The Arts are Alive on Campus: Shimmering Wonders and Hidden Gems

Looking to enjoy a nice day in the gallery, take a walk around campus, or just explore the history of James Madison University? Well, look no further! Here are the best places on campus to stay in touch with what is happening!

All that glitters isn’t gold, but the Lisanby Museum, Madison Art Collection, and the Mineral Museum will make you think you’ve found an exclusive gem in the Shenandoah Valley!

The Lisanby Museum and the Madison Art Collection are located on the lower level of Festival Conference and Student Center on East Campus in room 1108. The premier collection ranges from prehistoric to contemporary art- perfect for anyone interested in art, the world, culture, and history! The museum is always free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Their current exhibition is All That Glitters: A Collaboration with the Madison Mineral Museum, which will close on April 24, 2020. All That Glitters presents minerals alongside work from the Madison Art Collection. These pairings highlight subjects of culture, time, material, and beauty that will leave you asking for more, and is great for visitors of all ages. Speaking of gems, the minerals within the exhibition are from the James Madison Mineral Collection and Museum that contains a wide variety of precious minerals.

The James Madison Mineral Collection is world renowned and as of spring 2020, the museum has been moved to the lower level of the Festival Conference and Student Center on East Campus, which is down the hall from the Lisanby Museum and the Madison Art Collection. The museum’s grand reopening will be held April 17, 2020, perfect timing for MARAC Spring 2020, and will feature the best JMU has to offer, including 600 crystals and gemstones from across the globe!

Afterwards, sit in the lobby near the windows or outside on the patio to see the brilliant view of our infamous sunsets, majestic purple mountains, and the sloping hills of campus!

-Renessa Rabenda, James Madison University

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