Dr. Kathryn E. Stevens, Director
Dr. Stevens received her PhD in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. She also has a Masters of the Arts in Art History and a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. Dr. Stevens teaches classes in the ancient world, Tribal Europe, and virtual worlds. Dr. Stevens is responsible for the content on these pages.
Mrs. Melanie Brimhall, Associate Director
Mrs. Brimhall received her Masters in Art History from James Madison University in 2003. Her specialization is in Native American cultures. She also has a BS in Fine Arts with certification to teach Art K-12. Prior to her position at JMU, she taught Art at the high school level for 15 years and worked for two years as an Artist-in-residence at the elementary level. In 2003, Mrs. Brimhall developed an innovative cross-disciplinary Education program for the Madison Art Collection. As an extension of that program, she is currently working on technology applications which will create online and app based education tools for the 21st century classroom.
Dr. Kay Arthur, Curator of the Medieval and Renaissance Collections
Dr. Arthur received her PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She taught Gothic architecture and Italian Renaissance art history for 32 years. Dr. Arthur founded the Semester in Florence study abroad program at JMU and served as assistant vice president for International Education from 1991 to 1997. Dr. Arthur also endowed a scholarship for international study in art history in Florence, Italy.
Mr. John Kimbriel, Curator of the Charles Lisanby Collection
John Westfall Kimbriel, member of the class of 2013, was born and raised in Chester, Virginia. A double major in Art History and Political Science, John had previously been considering either law school or a graduate program after his studies at JMU. However, through his work as Assistant Curator of the Charles A. Lisanby Collection, as well as an internship with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the summer of 2011, John has realized that his passion for art and art history is absolute and unwavering. In light of this, after leaving JMU he would like to pursue a doctorate in modern or postmodern art at a university in the Northeast or abroad, in Paris.
Ms. Michelle Strickland, Assistant Curator of the Charles Lisanby Collection
Michelle Nicole Strickland, member of the class of 2014, is from Fairfax, Virginia. She is an Art History major with a Museum Studies concentration and has experience interning at both Sawhill Gallery and artWorks Gallery on campus. Through her experience in her coursework and on-campus internships, Michelle has realized her passion for working in museums. She hopes to work in a museum or gallery after pursuing a masters in Art History.
Ms. Chelisse Perry, Director
Ms. Perry is a senior studying Anthropology and Art History.
Ms. Katerine Tzamarias, Assistant Director
Ms. Braxton Congrave, Asian Studies (Toshiko Takaezu)
Braxton Congrove is from Richmond, Virginia, and is currently studying studio art with a concentration in ceramics, and is minoring in art history and Asian studies.
Mr. Matthew Wagner, Anthropology (Ancient Greece and Rome)