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Picture of Gladys Kemp Lisanby at a reception

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.  It was named after JMU alumna Gladys Kemp Lisanby ('49) and her late husband, James Lisanby. Gladys 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.

For more information about the Lisanby contact Ginny Soenksen at or 540-568-2661.


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

On Exhibit:
The Lisanby Museum is now closed for the summer.
Upcoming Exhibits

Breaking Chains: From Slavery to the Civil Rights
Fall 2018

The Rocket Age: Art and the American Spirit, 1950s-1980s
Spring 2019


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

Group Visits

Contact Ms. Ginny Soenksen ( 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 considered for inclusion during the upcoming academic year by contacting Dr. Wren River Stevens ( or 540-568-5577) before July 30th.

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