Crystal Bridges Blog

Expanding the Cycle of Creative Energy with Kristen Cliffell


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… Read more »

Kristen Cliffel talks with visitors in the gallery during the State of the Art Symposium

AIA Gold Medalists at Crystal Bridges


We are delighted to announce that Moshe Safdie, the world-renowned architect who designed Crystal Bridges, has been awarded the 2015 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects.   The AIA’s announcement notes that “The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is considered to be the profession’s highest honor that an individual can receive. The… Read more »

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A Museum Store Holiday Gift Guide


I love Museum Stores.  They are one of my favorite places to shop for cool, unique gifts.  And Crystal Bridges Museum Store goes above and beyond because of the many one-of-a-kind items it features that have been hand crafted by regional artists and artisans–in addition to the prints, books, jewelry, toys, and memorabilia on offer.   This… Read more »

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Turkey: The Beast for the Feast


Many of us eat turkey only twice a year:  at Thanksgiving and the Yuletide feast. What is it about these traditional family meals that calls for turkey over rack of lamb or a nice London broil?  A very informative article by Michell Tsai on Slate.com explains it this way: “They were fresh, affordable, and big enough to… Read more »

Eleven Chef Bill Lyle whips up some Turkey Rillettes.

Giving Back: A View from the Museum Library


At last count, Crystal Bridges had an active volunteer corps of 681 dedicated, hard-working, and friendly individuals. This post by Library Guide Bob DeGarmo provides a volunteer’s-eye-view of what volunteers contribute to the function and culture of Crystal Bridges, as well as what they gain in knowledge, fellowship, and fun.  It’s also a great reminder to… Read more »

The Crystal Bridges Library

Meet Crystal Bridges’ Newest Curator: Mindy Besaw


This month Crystal Bridges welcomed Mindy Besaw to our curatorial staff.  Mindy comes to us from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Whitney Western Art Museum. (You can read more about her background, as well as about two other Crystal Bridges curators, here.) I did a little Q&A with our new curator to introduce you… Read more »

Crystal Bridges Curator Mindy Besaw.

Discovery and Recovery with Jason Vaughn


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… Read more »

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The Proposal, Crystal Bridges Style


Jan Hagan staffs Crystal Bridges’ Call Center and often shares with our blog readers some of the remarkable human encounters he has with the people he talks to on the phone.  He is often instrumental in helping guests by offering directions, making recommendations, answering questions, and occasionally helping fulfill very special requests. Since it is Thanksgiving,… Read more »