As part of our ongoing series of profiles of Crystal Bridges Art Ambassadors, we’d like to introduce you to Tina Winham. Tina lives in Rogers, Arkansas, and has been an Ambassador for Crystal Bridges for three years. The Crystal Bridges artinfusion membership program engages socially connected and culturally engaged adults ages 21-40s in the Museum’s programs. Artinfusion Ambassadors assist the membership program in strategy and event-planning efforts. They also endorse the mission, goals, and programs of Crystal Bridges while serving as public advocates for the Museum. If you’re interested in becoming an artinfusion Ambassador, follow artinfusion at Crystal Bridges on Facebook and stay tuned for more information on the application process!
How frequently do you visit Crystal Bridges? At least once a week, either to visit a new exhibit, have dinner, or meet friends for a drink. What made you decide to become a Member of Crystal Bridges? Access to fabulous programs; and as a Member you are the first to know about exciting events! Most importantly, our membership helps support the Museum’s mission. What benefit of Membership do you appreciate the most and why? I love Member Previews…they are the best! You have an opportunity to attend the first showing of new exhibits before they open to the general public. Typically the Member Previews aren’t as crowded, and it’s a very enjoyable experience and a wonderful social opportunity with other Members.
Are there particular artworks or galleries that are special to you? Which ones and why? Norman Rockwell’s, Rosie the Riveter! This piece is so inspiring to me, and I love that it’s in Bentonville AR at OUR museum. Growing up in a small town, I looked for strong women role models to learn from, and this painting, for me, is a constant reminder that we can be and do anything we want to and the only thing holding us back is ourselves. Why do feel art is important—for individuals, families, communities? Art if something everyone can appreciate as a whole. Even if you don’t agree on a certain piece, everyone can appreciate ‘ART.’ You can take your entire family or a group to Crystal Bridges and everyone can find a section or a work of art that speaks to them. Art has a way of bringing people together and letting thoughts and conversations flow. If you could have lunch with any artist from the Crystal Bridges collection, who would it be, and why? Probably Andy Warhol…he just seems like a very interesting guy! How has Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art impacted you? I now have an opportunity and choose to interact with art on a regular basis. Before Crystal Bridges, art wasn’t a part of my life— now it is! How has Crystal Bridges impacted the region as a whole? Crystal Bridges has not only changed the literal face of Bentonville, but it is changing our region as well. It is amazing the number of people who travel from all around the world to visit Crystal Bridges and therefore visit our community and eat at our local restaurants and shop at our boutiques and see the beauty Northwest Arkansas has to offer.