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James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum

Picture of Gladys Kemp Lisanby at a reception

The Lisanby Museum was named after JMU alumna Gladys Kemp Lisanby ('49) and her late husband, James Lisanby. She received the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in recognition of her work with the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 

She created the Lisanby Art History Scholars in Museum Studies scholarship to support incoming freshmen who were interested in pursuing museum studies and art history. 

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. 


The Lisanby is open during the Fall and Spring Semesters, Monday through Friday, from 10AM-4PM. 

The Lisanby will be closed during the Spring Semester on 2/7/17 and 2/27/17 - 3/10/17.


On Exhibit 

Objects from the Geeks in Museums exhibit

GEEKS IN MUSEUMS: Putting Technology in Museology
January 17 - February 24, 2017

Love watching Abby on NCIS?  Then this exhibit is a must!  Join Madison Art Collection faculty and students as they explore scientific applications in museum studies as they sleuth their way to the truth. 
Curator: Dr. Kathryn Stevens


Non-JMU Visitor Metered Parking is now available across the street from Festival in Lot C12 behind the bus stop.

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.

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 considered for inclusion during the upcoming academic year by contacting Dr. Kathryn Stevens ( or 540-568-5577) before July 30th.