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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. 


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


The Lisanby will be CLOSED during the FALL SEMESTER 2016 during the following times:

  • Friday NOVEMBER 18 - Friday NOVEMBER 25th
  • Monday DECEMBER 12 - Monday JANUARY 16th, 2017


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


GROUP VISITS
Contact Mrs. Melanie Brimhall (brimhamr@jmu.edu 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. Kathryn Stevens (stevenke@jmu.edu or 540-568-5577) before August.

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Current Exhibit - Now until Dec. 9th, 2016

Medieval manuscript

ILLUMINATING THE WORD: THE ART OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS

EXHIBITION DATES: OCTOBER 31st – DECEMBER 9th, M-F, 10AM-4PM

CURATOR: Ms. Rebecca Kruse

Before books were printed they were patiently copied by hand.  Considered works of art, they were frequently written on expensive vellum pages and lavishly decorated.  This exhibit features medieval manuscript leaves from JMU’s permanent collection, exploring the craft of book-making as well as illuminating the word itself.