SEP 13 2014 – JAN 19 2015

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The Journey

The ultimate road trip, to a thousand destinations, for one unforgettable exhibition. In 2013, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team hit the road to investigate what’s happening in American art today. Over the course of a year, the team logged more than 100,000 miles, crisscrossing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists.

Traveling to communities large and small, the Museum sought to discover artists whose work has not yet been fully recognized on a national level. On their travels, museum curators conducted hundreds of hours of one-on-one conversations with artists in their studios.

The Exhibition

The result of this unprecedented journey is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the US, offering an unusually diverse look at American art. State of the Art brings together the artwork of more than 100 artists, ranging from works on canvas and paper to photography and video to installation and performance art, and more. The exhibition examines the ways in which today’s artists are informed by the past, innovating with materials old and new, and engaging deeply with issues relevant to our times.

Complimentary admission; no tickets or reservations required.

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Video Interviews with the Artists

Bios • Work • Process

Programs

State of the Art Tour
Learn more about some of the artists and artworks presented in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. This tour w...
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 1:00 pm
Adult Workshop » Prayer Beads with State of the Art artist Vanessa German
State of the Art artist Vanessa German will lead participants in producing sculptural "prayer beads" using fabric and twin...
Sun, Jan 11, 2015 1:00 pm

Blog

Expanding the Cycle of Creative Energy with Kristen Cliffell

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Today we present another guest blog post: this time by State of the Art artist Kristen Cliffel.  Cliffel participated in the Museum’s Symposium in November, and returns to Crystal Bridges this coming weekend to lead both adult and youth workshops in making art using your own memorabilia.  (Learn more about them here:  there are still

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Discovery and Recovery with Jason Vaughn

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Jason Vaughn‘s photo series hide features lovely, sometimes haunting images of the semi-permanent deer-hunting stands he has discovered in his adopted home of Wisconsin. Vaughn grew up far from the rural culture of hunting, and so when he began this project, he associated the stands with killing and death. As he met and talked with the hunters who owned

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State of the Art Catalogs: Library Art and Architecture

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State of the Art is an exhibition that reaches a wide group of individuals from all over the country, but especially for the Northwest Arkansas region.  The State of the Art Catalog is one of the ways in which individuals can take a piece of the exhibit back home.  What makes the catalog even more unique

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