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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.

The Lisanby will be closed March 2nd - March 13th for exhibit change-out and Spring Break.

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 upccoming year by contacting Dr. Kate Stevens ( or 540-568-5577) before August.

On Exhibit

Jack B. Yeats
Curated by Mrs. Melanie Brimhall
Exhibit Dates: 1/12/15 - 2/27/15

This exhibit features the woodblock prints of Jack B. Yeats, brother to the poet, William Butler Yeats. First established as a magazine illustrator and later as a painter, Jack became known as "The Painter of Ireland" because of his sympathetic treatment of the Irish "common man." Life in the west of Ireland was his central focus from 1899 through 1924, the time frame in which the wood block prints in this exhibit were produced.

Join us Friday, 2/13/15 4:30pm for a guest lecture, "End of the Line: The Politics of Expressionism in Jack B. Yeats" by Dr. Luke Gibbons, Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. 

Luke Gibbons is Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and formerly taught at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and Dublin City University. He has published widely on Irish culture, film, literature, and the visual arts, as well as on aesthetics and politics. His many publications include ‘Ghostly Light: Spectres of Modernity in James Joyce’s and John Huston’s ‘The Dead’, in A Companion to James Joyce, (Richard Brown, ed., Blackwell, 2007) and ‘Famished Ghosts: Bloom, Bible Wars, and “U.P. up” in Joyce’s Dublin’, Dublin James Joyce Journal, 2 (2010). He won a Kaneb teaching award at the University of Notre Dame, where he co-supervised over twenty Ph. D. dissertations. His research interests include film, modernism, romanticism, aesthetics, visual culture, critical theory and cultural history, particularly as they bear on developments in Irish culture.

Upcoming Exhibits

Dolley Madison: The First First Lady
Sponsored by The Madison Institutes
Exhibit Dates: 3/16/15 - 5/8/15

Curated by Outreach & Engagement's Madison Institutes in conjunction with James Madison Week, this exhibit examines the life of Dolley Madison. The exhibit will include items on loan from James Madison's Montpelier, such as Dolley's Bible and hand-written biography of James Madison, as well as artifacts from the university's own collection.