James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum
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. The Lisanby is open during the fall and spring semesters Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm.
Charles Lisanby is predominantly known as an Emmy Award-winning set designer for American television and theater, pioneering techniques and structures of scenic design still used to this day. However, Lisanby was just as skilled in other areas of expertise, especially the sphere of fine arts. His finest works focused on the Spanish matador, specifically illustrating the matadors role as the ultimate definition of masculinity. Charles Lisanby’s paintings of Spanish matadors depict the vigor and grace of the matador, illustrating his own idyllic vision of masculinity during the 20th century. His interest and research on Spanish matadors further served his career as a set designer, influencing his costume design for Spanish flamenco dancers.
Did Rembrandt belong to the Mennonite Community? This exhibit explores his connections to Amsterdam's diverse Protestant, Jewish, and Mennonite groups. Artworks and early books are on loan from private collections, the National Gallery of Art, and Eastern Mennonite University.
This exhibit showcases Charles Lisanby's first professional commission for the Frairs Club of New York. It was this mural that prompted Ralph Levy to hire Charles Lisanby to design teh set for the first non-news broadcast Billy the Kid, which aired on American television in 1948.
This exhibit focuses on the role of iterative processes, such as storytelling, in Shenandoah Valley folklife in connection to the works of John L. Heatwole, a Valley native and artist. Heatwole carved pieces and shared stories that reflected Valley folk culture. Each of his works hark back to a particular 19th century tradition, role in society, or superstition. Even in his staining technique, Heatwole utilized the methods of period artisans. As a result, he became the Valley's contemporary minstrel through sharing his own portrayals of folk culture and lore.
Dates: 1/23/2012 - 3/2/2012
Dates: 11/15/2011 - 12/16/2011