entire university community. The Schools of Art and Art History, Music, and
Theatre and Dance all take an active role in this series. In addition to highlighting the talents of JMU faculty and students, Masterpiece Season produces visiting artist programs titled the Encore Series and the Family Series. In recent years, Masterpiece Season has featured such artists as Wynton Marsalis, the Harlem Boys Choir, the Richmond Ballet, Spirit of the Dance and the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet.

New Image Gallery

Phone: (540) 568-6918

New Image Gallery is a professional photography gallery featuring contemporary photography of regional and national significance. New Image Gallery is located on the second floor of 131 Grace Street, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA. New Image Gallery is sponsored by the School of Art and Art History.

Sawhill Gallery

Phone: (540) 568-6918

Sawhill Gallery is a professional art gallery featuring changing exhibitions of international, national and regional significance. In addition to providing exhibitions of contemporary art, a hallmark of the gallery's mission is to demonstrate art's multicultural and interdisciplinary dynamic. Sawhill Gallery is located in Duke Hall, Room 101, at the corner of Main and Grace Streets, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA. Sawhill Gallery is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Art and Art History.

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