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Picture of Gladys Kemp Lisanby at a reception

The James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum was named after JMU alumna Gladys Kemp Lisanby ('49) and her late husband, James Lisanby. Gladys Kemp Lisanby received the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in recognition of her work with the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 

She created the Lisanby Art History Scholars in Museum Studies scholarship to support incoming freshmen who were interested in pursuing museum studies and art history. 

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 Museum will be closed Tuesday, 2/6/2018 for Assessment Day.

The Lisanby Museum is open during the Fall and Spring Semesters, Monday through Friday, from 10AM-4PM.

Currently On Exhibit:

Awakening Arcadia
January 16-February 23

Take in beautiful visions of Arcadia, an ancient utopia where man lived simply and in harmony with the land.  These idyllic scenes have long been the subject of artists, who have provided their patrons with a refreshing pause from everyday life.

Awakening Arcadia

Upcoming Exhibits: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Linking Meandering Paths
March 12-March 23

Korean-Americans Sukjin Choi and Anna Westfall explore the influences of two different cultures on identity in the exhibition, Linking Meandering Paths. As sculptors and ceramists, Professor Choi of James Madison University and Professor Westfall of Eastern Mennonite University create a visual manifestation of themes of identity that resonate in our global world.

Adoration and Art

April 2-April 26

Throughout time, religious spaces have been designed to set apart the sacred from the every day. This exhibition explores—through the eyes of Honor student Fiona Wirth—the artistic traditions of the ancient Mediterranean through early modern cultures that infused holy sites with the presence of the divine.


Non-JMU Visitor Metered Parking is now available across the street from Festival in Lot C12 behind the bus stop.

Group Visits

Contact Ms. Virginia Soenksen ( or 540-568-2661) to schedule a group visit for 30 people or less.  Please indicate if you wish a guided tour.

Study Center

Featuring objects from the ancient world to the present day, these cases display pieces from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. Faculty may request specific objects to be considered for inclusion during the upcoming academic year by contacting Dr. Wren River Stevens ( or 540-568-5577) before July 30th.

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