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WOW (Great Hall)
From 7/23/2014 through 12/16/2015

The Global Citizen Exhibition – Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero along with special guest (this will be either Marlon Blackwell or Scott Eccleston) as they discuss Moshe Safdie’s work and the Architecture of Cuisine. Open to guests ages 21 and above.
Sponsored by Premier Dermatology.

Film Screening at the Buckyball, Featuring Contact (Museum)
On 7/25/2014

Transport yourself into the world of science fiction at the Buckyball with an outdoor screening of Contact, starring Jodie Foster. Feel free to bring picnic blankets. A cash bar will be available.
Photo Salon: Kat Wilson (Museum)
On 7/25/2014

Join Crystal Bridges’ Photo Salon to explore the Museum’s stunning architecture and landscape in new ways. You will work closely with an expert photographer who will guide the group on a creative photo activity in or around the Museum.
Weekend Workshop: Poetry: Page to Stage (Museum)
On 7/26/2014

Modern spoken-word poetry is uniquely American in its roots; born in Chicago, it has now spread across the world. This two-day workshop, led by World Poetry Slam finalist Houston Hughes along with special guests Doug Shields and Jeremy Sparkman, will begin with a brief introduction to the history and form of American spoken-word poetry. Next, you will focus on the task of creating and critiquing original work. By the end of the workshop, every participant will have created at least one spoken-word poem of their own, ready to perform.
AAE Workshop - Walk On By (Museum)
On 7/30/2014

Ever find yourself falling into a familiar routine in the classroom? Ever have trouble letting go of that tried and true project in favor of trying something new and adventurous? Join fellow members of the Arkansas Art Educators for this two-day professional development experience and see what you are missing out on in this workshop focusing on artworks and materials that we sometimes “walk on by” on our way to our favorites.
The workshop will provide 12 hours of professional development. Cost includes most materials, breakfast, and lunch. Additional materials are suggested.
You must be a NAEA/AAE member to participate in this workshop. If you are not currently a member, please join NAEA before enrolling. Annual NAEA Membership dues for Arkansas residents is $80.
Open Mic Night | Freedom of Speech (Museum)
On 7/30/2014

Come out to Walker Landing and take the stage to show off your singing, musicianship, poetry, or whatever talent you have that speaks to the theme of Freedom. The night will be hosted by World Poetry Slam finalist Houston Hughes, assisted by musician John Henry. Sign-up is open to the public, with special preference given to those who participated in the Page to Stage poetry workshop the previous weekend. To sign up, please fill out an online application to be added to the lineup. There will also be open slots available for walk-ins.
Figure Drawing (Museum)
From 8/4/2014 through 12/15/2014

Join us on the first and third Mondays of each month to draw from a clothed model. Whether you’ve always had a love for figure drawing or are trying it for the first time, you’ll enjoy an afternoon drawing with others at the Museum.
Art Book Club: Hugh Howard (Museum)
On 8/6/2014

The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art by Hugh Howard
George Washington is not well known as one of America’s first art patrons—so how did one man succeed in leading a revolution, subsequently building a nation from thirteen colonies, and assist in establishing American art as well? Howard’s novel has been described as “an eloquent new look at the beginnings of the American republic through the portraits of its first icon, George Washington, and the painters who defined him.” Join Crystal Bridges Librarian Elizabeth Bradshaw and Willow Fitzgibbon, Manager of Adult Services at Fayetteville Public Library, to learn what Charles Willson Peale, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart saw in Washington as a subject and as an individual.
Studio Studies Series: Plein Air Oil Painting (Museum)
On 8/6/2014

If you are a lover of art and the outdoors, then you’re sure to enjoy this oil painting series. John P. Lasater IV will guide you with simple steps to create compelling, playful, and beautiful artwork inspired by Crystal Bridges’ grounds. You will walk away with confidence and new skills to help you become the artist you aspire to be.
Family Workshop: Letter Art (Museum)
On 8/8/2014

Come together on a Friday night to create art with your family! Choose your family’s name or initials to make paintings as unique as your family. Have fun with acrylics, paint sticks, and much more. All materials are provided.
Outdoor Film Festival: Ozarkumentaries (Museum)
On 8/8/2014

Seedling Film Association is proud to collaborate with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to present Ozarkumentries—short films made by Arkansas Filmmakers about the Ozarks and it’s unique stories of people and places! After the film screening, join us for post-discussion with the local filmmakers. Films to be announced soon!
Free with online registration.
Adult: Yoga and Art (Museum)
On 8/9/2014

Yoga takes over the Museum: a peaceful setting with views of the ponds and forest. Yoga Story’s Cindee Joslin leads this uplifting group experience uniting the power of art with the beauty of the nature.
Discover the Grounds: Rocks! (Museum)
On 8/9/2014

Join University of Arkansas Professor Emeritus of Geosciences, Dr. Van Brahana, in a fascinating discussion exploring the layers of sedimentary rock visible on Crystal Bridges’ Rock Ledge Trail and how these rocks give a historical account of the Museum’s landscape. Be inspired by the varying geography and join Senior Museum Educator Sara Segerlin in making your own sand artwork to take home as a souvenir! Meet at the Rock Ledge Shelter off of the Rock Ledge Trail. The Rock Ledge Trail is a moderate hike on a natural surface, with many steps.
Unplugged: The Art of Song-Writing (Museum)
On 8/13/2014

Smokey and The Mirrowill present a special concert that explores the art of song-writing with the audience.
Adult: Boundless | Evening Book Discussion (Museum)
From 8/13/2014 through 11/12/2014

Guests may order a glass of wine from Eleven and bring it with you to Boundless, Crystal Bridges’ evening book discussion group that selects literary stories pushing the boundaries on our view of popular culture, current trends, and our diverse individual interests.
Art by the Glass: Gelli Art (Museum)
On 8/15/2014

Are you up on the latest craze in art? Gelli-arts are a new and refreshing take on printmaking. Enjoy wine, cheese, and great conversation while having fun creating playful and expressive prints. Open to guests ages 21 and up. The registration fee includes two glasses of wine.
College Movie Night: Monuments Men (Museum)
On 8/15/2014

Spread out a blanket on the Museum’s South Lawn and listen to the personal account of a World War II veteran’s first-hand experiences, followed by a film screening of The Monuments Men. Based on the true story of the “greatest treasure hunt in history,” The Monuments Men follows a group of soldiers and art experts in the midst of WWII who were tasked with recovering historical artifacts from Nazi thieves. Open to all ages, hosted by the Crystal Bridges College Ambassadors Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Photo Salon: Joe Sparks (Museum)
On 8/15/2014

Join Crystal Bridges’ Photo Salon to explore the Museum’s stunning architecture and landscape in new ways. You will work closely with an expert photographer who will guide the group on a creative photo activity in or around the Museum.
Adult Workshop: Pet Portraits (Museum)
On 8/17/2014

Capture your favorite pet through art! Whether your pet is spunky, playful, or cuddly, Amy Eichler will show you how to capture his or her irresistible personality on canvas. Please bring photographs of your pet to the workshop. All materials are provided.
Architecture Speaker Series | The Museum as Home (Museum)
On 8/20/2014

Ethel Goodstein-Murphree, Interim Dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, presents an overview of homes represented at museums. She’ll offer perspectives on how a home can be transformed into a museum, such as the Philbrook Museum of Art, has well as how a home can be presented as an art form on a museum campus, such as the Bachman Wilson House, recently acquired by Crystal Bridges.
ShortFilmFestival:UnitingthePower ofArt andNature (Museum)
On 8/22/2014

Join us for the first Crystal Bridges Film Festival! View the judges’ top choices and meet the filmmakers in four categories: Artistic, Animation, Narrative, and Documentary. A cash wine and beer bar will be available.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Rock (5-8) (Museum)
On 9/5/2014

In this three-session studio class, students will explore how nature can inspire artists and how natural elements can be incorporated into art making.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Rock (9 to 12) (Museum)
On 9/5/2014

In this three-session studio class, students will explore how nature can inspire artists and how natural elements can be incorporated into art making.
Discover the Grounds: Botanical Illustration (Museum)
On 9/6/2014

Begin this Discover the Grounds presentation with Horticulturist Cody George inside the Museum to explore the visual wonders of botany highlighted by artists of the Hudson River School, followed by an outdoor botanical drawing session with Interpretation Manager Aaron Jones. This program will begin in the Early Nineteenth-Century Art Gallery, and finish outdoors at the East Terrace. Sponsored by The Coleman Company.
The Great Reveal: Preserving Your Favorite Books (Museum)
On 9/8/2014

In this special Great Reveal, librarians Catherine Petersen and Elizabeth Bradshaw will present information on how you can preserve your own rare books and family treasures. Archival history and the process of caring for rare items, as well as where and how to purchase proper archival materials, will be discussed. The Great Reveal is sponsored by John and Emily Douglas.
Preschool Art Class: Fiber Art (Museum)
On 9/10/2014

For ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week to discover the beauty of fiber. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes.
After School Art Class: Artists of Today (5-8) (Museum)
On 9/11/2014

Discover contemporary art in this fun, multi-media afterschool class! Media and projects will be inspired by the work of contemporary artists in the State of the Art exhibition.
After School Art Class: Artists of Today (9-12) (Museum)
On 9/11/2014

Discover contemporary art in this fun, multi-media afterschool class! Media and projects will be inspired by the work of contemporary artists in the State of the Art exhibition.
Adult Workshop: Collage with Ghost of a Dream (Museum)
On 9/12/2014

Artist duo Ghost of a Dream turns everyday materials such as discarded lottery tickets into vibrant works of art. Visit our website for full class details.
Spotlight Lecture: State of the Art (Museum)
On 9/12/2014

The ultimate road trip—to a thousand destinations, for one unforgettable exhibition. In 2013, Bacigalupi and Alligood hit the road to investigate what’s happening in American art today. Over the course of a year, they logged more than 100,000 miles, crisscrossing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists, and ultimately selecting some 100 for inclusion in the exhibition: State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
In this special Spotlight Lecture prior to the exhibition’s national debut at Crystal Bridges, Bacigalupi and Alligood will share tales from the road and offer insights into curating an exhibition of this magnitude. Hear about the behind-the-scenes process of putting together State of the Art, and join us in this unprecedented exploration of the power of today’s American art.
Member Preview: State of the Art (Museum)
From 9/12/2014 through 9/13/2014

Crystal Bridges Members enjoy a free first look at this groundbreaking exhibition featuring the work of 100 artists from around the United States.
Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Exhibition gallery
Short Story Group Bridging Visual and Literary Art (Museum)
From 9/15/2014 through 10/13/2014

Join our short story group for a literary adventure through the State of the Art exhibition. Alison Taylor Brown, Director of the Village Writing School, will guide the writing experience in which participants will write a short story inspired by contemporary art in the exhibition. Brown will offer instruction in finding a narrative arc, creating dialogue, and building drama. The group will close with a shared reading. Alison Taylor Brown, director and founder of the Village Writing School, has a master’s degree in fiction from Southern New Hampshire University. VWS is incorporated as Eureka Springs School of the Literary Arts; their mission is to help beginning and established area writers develop their craft.
Film Screening: Waste Land, by Vik Muniz (Museum)
On 9/19/2014

Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz (whose work is in the Crystal Bridges collection) on a journey from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, which was located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro until it was closed in 2012. There he photographed an eclectic band of catadores—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. The film offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
Member ARTmazing Family Race (Museum)
On 9/20/2014

Crystal Bridges Members are invited to take part in this kid-friendly scavenger hunt that will take families on a journey through the south trails, seeking clues and snapping photos of treasures along the way! The event begins at the South Lawn.
Free for Members with registration.
Arch.Speaker: Building Space for Learning and Play (Museum)
On 9/24/2014

This lecture on exhibition design is presented by Amazeum Executive Director Sam Dean, the museum’s architect Reb Haizlip, and his partner Mary Haizlip. The talk will discuss the development of Amazeum’s architecture to support learning and play. The presentation will include architectural drawings, photographic examples, and models. The museum, which is currently under construction, will be located on NE J street and Museum Way. Haizlip’s design includes 44,500 square feet of exhibit space with approximately one acre of outdoor space which will accommodate year-round learning and provide a backdrop for experiences inspired by the seasons.
Art by the Glass: Wines and Vines with Guy Bell (Museum)
On 9/26/2014

Painter and wine enthusiast Guy Bell will lead this one-of-a-kind acrylic painting workshop, where you’ll explore the depth and complexity of both paint and wine! This is a fun, social workshop, and participants will create a lovely vineyard landscape. The registration fee includes a flight of wine— don’t miss it!
Hispanic Heritage Month: Salsa Dancing Night (Museum)
On 9/26/2014

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy the Great Hall’s spectacular dance floor with a night of Salsa Dancing. Special thanks to Walmart’s Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group!
Saturday Session: John Ridge (Museum)
On 9/27/2014

In this workshop for teachers, discover John Ridge and his role in shaping Cherokee history, then learn strategies for incorporating Native cultures into history curriculum.
First Friday Concert: SoTA artist Gina Phillips (Museum)
On 10/3/2014

Enjoy the bluegrass musical talents of State of the Art artist Gina Phillips and her band Picnic. Phillips will guide the concert experience through song and stories of family life in New Orleans.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Paper (5-8) (Museum)
On 10/3/2014

Paper is one of the most basic of art materials, yet it offers a wide variety of art-making opportunities. In this three-session studio class, discover many different ways paper can be used in creating art.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Paper (9 to 12) (Museum)
On 10/3/2014

Paper is one of the most basic of art materials, yet it offers a wide variety of art-making opportunities. In this three-session studio class, discover many different ways paper can be used in creating art.
All-Ages Workshop: Mixed Media with Gina Phillips (Museum)
On 10/4/2014

This workshop is great for ALL AGES— so sign up with your child, your sister, your best friend, or your grandmother! New Orleans-based artist Gina Phillips will guide you in creating a unique landscape using paint, tissue paper, and oil pastels. Plus, you’ll visit Phillips’ work and others in the State of the Art exhibition, and gain new insights into contemporary art! (Children under 11 must attend with an adult.)
Preschool Art Class: Animals (Museum)
On 10/8/2014

For ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week to discover and celebrate animals in art. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes.
AfterSchool Art Class: More Artists of Today (5-8) (Museum)
On 10/9/2014

Discover contemporary art in this fun, multi-media afterschool class! Media and projects will be inspired by the work of contemporary artists in the State of the Art exhibition.
AfterSchool Art Class: More Artists of Today(9-12) (Museum)
On 10/9/2014

Discover contemporary art in this fun, multi-media afterschool class! Media and projects will be inspired by the work of contemporary artists in the State of the Art exhibition.
Spotlight Lecture: SoTA artist Susie J Lee (Museum)
On 10/10/2014

Seattle-based artist Susie J. Lee will discuss her works that explore the intersection of video and portraiture. Following the presentation, audience members will accompany Lee to the State of the Art exhibition space for a question-and-answer session while viewing her video portraits, Fracking Fields.
Art Night Out: actionINTERaction (Museum)
On 10/11/2014

Explore art as action and interaction! For one night only, experience the work of a selection of State of the Art performance artists or artist “engagers.” Performances both inside and outside the galleries will include State of the Art artists Autumn Knight, Wilmer Wilson, and Angela Ellsworth. In the culminating performance, Jimmy Kuehnle will don his Amphibious Inflatable Suit to interact with the audience. Throughout the night, cool off at the Water Bar by Works Progress and enjoy local band Still on athe Hill who will perform songs from their “Once a River” project. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail and chat with local Moms at artist Andy Ducett’s Mom Booth, or join the conversation in our lounge with the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre and comedians Mark Landon Smith and Jules Taylor.
Teen Workshop: Video Portraits with Susie J Lee (Museum)
On 10/11/2014

Turn the concept of a “selfie” around and consider the cell phone as a medium for video portraits. Seattle-based artist Susie J. Lee, whose Fracking Fields video portraits are in the exhibition State of the Art, will lead teens in exploring, through images, the issues of privacy vs. permission, and social media vs. surveillance during this thought-provoking workshop.
Art by the Glass: Creature Creation (Museum)
On 10/17/2014

Work with Brooklyn, New York-based artist Jeila Gueramian to learn about bringing together found textiles to create a unified artwork. In this workshop, participants will create whimsical creatures using fiber and fabric, inspired by Gueramian’s installation, It’s You, in the State of the Art exhibition.
Spotlight Lecture: SoTA artist Kim Dickey (Museum)
On 10/17/2014

Boulder, Colorado-based artist Kim Dickey’s sculpture Mille-fleur, installed on the Museum’s South Lawn, suggests a garden wall overgrown with glorious flowering plants. In fact, the flowers are intricately painted and glazed ceramic forms arranged in a design inspired by a sixteenth-century tapestry. Come hear Dickey explore the concept of the garden as a meeting place between nature and culture, where boundaries can blur and concepts of both inclusion and exclusion can arise.
Spotlight Lecture: SoTA artist Adonna Khare (Museum)
On 10/20/2014

Hear Adonna Khare’s inspiring story of family life, teaching, and returning to the art field as an artist. Khare started out as an elementary school art teacher who left teaching to start a family. In 2012, she submitted work to Art Prize, a populist competition held annually in Michigan, in which she won a first-prize award of $200,000.
Theatre Performance: The Artist's Journey (Museum)
On 10/22/2014

The Artist's Journey combines theatre and visual arts to explore the personal struggles and triumphs of various artists. The Artist’s Journey is directed by Fayetteville-based artist Mark Landon Smith and produced by Lucky Clover Productions, a division of Actors Casting Agency of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Film Screening: My Architect: A Son's Journey (Museum)
On 10/24/2014

My Architect is based on filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn's engrossing search for his father, Louis Kahn, one of the most celebrated architects of the twentieth century. Kahn died in 1974 and left behind a highly compartmentalized life, including children born to two mistresses outside of his marriage. Nathaniel interviews the members of this complex family, but his deepest experiences are visits to the buildings that his father made (such as the grand Salk Institute in La Jolla, California), culminating in an emotional trip to Bangladesh where Louis Kahn designed a massive government complex—a soaring achievement. This film asks: “Where does an artist truly live—in his life, or in the work he leaves behind?”
Teen Workshop: "What Are You Saying?" (Museum)
On 10/24/2014

Join installation artist Angela Drakeford to gain new insights into the work of contemporary artists as you create artwork that explores text, communication, color, and collage. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Saturday Session: Here and Now (Museum)
On 10/25/2014

Join State of the Art artist Delita Martin to learn how she combines texture, color, and personal history in her artworks to tell stories about the role of women in African American culture.
Young Artist Workshop: Paper Flowers (Museum)
On 10/25/2014

(For ages 6 – 12) Learn to make lots of different petal shapes and create beautiful flowers from paper with Omaha, Nebraska-based artist Angela Drakeford, whose Self Portrait II, composed of black tar-paper flowers, is featured in State of the Art.
Adult Workshop: Gelatin Plate Printing (Museum)
On 10/26/2014

Come discover this low-tech, fun, and spontaneous printmaking technique. The process is inexpensive and versatile, and something you can continue to explore at home. Best of all, you will be learning from Little Rock-based artist Delita Martin, whose work is featured in State of the Art!
ArtInfusion - Halloween in the Hollow (Great Hall)
On 10/31/2014

Mark your calendars for artinfusion’s annual Halloween party! Watch Crystal Bridges’ website for details as the date approaches.
Free for artinfusion Members. $25 for non-members.
Artinfusion is especially for Crystal Bridges Members ages 21-40s.Sponsored by Blue Moon Brewing Company.