Director of the Madison Art Collection; Associate Professor of Art History

Contact Info

  • Ph.D. (Art History, Early Modern & African art), Virginia Commonwealth University
    Dissertation: The Mythologizing of Egypt in Late Nineteenth-Century British Art
  • M.A. (Art History, Ancient and 19th Century European Art), James Madison University
  • B.S. (Anthropology, Archaeology and the ancient world), James Madison University
Areas of Expertise
  • Ancient Egyptian and North African Art
  • Classical Mediterranean culture 
  • Technology in museum studie
  • Tribal European art
  • Victorian academic art
Courses Taught
  • Art of Ancient Egypt
  • Art of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Introduction to Museum Studies
  • Methodology
  • Museum Technologies
  • Survey of World Art Parts I & II
  • Tribal Europe
Recent Scholarship

Wren Stevens’ recent scholarship has focused on the use of virtual worlds like Second Life as pedagogical tools for art history and museum studies.  The most recent (in 2012) was published in the International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking. 

Stevens also curates exhibits at the Lisanby Museum, most recently "Woman, Behold Your Son: Images from the Life and Death of Jesus Christ" (2014).

  • College of Visual and Performing Arts Stewardship Liaison
    Honor Council, faculty member
  • James Madison University Undergraduate Research Journal, faculty reviewer
  • Journal of European Folklore Research, editorial board
  • School of Art, Design and Art History Assessment Committee, chair
  • Second Life James Madison University Committee, chair

  • Brainstorm Educational Technology Conference, keynote speaker
  • Outstanding Professor, Panhellenic Council
  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia "Outstanding Faculty Award" nominee for the College of Visual and Performing Arts 

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