Library Exhibits


Permanent Collection


Jeanne d'Arc

Jeanne d' Arc by Henri Chapu

Artist: Henri Chapu
Medium: Plaster copy of the ca. 1870-72 marble in the Musee du Louvre, Paris (on view in the City Hall of Amboise)
Location: Carrier Library, 1st floor
Dimensions: 1.17 x 0.92 x 0.83m

Description: Four known copies of Jeanne d' Arc reside in Virginia at the former state teacher's colleges: Longwood, Madison, Mary Washington, and Radford. They are believed to be gifts from the French Government in appreciation for war relief efforts during World War I. Madison College's New Student Building was presented with the statue in a formal school assembly in January of 1917. President and Mrs. Julian A. Burruss dedicated the statue with emphasis on Joan of Arc as representing the high ideals of womanhood. The 1996 restoration of this statue was made possible in part by the family of Elizabeth Katherine Miller Aigner, class of 1919.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
The Mahatma, "Great Soul"

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Medium: Bronze
Location: Rose Library, 1st floor

Description: The government of India presented a larger than life-size bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a gift to James Madison University in recognition of the work of the Gandhi Center. The statue was dedicated and unveiled on October 2, 2008, the International Day of Nonviolence and the birth anniversary of the Mahatma, by His Excellency Ronen Sen, Ambassador of India to the United States of America. The statue is the first of Mahatma Gandhi in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Diversity Mosaic

Diversity Mosaic

Artist:Sarah Swanlund, Various JMU clubs and organizations
Medium: Mosaic
Location: Rose Library, 1st and 2nd floor

Description: Two mosaics that decorate the first and second floor of Rose Library stand as a commemoration of diversity and inclusion at JMU. When JMU's Diversity Office was calling for proposals for its annual Innovative Diversity Efforts Award, better known as the IDEA grant, the Diversity Mosaics were born. Thanks to artist and JMU LET employee Sarah Swanlund who led instructional workshops, student groups were able to add their own special pieces to the grand mosaic.

The end product being two mosaics that leave a lasting impression on the patrons of our libraries. Through this mosaic, each student group was able to leave a piece of their organization and themselves emblazoned on the walls of Rose in hopes of inspiring others to celebrate and reflect upon their own diversity.

International Week Photographs

International Week Photographs

Artist:Various JMU students
Medium: Photography
Location: Rose Library, 4th floor; Carrier Library, 1st and 2nd floor

Description:Since 2000, the JMU community has submitted photographs to the Office of International Programs documenting its travels outside the U.S. and around the globe. The JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies celebrates the winners by decorating the walls of Carrier and Rose with these breathtaking photographs.

Little Gallery Underground

Little Gallery Underground

Artist:Local artists both within and without the JMU community
Medium: Various
Location: On the lower level of the JMU Music Building

Description:The gallery features rotating displays of art by local artists, both within the JMU community and beyond. What makes this gallery unique is the connection between visual art and music. This gallery is open during operational hours for the Music Library.

Dressing for Shakespeare in Shenandoah

Dressing for Shakespeare in Shenandoah

Research, Design and Installation:Pamela Schuelke Johnson and Julia Merkel With Madison Whitesell, Megan O'Neill and Margaret Dapogny
Medium: Historic clothing, costumes, images and ephemera
Location: First floor of Carrier near Historic Entrance

Description:Dressing for Shakespeare in Shenandoah illustrates the importance of the Bard in the first 50 years of JMU history, with a focus on 1916, when the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's death was commemorated on campus and in Harrisonburg. In the exhibit, you'll see images and ephemera from JMU's Special Collections showing the two-day celebration, which included a mile-long parade and an outdoor pageant. Also featured are historic items from the JMU School of Theatre & Dance's Historic Clothing and Costume Collections, as well as Shakespearean costumes from the Federal Theatre Project (c. 1935-1939). Come see how "town and gown" converged for the 300th anniversary in 1916 with pageantry and plays.

Other Exhibits

JMU MemoriesJMU Memories

An exhibit of photographs from the JMU Historical Collection.

Founding DocumentsFounding Documents

A selection of digitized documents and images representing JMU's first decade.