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College Night: Summer on the Open Road (Museum)
On 5/6/2016

Calling all college students! Get ready for summer with a night of live music, gallery performances, and more, inspired by The Open Road. Screenings of cult-classic films will be held outdoors on the lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House. All are welcome to attend, presented by Crystal Bridges College Ambassadors.
Sponsored by Stephen and Claudia Strange
Homeschool Friday Fun (5-8): Art and Nature (Museum)
On 5/6/2016

Explore art and nature both inside and outside the Museum! Create art back in the studio inspired by what you’ve seen.
Homeschool Friday Fun (9-12): Art and Nature (Museum)
On 5/6/2016

Explore art and nature both inside and outside the Museum! Create art back in the studio inspired by what you’ve seen.
Yoga and Art Chakra Series: Sacral (Museum)
On 5/6/2016

Refresh and replenish creativity! Yoga Story’s Cindee Joslin leads this uplifting group experience uniting the power of art with the beauty of nature. Discover various spaces of the Museum, inside and out, as you are refreshed and renewed through motivational sessions that embody balancing chakras, color, and movement. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and dress appropriately. This month's chakra: sacral.
Writer's Group: Featured Poet Houston Hughes (Museum)
From 5/9/2016 through 6/13/2016

March: Join local poet Houston Hughes to explore poetry inspired by travel and life on the road in the temporary exhibition The Open Road.

April: Explore poetry inspired by the beauty of nature with local poet Houston Hughes. Each month in our spring sessions will explore a variety of traditional and contemporary poetry styles, honoring nature with discussion, writing, and recitations on the Museum grounds.
Wednesday Figure Drawing from the Nude Model (Museum)
From 5/11/2016 through 6/22/2016

Join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for this adult figure drawing class with a nude model. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses. Participants must be 18 or older. (Note: Figure Drawing sessions with a clothed model are offered on the first and third Mondays of each month, and are open to participants ages 14 and up.)
Distinguished Speaker Series: Thom Mayne (Great Hall)
On 5/12/2016

Innovative designer, inspiring thought leader, and award-winning architect Thom Mayne will explore how architecture connects us with people and landscape. Mayne founded Morphosis Architecture as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design such as the NYC Cooper Union Building and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. Mayne’s honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). Under Mayne’s direction, Morphosis Architecture has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including a large solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2006. Morphosis buildings and projects have been published extensively, and the firm has been the subject of 26 monographs.
American Sign Language interpretation is provided for all distinguished speaker programs. For preferred seating, please contact us at access@crystalbridges.org or 479-418-5724 (voice). Relay or voice calls welcome. American Sign Language interpretation sponsored by Loreen Arbus.
Studio Squad (ages 11-13): Nature Connections (Museum)
On 5/12/2016

Discover the connections between art and nature! We will see how artists are inspired by nature, and even try our hand at plein-air painting.
Sponsored by Nickelodeon.
Discover the Grounds: Nature Photography (Museum)
On 5/14/2016

See nature through the eyes of renowned nature photographer Bob Lyons, Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware. After an inspiring presentation on his 30-year career as a photographer and contributor for horticultural information software Horticopia, Lyons will guide participants in using eyes, mind, and camera to capture personal landscapes. All image-taking devices are welcome; or simply come, listen, and gain a new perspective on looking at nature and landscapes!
Young Artists Class: Nature Inspiration (Museum)
On 5/14/2016

Explore the flora and fauna in and around the Museum. Create art inspired by what you’ve seen back in the studio.
Monday Figure Drawing (Museum)
From 5/16/2016 through 6/20/2016

Join us on the first and third Mondays of each month for this adult Figure Drawing class 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 other guests at the Museum. Participants must be 14 and older. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses, and longer poses. All materials are provided.
Performance Lab: Nels Cline and Norton Wisdom (Museum)
On 5/20/2016

Guitarist Nels Cline of Wilco, and painter Norton Wisdom, both masters of their medium, will join together for an evening of sonic and visual improvisation in this live performance of Stained Radiance. Armed with his guitar and audio effects, Cline constructs lush soundscapes illustrated by Wisdom’s brush-stroke spontaneity in creating ever-changing images. Stained Radiance received rave reviews at the Big Ear Festival in Knoxville and at the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MOCA. Cline has been a major force as a guitarist and improviser, and was named one of the top 100 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. He has gained his widest fame as lead guitarist of the acclaimed rock band Wilco. Wisdom is a performance artist who spontaneously paints images onstage with musical ensembles, capturing the essence of the live moment. In addition to Stained Radiance, Wisdom has collaborated with The Doors and super-group Banyan featuring Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Rob Wasserman, Willie Waldman, and Cline.
Sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and Demara Titzer.
Photo Salon: Route 66 with Greg Disch (Museum)
On 5/20/2016

Grab your camera and hit the road during this exciting opening for the Photo Salon season, highlighting the photography of The Open Road exhibition! Photographer Greg Disch will discuss and his personal journey of taking images on the iconic Route 66 as we go off-site and explore the iconic landmarks of Downtown Bentonville. Disch leads the annual Route 66 excursion for the Photography Society of Northwest Arkansas each year and has taken over 3,500 images along Route 66, which are soon to be published.
DISH (Museum)
On 5/25/2016

Wednesday, May 25, 6 to 7:30 pm
DISH » Iconic Women
Join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero as he hosts a lively, insightful dialog between strong women in both the culinary and art worlds. Open to guests ages 21 and above.
$35 ($28 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Member Morning: The Open Road (Temporary Exhibition Gallery)
From 5/25/2016 through 5/28/2016

Members only opportunity to get the insider scoop of The Open Road from our trained volunteer gallery guides. Learn more about the artists, their journey or road trip, and the photographs included in the exhibition. Artists included in the tour are: Robert Frank, Inge Morath, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Ryan McGinley.
Film Series and Conversation: 45 RPM (Great Hall)
On 5/26/2016

The Open Road Film Series presents an outdoor screening of the Arkansas-based film 45 RPM, as well as a pre-screening conversation with Arkansas filmmaker Juli Jackson, artist Mandi Maxwell, and actor Jason Thompson. 45 RPM is a dark comedy following a road trip through Arkansas, told from the perspective of a young woman journeying to become an artist. Drawing on Arkansas’ unique musical heritage, showcasing local artists, and featuring original music, 45 RPM brings together a wealth of modern talent and Southern music legends, including bluesman CeDell Davis, rockabilly pioneer Joyce Green, and early garage rockers The Coachmen and The Spyders.
Sponsored by inVeritas and Demara Titzer.
Art by the Glass: Masterpiece Mashup (Museum)
On 5/27/2016

Discover two very different artists and artistic styles in our permanent collection, and combine them in one original work of art! This social class is complemented with two glasses of wine and light hors d'oeuvres. All materials are provided.
Members' Last Look: The Open Road (Temporary Exhibition Gallery)
On 5/30/2016

Members are invited to a Members-only Last Look of the temporary exhibition The Open Road, Crystal Bridges’ first large-scale photography exhibition that presents the story of the American road as inspiration. With 100+ images, The Open Road features 19 photographers on the move across America from the 1950s to today. Celebrate the great American road trip with this don’t-miss exhibition.
Artinfusion Summer Fling (Museum)
On 6/3/2016

Artinfusion presents a Summer Fling on the lawn of the Frank Lloyd Wright house! Welcome summer with a luau party featuring a music stage for dancing, as well as additional performance art and Hawaiian leis making. A special light show will round out the evening! Come dressed in your best summer luau attire.
Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, Wright Lindsey Jennings, and Blue Moon Brewing Company.
Adult Workshop: Urban Plein-Air Painting (Museum)
On 6/4/2016

Canadian artist Terry Shoffner will lead a two-day workshop on urban plein-air painting in watercolor, highlighting the architecture of Crystal Bridges and Bentonville. This weekend course will cover the fundamentals of watercolor painting, architectural gesture drawing, and painting en plein air on the beautiful trails and grounds of the Museum, as well as Bentonville’s downtown square. Participants are required to bring their own lunch and dress appropriately for the outdoors. Easels and art materials are provided. A practicing artist for over 40 years, Shoffner has taught at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto since 1980. His work has appeared in magazines, books, advertising, and design throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and he has created more than 260 portraits for The Wall Street Journal.
Member - Speaker Meet & Greet: Max Ferguson (Great Hall)
On 6/5/2016

Members are invited to a Meet & Greet with artist Max Ferguson prior to his Spotlight Talk. Ferguson's Time is part of the Museum’s permanent collection and you may remember it as the cover from a past edition of C Magazine. Separate registration is required for the Spotlight Talk.
Free, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line at 479.418.5728.
South Lobby
Spotlight Talk: Max Ferguson, artist (Great Hall)
On 6/5/2016

Meet artist Max Ferguson in a discussion with Curator Chad Alligood. An American artist, Ferguson is best known for his realistic paintings of vanishing urban scenes in and around New York City, and his work has been widely exhibited since the 1980s. Ferguson's Time is on view in the Museum’s 1940s to Now Gallery, and the artist is included in many private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York.
Distinguished Speaker Series: Ruth Reichl (Great Hall)
On 6/10/2016

Bestselling author, food critic, and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Ruth Reichl is a well-recognized and beloved culinary voice. The Seattle Times has called her “one of the nation’s most influential figures in the food world.” Most recognized as a writer and editor, Reichl was the Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine for ten years until its closing. Prior to this role, she was the restaurant critic of The New York Times and both the restaurant critic and food editor of the Los Angeles Times. Join us for a book signing with the artist following the lecture.
American Sign Language interpretation is provided for all distinguished speaker programs. For preferred seating, please contact us at access@crystalbridges.org or 479-418-5724 (voice). Relay or voice calls welcome. American Sign Language interpretation sponsored by Loreen Arbus.
Summer Camp (Ages 6-8): Paint the Town (Museum)
On 6/13/2016

Get your brushes ready for this camp that's all about painting. Experiment with various painting techniques and color schemes that are sure to be the hit of your home!
Summer Camp (Ages 6-8): Paint, Draw, Sculpt (Museum)
On 6/13/2016

Explore landscapes, portraits, still-life, and sculpture in our permanent collection. Get inspired by what we've seen in the galleries, and create your own art by painting, drawing, and sculpting!
Summer Camp (Ages 9-12): Paint the Town (Museum)
On 6/13/2016

Get your brushes ready for this camp that's all about painting. Experiment with various painting techniques and color schemes that are sure to be the hit of your home!
Summer Camp (Ages 9-12): Paint, Draw, Sculpt (Museum)
On 6/13/2016

Explore landscapes, portraits, still-life, and sculpture in our permanent collection. Get inspired by what we've seen in the galleries, and create your own art by painting, drawing, and sculpting!
Painting Your Palate (Great Hall)
On 6/16/2016

Eleven brings together artmaking and the culinary world in a fun-filled evening. Our Museum Educator will guide you through an opportunity to paint using the very same wines you’ll be sipping. Come with a thirst to learn more, and leave with a unique work of your own. Light appetizers are included throughout the event.
$55 ($44 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
The Great Reveal: Butterflies (Museum)
On 6/16/2016

As the warm weather draws butterflies to Crystal Bridges’ grounds, view color-plate images of these beautiful insects from our rare book collections. Highlighted items will be available for close viewing following the talk.
Photo Salon: Personal Narrative with Dan Snow (Museum)
On 6/17/2016

Join photographer and Arkansas native Dan Snow to explore the personal narrative and storytelling through portraiture, highlighting artwork in our permanent collection. Snow’s work has been shown in exhibitions nationally and has been published internationally. He is a 2016 presenter at the renowned Maine Media Workshop.
Discover the Grounds: Jay Justice (Museum)
On 6/18/2016

Join Jay Justice, a free-range, free-lance field mycologist, for this Discover the Grounds highlighting the interesting, yet rarely explored realm of macroscopic fungi. After a short, informative talk about why mushrooms and fungi are some of the most important organisms in their ecosystem, Justice will lead the group on a walk to explore the various mushrooms and fungi that might be seen along Crystal Bridges’ trails. We may even be lucky enough to see a Destroying Angel, or perhaps some delectable Chanterelles, a Reishi, or some Porcinis along the way!
June Yoga Solstice at the Museum (Museum)
On 6/19/2016

Begin the summer season with 108 Sun Salutations on Crystal Bridges’ lush South Lawn, facilitated by Cindee Joslin of Yoga Story. Before-hours arrival: Please note that the Museum does not open to the public until 10 a.m. and no bathrooms are available. Please bring your own yoga mat and water and dress appropriately.
Summer Camp (Ages 11-14): Movie Making (Museum)
On 6/20/2016

Be the star of your own movie! Join local artist and actress Jules Taylor for this special movie-making camp just for middle school and jr. high students!
Summer Camp (Ages 6-8): Faces and Places (Museum)
On 6/20/2016

Discover the many faces and places featured in the permanent collection. Paint, draw, and collage to create lovely landscapes and picture-perfect portraits.
Summer Camp (Ages 6-8): The Artist's Toolbox (Museum)
On 6/20/2016

Discover how artists use line, shape, color, and texture. Explore the process of artmaking to create fun works of art using your new tools.
Summer Camp (Ages 9-12): Faces and Places (Museum)
On 6/20/2016

Discover the many faces and places featured in the permanent collection. Paint, draw, and collage to create lovely landscapes and picture-perfect portraits.
Film and KUAF Chamber Concert: The Caged Bird (Museum)
On 6/22/2016

Meet filmmaker and musician Jim Greeson for a special screening of his documentary, The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price. The film traces the life of Arkansas native Florence B. Price and the culture in which she lived, beginning with her birth in Little Rock in 1887. Price was an award-winning pianist and composer who became the first African American woman to have her work performed by a major symphony. Greeson’s documentary tells the story of a woman who refused to be a “caged bird” and accept the limited opportunities that were available to her race and gender. The film program begins with a 45-minute concert by the KUAF Chamber Music Festival, featuring original compositions by Florence Price.
Sponsored by inVeritas and Demara Titzer.
Members-only: Collecting Art on a Budget (Bellows & Cassatt (B&C))
On 6/22/2016

Wednesday, June 22, 6 to 8 pm
Members-Only Conversation » Collecting Art on a Budget
Join Crystal Bridges Curator Chad Alligood for an exciting and educational discussion especially for our Museum Members! Learn the ins and outs of collecting art on a budget by exploring different ways to evaluate art, discover what you love, and find what you want.
Free, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line at 479.418.5728.
Bellows & Cassatt
Craft Squared: Heavy Metal (Museum)
On 6/24/2016

Kick off your summer with our new studio program pairing craft beer with an art project! In this first session, enjoy beer from Saddlebock Brewing Co., and create a scrap-metal sculpture (no welding required), inspired by David Smith's March Sentinel. All materials, plus two glasses of beer and light hors d'oeuvres are provided.
Educators Program: AAE Workshop (Museum)
On 6/29/2016

Studio Studies: Fiber Arts with Dani Ives (Museum)
On 6/29/2016

Join fiber artist Dani Ives and expand your artistic skills to include painting with wool! In this series, Ives will teach you how to create detailed needle-felted images inspired by the temporary exhibition American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum. Founder of Good Natured Art, Ives is a self-taught fiber artist residing in North Central Arkansas. She has led workshops for artists and enthusiasts all over the Ozarks, including the Little Craft Fair.
Photo Salon: Black and White Photography (Museum)
On 7/8/2016

Discover techniques of high-quality black and white photography in this series led by photographer Kris Johnson. Johnson's work has been featured in several exhibitions in Northwest Arkansas. Much of the influence for his landscape work comes from 19th century romanticism, showing the mystery of the natural world. In using black and white photography, Johnson brings attention to forms and light.
Discover the Grounds: Lightning Bug Hunt (Museum)
On 7/9/2016

Join us for a dusk lightning-bug hunt and celebration with University of Arkansas Entomologist Don Steinkraus at the Skyspace Meadow. Families are welcome! Learn about the transformation of the ecosystem from day to night and the secrets fireflies hold beyond their flickering lights. Steinkraus will train you in the art of catching fireflies and how to safely jar them for research and observation. The evening will include artmaking, music, performance, and fun activities surrounding the luminous firefly.
Summer Camp (Ages 4-5): Mini Masters (Museum)
On 7/11/2016

Introduce your little artist to the Museum! Discover the permanent collection through story time and gallery activities. Back in the studio, we’ll explore the art-making process with painting, collage, and sculpture for some messy fun!
Summer Camp (Ages 6-8): Colorific (Museum)
On 7/11/2016

See how artists express themselves through color! Experiment with color mixing, printmaking, and more to create colorful art.
Distinguished Speaker Series: Cheech Marin (Great Hall)
On 7/14/2016

Primarily known as an actor, director, and performer, Cheech Marin has developed what is arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art in the nation. Marin will talk about his love of art and the events that sparked his interest in collecting. A third-generation Mexican American, Marin has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of Latinos, including the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation and the 1999 ALMA Community Service Award from the National Council of La Raza and Kraft Foods. Join us for a book signing with the artist following the lecture.
American Sign Language interpretation is provided for all distinguished speaker programs. For preferred seating, please contact us at access@crystalbridges.org or 479-418-5724 (voice). Relay or voice calls welcome. American Sign Language interpretation sponsored by Loreen Arbus.
Summer Camp (Ages 9-12): How it's Made (Museum)
On 7/18/2016

Enjoy the unique opportunity to travel between two museums for a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience, hosted by The Amazeum and Crystal Bridges! Do you ever look around your home and wonder, “How is it made?” You’ll find out in this special week of camp, evoking curiosity, discovery, and imagination. Campers will spend the first half of camp in one museum, exploring different techniques and materials to make extraordinary ordinary objects, and will switch to the other museum after lunch for even more hands-on fun. Daily STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and visits to special exhibitions will have your camper viewing objects in a totally new way. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy two summer camps in one!
Crystal Bridges and Amazeum members enjoy a discount on camp registration. You only need to be a member of one museum to enjoy this discount.
Discover the Grounds: Native Dyes (Museum)
On 8/13/2016

Roger and Shawna Cain of National Cherokee Treasures will lead a walk showcasing the plants used to create traditional dyes and pigments, as well as a demonstration of techniques for processing them to create a variety of colors. The demonstration will be followed by a discussion about the traditional uses and symbology of these plants, and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at dying as well!
Photo Salon: Musical Energy with Brandon Otto (Museum)
On 8/19/2016

Musician and Photographer Brandon Otto presents his high-energy photography of well-known local musicians throughout Northwest Arkansas! Learn the techniques and personal connection required for taking promotional photos for bands that highlight their individual aesthetic.
Discover the Grounds: Apples in the Ozarks (Museum)
On 9/10/2016

Did you know that in 1910, Benton and Washington counties had the highest apple-tree population of any county in the United States? Join our Interim Library Director Valerie Sallis with University of Arkansas Professor and apple expert Curt Rom for stories on the history of apples in the Ozarks. Following the discussion will be a fun comparison of apple varieties, including the Arkansas black apple, as well as a close look at our collection of books and prints on this fantastic fruit.
Distinguished Speaker Series: Judy Chicago (Great Hall)
On 9/16/2016

For more than five decades, Judy Chicago has remained steadfast in her commitment to the power of art as a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change. As an artist, writer, educator, and humanist, her work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women’s rights to freedom of expression. Chicago’s influence both within and beyond the art community is evidenced by her inclusion in hundreds of publications throughout the world. Chicago will participate in a conversation with Curator Chad Alligood and two female artists from State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, exploring the emergence of women artists from the 1950s to now. Join us for a book signing with the artist following the lecture.
American Sign Language interpretation is provided for all distinguished speaker programs. For preferred seating, please contact us at access@crystalbridges.org or 479-418-5724 (voice). Relay or voice calls welcome. American Sign Language interpretation sponsored by Loreen Arbus.
Photo Salon: Macro-Photography with Kathy Collier (Museum)
On 9/16/2016

Come explore the minute details of the natural world with macro-photography! Discuss the simple strategies and techniques that local photographer Kathy Collier uses to create her close-up images of various fungi and lichens, and study a presentation of Collier’s work, in which she uses light, shadow, and composition to present her subjects in a uniquely creative way. We’ll conclude the evening with a walk along the Museum trails, where you’ll have the opportunity to take your own photographs of the undiscovered micro landscape of Crystal Bridges!
Photo Salon: Black Light Photography (Museum)
On 10/7/2016

Join Victor Chalfant for the last Photo Salon of the season to explore a darker side of image-taking: black light photography. Chalfant is the recipient of many photography awards, including the Arkansas Governor’s Fellowship award for photographic art. His photography has been exhibited in galleries all across the country.
Discover the Grounds: Creepy Crawlers (Museum)
On 10/8/2016

Spiders, centipedes, scorpions, and other lesser-known arthropods cause fear for some and arouse fascination in others. Meet entomologist Austin Jones under our spider sculpture—Maman, by Louise Bourgeois—to discover the native crawlers here in the Ozarks, and how being creepy can actually be a good thing! We’ll discuss the characteristics that make them unique, where to find them, and how to avoid danger when exploring these often-misunderstood members of our community.
Distinguished Speaker Series: Nick Cave (Great Hall)
On 12/2/2016

Nick Cave is an artist and educator working between the visual and performing arts. In a conversation with Curator Chad Alligood, Cave will talk about his lifework, including his Soundsuits in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection. Utilizing a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance, Cave’s solo exhibitions are seen throughout the world, including the galleries of Denver Art Museum; Chicago Cultural Center; Studio la Città, Verona, Italy; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; and Seattle Art Museum. Cave serves as a Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
American Sign Language interpretation is provided for all distinguished speaker programs. For preferred seating, please contact us at access@crystalbridges.org or 479-418-5724 (voice). Relay or voice calls welcome. American Sign Language interpretation sponsored by Loreen Arbus.