All You Need Is Art
Crystal Bridges continues to inspire on fifth anniversary
Posted: November 11, 2016 at 1 a.m.
Today marks the official fifth anniversary for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. In its five years, the museum has become a jewel in the crown of Northwest Arkansas with its permanent collection including impressive names -- even a Frank Lloyd Wright House -- and its (often free) programming constantly engaging the Arkansas community. Also significant is the list of major temporary exhibitions the museum has hosted, boasting works from names like The Hudson River School, Georgia O'Keeffe and Norman Rockwell.
Thomas F. DeFrantz
WHEN — Performance Lab, 8 p.m. today
WHERE — Great Hall
COST — Free
WHEN — Gallery Conversation, 1 p.m. Saturday; College Hangout, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Performance Lab, 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE — Throughout museum
COST — All free
INFO — crystalbridges.org
BONUS — Both artists will also perform during Art Night Out from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. $20.
By the Numbers
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is constantly growing and improving. In its five years of operation:
— The permanent collection has grown from 1,555 pieces to more than 2,370
— Thirteen major temporary exhibitions have been on view
— The museum’s 3.5 miles of trails attracts approximately 250,000 visitors annually
— Nearly 80,000 visitors have enjoyed the Frank Lloyd Wright house since Nov. 11, 2015
— Crystal Bridges has offered nearly 3,000 programs including art-making classes, artist talks, workshops and performances
— Some 2.7 million visitors have passed through the doors to the museum since it opened Nov. 11, 2011
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