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Located in the lower level of the Festival Conference and Student Center in room 1108, the James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum presents dynamic, high-quality exhibitions featuring works of art from the Madison Art Collection. Serving both the university population as well as that of the surrounding community, the Lisanby is dedicated to celebrating diversity, scholarship, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Hours

The Lisanby Museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10 am - 4 pm.

The Lisanby Museum will be closed on the following dates:

  • Fall Semester 2018: November 19-23 and December 3 - January 18, 2019

  • Spring Semester 2019: February 5, March 4-8, April 22-May 4
Current Exhibition

"Breaking Chains: Voices from Slavery to Civil Rights"
Coffee and Conversation, a Passport Event!
Festival, Room 1108
2:00-3:00 pm

Join us for a cup of coffee and a great conversation centered around objects on display and led by a JMU facilitator.  No art background needed.  And... did we mention cookies?

11/29/2018: Ms. Ginny Soenksen, Associate Director of the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum

Fall 2018
American Evolution
Upcoming Exhibitions

 

 
Spring 2019


Purity and Power: The Art of Russian Icons

Fall 2019 (September 10 – November 30, 2019)

To the followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church, images of holy people or events, called icons, are considered to be a window or portal into the heavenly realm. This exhibition will highlight the finest icons in the Madison Art Collection, presenting never-before-seen works of art along with a scholarly catalogue that will explore the history, materials, and meaning of Russian icons as well as the culture and history of Russia itself.


Savoring the Moon: Japanese Prints of the Floating World

Spring of 2020 (January 21 – April 19, 2020)

This exhibition will present Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period (1615-1868), a time when the cessation of civil warfare and governmental stability ushered in a new period of artistic appreciation and patronage. In what is known as the “Floating World” was not a physical place, but rather a mindset of enjoying life’s fleeting pleasures. While the pleasures may have been fleeting, happily the prints which chronicled this lifestyle survive to be enjoyed by viewers today.

Study Center

Featuring objects from the ancient world to the present day. Faculty may request specific objects to be considered for inclusion during the upcoming academic year by contacting Dr. Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu or 540-568-5577) before July 30th.

Parking

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 (soenksvm@jmu.edu or 540-568-2661) to schedule a group visit for 30 people or less.  Please indicate if you wish a guided tour.

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