JMU's Sawhill Gallery Opens in Warren Hall

Sawhill Gallery Opens in Warren Hall

Sawhill Gallery showcases outstanding art by JMU students and faculty and guest artists

Patrons of the visual arts at James Madison University can enjoy a new venue for the long-popular Sawhill Gallery beginning Feb. 20. That's when the gallery, which showcases outstanding art by JMU students and faculty and guest artists, opens in a new space on the fourth floor of Warren Hall on campus.

According to director Gary Freeburg, the space is 850 square feet and "fabulous." "I wanted to open it (the gallery) up as much as possible, which includes the ceiling, the walls and the floor." Freeburg says the open space allows for more hanging space and a safe and comfortable workspace for students.

The Sawhill Gallery first opened in 1976 after JMU language professor Dr. John A. Sawhill donated his art collection to the university. The gallery was in Duke Hall until December 2011, and will return to Duke Hall after the building's renovation is completed in Fall 2014.

Carrie Spencer, a JMU master of fine arts degree candidate, is the first artist to exhibit work in the new space. "Domestic Bliss," a display of ceramic sculpture and mixed media, runs Feb. 20-29. An opening reception is planned Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Other exhibits throughout the spring semester are:
March 12-22: Colleen Pendry, MFA candidate, mixed media/photography
March 26-April 5: Dymphna de Wild, MFA candidate, sculpture/installation/video
April 9-19: Jason Anderson, MFA candidate, photography

The Sawhill Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Parking is available in the Warsaw Parking Deck.

Contact Jen Kulju, public relations coordinator at the Forbes Center, at (540) 568-4394 or by email at

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