SEP 13 2014 – JAN 19 2015



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.


Video Interviews with the Artists

Bios • Work • Process


College Ambassadors » RE:SPECTIVE
Anyone can create. Everyone is an artist.Let’s re:kindle an old flame. Let’s make art re:touchable. Re:mix your realm. Re:...
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 7:00 pm
Meet the Artist & Demonstration » State of the Art artist Bob Trotman
Stop by the studios any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet State of the Art artist Bob Trotman, see how he creates hi...
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 10:00 am


Capturing Nature in Clay: An Autumn Project


Cooler weather is upon us, and many of us, including me, treasure those last warm days of the year. As an Art Instructor for a museum that has over 3.5 miles of winding trails, the opportunity to incorporate the natural beauty into lessons is too good to resist. Some of the artists in our exhibition


State of the Art Museum Store Connection


We know there are quite a few works in State of the Art with connections to Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection. But did you know the Museum Store has a connection to a work in the State of the Art too?   Much like Emily Erb’s artwork World Map, regional artisan Susan Tinker’s work uses the


Let’s Talk About It: the State of the Art Symposium


I was pretty floored when I heard from our curators that they were going rogue in developing their next exhibition by traveling cross-country to get to know artists in their studios.   Why would such an idea be so shocking to me? I think in part we’ve become conditioned that establishments such as museums often