Senior Honors Projects, 2020-current

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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


School of Art, Design and Art History


Virginia Soenksen

Yongguang Hu

Kimiko Tanaka


Guided by the Director of the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum, Virginia Soenksen,I served as the Curatorial Assistant for the Lisanby Museum’s forthcoming exhibition Savoring the Moon: Japanese Prints of the Floating World. The exhibition will highlight the Madison ArtCollection’s impressive Japanese woodblock prints in the ukiyo-e style. Ukiyo-e translates to“pictures of the floating world.” This style proliferated in Japan during the Edo period (1603 - 1868) and Meiji period (1868 - 1912), with visual themes that ranged from flora and fauna, Japanese ceremonies, kabuki actors, mythology, courtesans, and cultural pastimes. The estate of Charles Alvin Lisanby gifted over forty ukiyo-e woodblock prints to the Madison Art Collection in 2011, ten of which are featured in this exhibition. Lisanby worked as a set designer for both theater and television, and his career in the arts lead him to befriend famous artists, such as Andy Warhol. Throughout his life, Lisanby built an extensive art collection. From 2010 to 2011, Lisanby donated much of this collection along with his personal archive to James Madison University. Savoring the Moon marks the first time that the prints will be thoroughly researched, cataloged, and displayed to the public. As part of my Honors Capstone Project, I assisted with all aspects of preliminary research, as well as the works’ public display. This paper includes the items I created for this exhibition, including the fact sheet, checklist, design, the exhibition’sgraphic identity contributed by graphic design intern Ashley Nourse, wall text for each section, object text, and a catalog essay.



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