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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.)
Figure Drawing (Museum)
From 10/6/2014 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.
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.
Adult: Boundless | Evening Book Discussion (Museum)
From 10/8/2014 through 12/10/2014

Boundless is an evening book discussion held in the Library that focuses on diverse individuals with a predisposition for literature and the dialogue they come to share. Elizabeth Bradshaw, Cataloger and Archivist in the Crystal Bridges Library, selects literary stories that push the boundaries on views of popular culture, current literary trends and genres, and past literary movements.
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.
Discover the Grounds: The Bird Kingdom (Museum)
On 10/10/2014

Explore the bird kingdom in a two-part experience including a citizen-scientist excursion to count songbirds with State of the Art artist Calder Kamin, along with a presentation of live birds of prey by Lynn Sciumbato of Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Meet at the Tulip Tree Shelter.
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: Action/Interaction (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.
Short Story Group Bridging Visual and Literary Art (Museum)
On 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.
WOW (Great Hall)
From 10/15/2014 through 12/16/2015

Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest in The Ozarks - Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero along with special guests as they discuss the Art of Beer Making in the 21st Century. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Reidel and Premier Dermatology.
$30 ($24 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335


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.
The Great Reveal: Who Doesn't Love Audubon? (Museum)
On 11/3/2014

Join Library Director Catherine Petersen for a rare look at the Library’s collection of Audubon books. The many Audubon publications can be confusing, but this is a wonderful opportunity to learn a little about the Audubon family, a little about naturalist explorers, a little more about printmaking, and a lot about loving nature books! These beautiful color plates of birds and mammals will keep you coming back to view other rare ornithology and botanical illustrations held in our library collection. The Great Reveal is sponsored by John and Emily Douglas.
Aspen Institute Lecture (Museum)
On 11/5/2014

Special thanks to the Aspen Institute for their collaboration in organizing this lecture.
Preschool Art Class: Nature (Museum)
On 11/5/2014

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 explore nature themes in select artworks from State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes. All materials are provided.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Scissors (5-8) (Museum)
On 11/7/2014

In this three-session studio class, we will be looking beyond the familiar tools used to create artworks, and will be investigating how different tools can be used to enhance artistic practice. For ages 5-8 and 9-12. All materials are provided.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Scissors (9 to 12) (Museum)
On 11/7/2014

In this three-session studio class, we will be looking beyond the familiar tools used to create artworks, and will be investigating how different tools can be used to enhance artistic practice. For ages 5-8 and 9-12. All materials are provided.
Spotlight Lecture: SoTA artist John Salvest (Museum)
On 11/7/2014

Saturday Session: Say it Like it Is (Museum)
On 11/8/2014

This teacher workshop will focus on the power that words convey in the visual arts and literature. Sponsored by Neff and Scarlet Basore.
Adult Workshp: Miki Baird (Museum)
On 11/9/2014

Deconstruct, reorganize, and reconstruct in this exciting photo-collage workshop! Explore the grounds with State of the Art artist Miki Baird to shoot source images for a collage with your smart phone. In the studio, Baird will present innovative methods of photo deconstruction based on her own artistic processes and those of other artists. Reorganize your transformed images and reconstruct them into a unique collage. Save your final product as a finished work or use it as a drawing surface! Guests should bring their smartphones. All other materials will be provided. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Spotlight Lecture: Author William Souder (Museum)
On 11/9/2014

William Souder is an award-winning author and journalist who has written for some of the nation's largest newspapers. His second book, Under a Wild Sky, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has recently been reissued by Milkweed Editions. The book focuses on the early development of John James Audubon as a superb introduction to the artist and the man.
Spotlight Lecture: SOTA Artist Mequitta Ahuja (Museum)
On 11/10/2014

Keynote Lecture: Kerry James Marshall (Museum)
On 11/12/2014

Kerry James Marshall, one of the most widely known and respected American artists of the twenty-first century, uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video, and photography to comment on the history of black identity both in the United States and in Western art. He is well known for paintings that focus on African American subjects and has explored issues of race and history through imagery ranging from abstraction to comics. Marshall will talk art and community, and about playing an important role as a mentor to the next generation of artists, including Mequitta Ahuja, whose work is currently on exhibit in the State of the Art exhibition. Marshall has work in numerous public collections and is the recipient of several awards, grants, and fellowships, including the MacArthur genius grant in 1997.
Member - Speaker Meet & Greet: Kerry James Marshal (Great Hall)
On 11/12/2014

Museum Members are invited to join us for a half-hour Members-only meet-and-greet with guest artist Kerry James Marshall. Free for Members. Limited capacity, reserve your place online or by calling 479.418.5728.
Note: Members will need to register for the lecture separately.
Adult Workshp: Lenka Clayton (Museum)
On 11/14/2014

Lenka Clayton will lead a unique workshop exploring the concept of danger, based on her work, 63 Objects taken from my Son’s Mouth, which can be seen in State of the Art. Participants will recall and record stories of objects that have endangered them, and create an artwork based on their experiences. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
State of the Art Symposium Day 1 (Museum)
On 11/14/2014

Join us for a free public symposium on the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. All are welcome to attend this enriching program. Enjoy two full days of artists’ talks, panel discussions, and lectures. Artists today use a variety of approaches to respond to their environment—whether home, community, or in nature. This symposium will provide the opportunity to hear directly from artists featured in State of the Art in conversation with curators, local voices, and each other.
Free with online reservation for each day.
State of the Art Symposium Day 2 (Museum)
On 11/15/2014

Join us for a free public symposium on the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. All are welcome to attend this enriching program. Enjoy two full days of artists’ talks, panel discussions, and lectures. Artists today use a variety of approaches to respond to their environment—whether home, community, or in nature. This symposium will provide the opportunity to hear directly from artists featured in State of the Art in conversation with curators, local voices, and each other.
Free with online reservation for each day.
Teen Workshop: Drawing Your Body's Anatomy (Museum)
On 11/15/2014

This workshop will begin with a review of illustrations to gain a better understanding of human anatomy. Martinez will then guide students through the process of outlining physical forms using their own bodies as models. All materials are provided. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Film Screening: The Lens to the Soul (Museum)
On 11/16/2014

This local documentary film focuses on the work of Fayetteville-based portrait photographer Andrew Kilgore. Kilgore has created thousands of personal portraits, capturing priceless moments in people's lives over generations. Of even more importance, he has created a rich library of portraits designed to advocate on behalf of marginalized members of our society. This new form of "advocacy portrait" helps viewers connect with and better understand people living in dire need of our attention and support. The film will be followed by a discussion between director Dan Robinson and the artist. The Lens to the Soul was commissioned by The Fayetteville Public Library, which focuses on locally focused and locally produced film. It is presented in collaboration with Fiery Moon Films.
Multi-Generation Workshop with Alberto Aguilar (Museum)
On 11/16/2014

This is a serious, multi-generational family workshop focusing on engagement between family members and making art with intensity. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
All materials are provided.
Art Book Club: All About Audubon (Museum)
On 11/17/2014

Take your pick of one of three John James Audubon biographical selections and join Library Director Catherine Petersen for a discussion of the fascinating life of The Birds of America artist. Audubon, born in 1785, was an illegitimate child of a French shipping captain and a Creole chamber maid, and he went on to become a world-renowned artist-explorer. Each of these books will offer insights into the personality of one of America’s most-loved naturalists and will contribute much to the conversation. Book selections are:
John James Audubon: The Making of an American. New York Times best-seller by Richard Rhodes, 2004. (528 pgs.)
Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of the Birds of America by William Souder, 2004. (384 pgs.)
Audubon's Elephant: America's Greatest Naturalist and the Making of the Birds of America by Duff Hart-Davis, 2004. (216 pgs.)
Great Hall Concert: Call and Response (Museum)
On 11/21/2014

Local musicians Er-Gene Kang and UA Fulbright Scholar Wilson Borja provide audiences with an enriching cross-disciplinary performance through their studies of Alfred Schnittke, widely considered to be one of Europe’s most important twentieth-century composers. This year marks the 80th anniversary of Schnittke’s birth, and Call and Response is one event within a larger retrospective of the composer’s work taking place in Northwest Arkansas. The performance uses Schnittke’s short films as one of its points of origin, as well as Andy Warhol’s Hammer and Sickle, a work in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection that simultaneously addresses cultural legacy and the evolution of perception.
Photography Workshop: Kirk Crippens (Museum)
On 11/22/2014

Join photographer Kirk Crippens for a two-day workshop in which you’ll use your camera to reflect on meaningful issues while photographing the places and objects around you. The workshop will combine off-site photography in downtown Bentonville with studio instruction and discussion. Crippens will help you approach your subjects with a thoughtful eye. Crippens’s series The Great Recession: Foreclosure, USA captures poignant loneliness and dark humor in vacant properties of Stockton CA. Selections from the exhibition are on view in State of the Art. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Preschool Art Class: Color (Museum)
On 12/3/2014

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 explore color in select artworks from State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes.
Video Art Lecture with SOTA Artist Chris Larson (Museum)
On 12/3/2014

Film Screening: Creation (Museum)
On 12/5/2014

Many nineteenth-century artists, such as Martin Johnson Heade in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection, were greatly influenced by Charles Darwin’s 1859 book, On the Origin of Species. Creation, starring Paul Bettany, is a fictionalized biographical account of Darwin’s personal struggles while he was producing his seminal work. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and Fayetteville Legacy Condominiums.
Spotlight Lecture: SOTA Artist Bob Trotman (Museum)
On 12/7/2014

Bob Trotman’s wood sculptures are often inspired by literary theater like Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot or David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Trotman will discuss his self-taught artistic approach which calls on a long history of wood carving, as well as his recent explorations in incorporating movement in his work, a nod to folk traditions such as the animatronic figures in cuckoo clocks. The artist updates this time-honored approach with references to issues that affect our everyday lives. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Arch Speaker: The Future of Frank Lloyd Wright (Museum)
On 12/10/2014

Sean Malone, the new President and CEO of the national Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, will explore the principles, artistry, and values of Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work in terms of its relevance to our daily lives.
Phunbags Comedy Show: Chaos of Comedy (Museum)
On 12/12/2014

Join Phunbags Comedy Improv, the region's premiere short-form professional improv company, in the Great Hall for an evening comedy! Improvs will be based upon art and artists with suggestions from the audience and audience participation! Who says art isn't phunny?
SpotlightLecture:SOTA Artist Susan GoethelCampbell (Museum)
On 12/14/2014

Susan Goethel Campbell works in a variety of nature-based materials, from sod to dandelion and milkweed fluff to leaves. In her Clods and Grounds series, she repurposes post-consumer packaging in which she grows sod to the point of complete rootedness in the shape of the container. Campbell’s lecture encourages us to observe the overlooked beauty at the intersection of the natural and the manmade. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Young Artist Workshop with Kristen Cliffel (Museum)
On 12/20/2014

You know those little mementos and objects that accumulate in junk drawers and shoeboxes? You’ve kept these ticket stubs, baby teeth, and the like because they trigger a memory or an emotion. Artist Kristen Cliffel describes herself as “a storyteller that happens to make sculpture.” Join Cliffel to create works of art including and inspired by your own bits and pieces of life, and create a three-dimensional work of art that tells your story! Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund. Participants should bring their own mementos to be included in the work. All other materials are provided.
Adult Workshop with Kristen Cliffel (Museum)
On 12/21/2014

You know those little mementos and objects that accumulate in junk drawers and shoeboxes? You’ve kept these ticket stubs, baby teeth, and the like because they trigger a memory or an emotion. Artist Kristen Cliffel describes herself as “a storyteller that happens to make sculpture.” Join Cliffel to create works of art including and inspired by your own bits and pieces of life, and create a three-dimensional work of art that tells your story! Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund. Participants should bring their own mementos to be included in the work. All other materials are provided.