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Prism Gallery 

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Located in the lower level hallway of the Festival Conference and Student Center, Prism Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting works emphasizing aspects of diversity, including areas of culture, religion, gender and sexuality.

Prism Gallery is open during normal building hours:
Mon-Sat, 8AM-midnight

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

Currently On Exhibit 

Shakespeare Exhibit Notice

1916-2016: 100 Years of Shakespeare in Shenandoah
Curator: Mr. Terry Adams
Exhibit Dates: April 4- May 16, 2016
Where: Prism Gallery

Featured here are both historic and contemporary images, including Harrisonburg’s Shakespeare Pageant, performances on the campus of JMU and at the Blackfriars Theatre, and student produced artwork from various Shakespeare courses.

This exhibit is one of four featured around the James Madison University campus showcasing and celebrating 100 years of Shakespeare’s involvement here in the Valley. Other JMU exhibits include: 

Dressing for Shakespeare in Shenandoah: 100 Years of the Bard in the Valley
Curator: JMU Libraries & Educational Technologies
Exhibit Dates: March 14- February 2018; during library hours
Where: Historic lobby in the west wing of Carrier Library

This exhibit features images and ephemera from Special Collections paired with items from the School of Theatre & Dance’s Historic Clothing and Costume Collections.  Come see how town and gown converged for the 300th anniversary in 1916 with pageantry and plays.  
For more information, please contact Julia Merkel 568-7040 

Students and Shakespeare: On the Page and on the Stage
Curator: JMU Special Collections
Exhibit Dates: April 4- August 15, 2016; during library hours
Where: Carrier Library, Second Floor by Special Collections

This exhibit displays images, newspapers, yearbooks, and manuscript items to track the influence of Shakespeare on the students of James Madison University over the past 100 years.  For more information, please contact Lynn Eaton 540-568-4374.

Clothing the Bards Characters - An Exhibition of Stage Costumes
Curator: JMU School of Theater and Dance 
Exhibit Dates: April 4- May 4, 2016
Where: Grand lobby of the Forbes Center of the Performing Arts 

Visitors can view five decades of stage costumes designed for a range of Shakespeare performances produced by the JMU School of Theatre and Dance, (previously the Theatre Department). Beginning with King Lear (1974), and through Romeo and Juliet  (2011), a wide range of styles, characters, their costumes and their costume pieces will be offered alongside production photographs.  Some characters make more than one appearance, such as Malvolio from Twelfth Night, and others, such as Prospero from 1998's The Tempest, face a new look and different interpretation in the JMU School of Theatre and Dance's November 2016 offering of The Tempest.

Also included will be stage costumes originating during the 1930s WPA Theatre Workshops which were worn for a variety of productions, including some of Shakespeare's, by students at Madison College well into the 1960s.