Celebrating Crystal Theodore

First Duke Hall Exhibit Post-Renovation Honors Former Department Head

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Posted: March 22, 2014

Before her leading role in university art departments, Crystal Theodore served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. She left the Marines with the ranking of first lieutenant. Her work will be on display at the Duke Hall Gallery through May 10. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R, File)
Faculty artwork is on display at the new Duke Hall Gallery (ABOVE) on the James Madison University campus March 18. The gallery, which features work by the former head of the JMU art department, Crystal Theodore, who passed away in 2012, will be open to the public until May 10. The exhibit was installed by Greg Freeburg (TOP), director of galleries, in early March. (Photo by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)

In 1953, a young man sat down for an 8 a.m. art appreciation class at then East Tennessee State College, not terribly excited about the subject matter at hand but increasingly interested in the…

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