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About the Lisanby

Located in the lower level of the Festival Conference and Student Center in room 1108, the James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum houses rotating exhibits drawn from the Madison Art Collection. 

Hours & Parking:
The Lisanby is open during the fall and spring semesters Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm.  Non-JMU Visitor Metered Parking is now available across the street from Festival in Lot C12 behind the bus stop.

10/19/15 - 10/23/15
11/23/15 - 11/27/15
12/14/15 - 1/19/16

3/1/16 - 3/11/16
Closed 4/29/16 through the summer

Group visits
Contact Mrs. Melanie Brimhall ( or 540-568-2661) to schedule a group visit for 30 people or less.  Please indicate if you wish a guided tour.

Study Center
Featuring objects from the ancient world to the present day, these cases display pieces from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. Faculty may request specific objects to be included for the upcoming academic year by contacting Dr. Kate Stevens ( or 540-568-5577) before August.

On Exhibit

Bridge of Dreams: Buddhism, History, and Society in the Ukiyo-e Prints of Edo Japan
Exhibit Dates: 9/8/15 - 10/16/15
About the Exhibition:  Ukiyo is Japanese for “the floating world,” describing the exotic pleasures found in the red-light district of Edo.  It is also a homophone for “the sorrowful world” from which Buddhists desired escape. Ukiyo-e form the bridge, as visions captured in elegant prints, between these two worlds.

Upcoming Exhibits (Fall 2015 through Spring 2016)

Woman, Behold Your Son: Images from the Life and Death of Jesus Christ
Exhibit Dates: 10/26/15 - 12/11/15
About the Exhibition: The life of the divine Christ, from the nativity to the crucifixion, exemplifies the doctrine of Christianity.  But it is through his interactions with Mary his mother, Mary Madeleine, and his close disciples that his humanity is best seen.  This exhibit explores Christian iconography of the 16th through the 19th centuries as it seeks to express the complex nature of Jesus Christ.

Coming Forth By Day: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt
Exhibit Dates: 1/19/16 - 2/26/16
About the Exhibition: The popular image of ancient Egypt focuses on its funerary rituals and burial practices, particularly as dramatized by cinema and television.  A closer look reveals not a culture obsessed with death but with continued existence both on earth and in the afterworld.

James Madison
Exhibit Dates: 3/15/16 - 4/28/16
About the Exhibition:  Curated by Outreach & Engagement's Madison Institutes in conjunction with James Madison Week, this exhibit examines the life and work of our university's namesake and father of the US constitution.  The exhibit will include items on loan from James Madison's Montpelier as well as artifacts from the University's own collection.