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Kate Stevens and Melanie Brimhall

Making art accessible

Art is transformative and the Madison Art Collection is a 3-D example of that principle. Home to more than 3,000 objects and sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the collection features Neolithic through contemporary art pieces—but they don't just adorn shelves and gather dust. Director of the collection Kate Stevens ('96,'99M) and director of education Melanie Brimhall ('84,'03M) do far more than count, catalog and dust antiquities. Through internships for students, tours for all ages from elementary students to high-school seniors, planned exhibitions, special shows and explorations, Stevens and Brimhall integrate art into the life of JMU and spread it throughout the local community. Together these two artistic women deliver and cultivate the inspiration that art inherently holds for thousands of people every year, supporting the creative spirit that abounds at Madison and that is changing the world.

"We take objects from the art collection and bring them to life for the local children, JMU students and all who visit. We give the art relevance within the culture of the people who created it. We make art accessible.' —Kate Stevens ('96,'99M), Madison Art Collection director

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