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Member Spotlight: Alice Havner

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“Experiencing art sparks a part of the brain that cannot be tapped by any other experience.”

How frequently do you visit Crystal Bridges?

I run the Crystal Bridges trails every weekend and I venture inside the Museum itself at least 4 to 5 times per month.

How has Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art impacted you and your family?

At an early age, my parents instilled in me a great appreciation for art, and Crystal Bridges has definitely expanded this appreciation. I can’t recall a family vacation where we didn’t visit a local art museum, art show, theater production, or concert. Now, we have the luxury of visiting a world-class art museum any time we want. I think this still awes us.

Remarkably, when we visit other art museums in cities like Dallas or Boston, I compare them to Crystal Bridges. When I see works in those museums by artists that we have in our museum, I tend to get a little cocky and slightly possessive: Oh, you have a Warhol? We have multipleWarhols.

What benefit of Membership do you appreciate the most and why?

I like the Member previews for the new exhibitions. Some exhibits draw a crowd throughout the entire display period, so it is nice to go early and experience the exhibition without too much of a crowd.

If you could have lunch with any artist from the Crystal Bridges collection, who would it be, and why?

Definitely Norman Rockwell. I would ask him all about Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, and his Four Freedoms series. This goes back to my love for history, government, and politics. It would be amazing to hear from someone who spent so much time translating the state of the times into such thought-provoking works. I’d also like to know which Saturday Evening Post cover he enjoyed creating the most and why. I think we would be great friends

What three songs would be on your Crystal Bridges play list?

The Zephyr Song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty
Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise by the Avett Brothers

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