Tyson Scholar FAQ

1Who qualifies for application?
The program is open to scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) as well as to PhD candidates. Applicants may be affiliated with a university or museum, or be independent.
2Does my research have to be object oriented?
We invite applicants working on object-based projects as well as those with theoretical approaches. However, projects should intersect meaningfully with aspects of Crystal Bridges’ collections, architecture, or landscape. Projects with a synthetic, interdisciplinary focus and that seek to expand boundaries of research or traditional categories of investigation are particularly encouraged.
3How long is the term?
Terms available can range from six weeks to one year.
4Is there a required term or is the timing flexible?

Crystal Bridges tries to be flexible with scheduling residency periods based on availability of the Farmhouse, which can accommodate a maximum of three residents. Scholars are given the opportunity to select from the following terms:

  • −Academic Year
  • −Fall
  • −Spring
  • −Summer
  • −Other (Scholars may propose their own schedule)
5What resources are available to Scholars?

Scholars will have open access to the Crystal Bridges Library catalog and subscription databases. The Crystal Bridges Library is open stacks, internally circulating, so any books you retrieve from the shelves will need to be checked out to you and remain in the Museum. Access to Crystal Bridges’ manuscripts, archival materials, and artist files will be available by appointment with the Library. Scholars will also receive affiliate status at the University of Arkansas Libraries, which will allow you to check out books, gain access to additional subscription resources, and interlibrary loan. Please note that Crystal Bridges and the University of Arkansas may subscribe to fewer research databases than your home institution, so in some cases it may be best to access your home library remotely.

If you would like to search our online library catalog, it is available through the “Library” page on our website or via this shortcut: http://library.uark.edu/search~S2 you would like to broaden your search to include the University of Arkansas catalog, simply change the default search setting from “Crystal Bridges Library” to “All Libraries.”

Scholars may have early access to the Museum’s galleries from 8 to 11 a.m. daily, and all day on Tuesdays when the Museum is closed. Object files and objects not on public display may be viewed by appointment with the Registrar. Access to the Museum collections database and object files, as well as arrangement for close physical examination of objects, including supports and frames, may be arranged through Collections Management staff.

6What is the “Farmhouse” and what is provided for Tyson Scholars?

The Crystal Bridges Farmhouse is within walking distance of Crystal Bridges via wooded trails, and is approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Bentonville. The Farmhouse has many comfortable indoor and outdoor common spaces including an expansive yard, patio, and swimming pool (open for use June 1 to October 1). All participants will have a dorm-style, private bedroom with adjacent bathroom. Simple bed and bath linens will be provided, including a pillow and blanket. The linens provided are of modest quality, so you may want to consider bringing or shipping your own bed and bath linens. Furthermore, if you are often cold when you sleep, consider bringing additional bedding. All mattresses are queen size.

There is a TV with basic cable in each bedroom at the Farmhouse; there is also a television in one of the shared living areas. There is a landline telephone in one of the shared living areas for local calls only, but no phones in the bedrooms.

For your use while in the Farmhouse, we advise that you bring a laptop computer or tablet. There are no computers provided at the residence. An open wireless network is available at the Farmhouse. You will be able to access this network on your laptop throughout the residence. Please note that the wireless internet at the Farmhouse is not secure.

Bi-weekly housekeeping includes cleaning bathrooms, restocking paper supplies, trash removal, and light surface cleaning of all common areas. We will let you know housekeeping’s schedule during your stay and will never have someone working at the house without your knowledge.

Cleaning supplies are available at the house if needed. There is a laundry facility on-site with a washer and dryer, free of charge.

You will be responsible for your own meals. There is a large, well-equipped kitchen in the Farmhouse for your use with all of the typical conveniences.

There is uncovered parking available in the Farmhouse driveway.

Each Scholar will be provided a bicycle for use during their residency.

Smoking is not permitted inside or directly adjacent to the Farmhouse.