State of the Art

SoTA

State of the Art
Discovering American Art Now

September 13, 2014-January 19, 2015

Admission to State of the Art is sponsored by Walmart and Sam’s Club.

State of the Art is the culmination of a year-long process that began with a focus on some 10,000 American artists and included more than 1,200 hours of in-studio interviews and thousands of miles logged by the curators conducting the primary research.  The result of this unprecedented journey is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the United States and offers an unusually diverse and nuanced look at today’s American culture through the work of more than 100 contemporary artists.

The exhibition showcases contemporary work in a context that includes Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection in order to offer guests an experience connecting past to present. All art was contemporary at the time it was made. By nature, each artwork reflects the time and place in which it was created.  Although today’s artists are creating works in new ways, about new subjects, and for a contemporary audience, the work is still a reflection of the world we live in, it still sparks discussion and debate, and it’s still an endless source of discovery. Because it’s contemporary, it’s also in a visual “language” that should be accessible to everyone—and it’s about issues that matter today.

This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore how today’s artists from across the country are connecting with the past, with us, and with today’s major issues. State of the Art will inspire conversation, broaden perspective, and facilitate dialogue on the issues most important to us—as a nation, as artists, and as a world.

Admission to State of the Art is sponsored by Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Note to Artists About the Selection Process:

The process for selection of artists to be included in State of the Art has been developed by a national group of curators, collectors, and other experts in the field of contemporary art. From an initial list of 10,000 names, this group has narrowed the search to 1,000 artists whose studios Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Assistant Curator Chad Alligood are visiting in person. Of these, some 100 artists will be selected for the exhibition.

While we are not accepting unsolicited submissions of artwork, inquiries may be sent to sota@crystalbridges.org.