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College Student Events Calendar – Fall 2019

Students! Missing your events calendar?

Wait a second. My social events calendar is missing.


We’ve got it here! Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is your backyard art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. General admission is always free and each semester, we have a full schedule of events to engage you in lively conversations and hands-on projects focused on art, architecture, and nature.

This fall semester is no different.


To begin, we’d like to invite all students to College Day on Sunday, September 8 from 2 to 6 pm.

Join us on the North Lawn at Crystal Bridges for an afternoon of art, live music, and free food.

Live music will include performances by:

+ Vanimal Kingdom

+ Sean Fresh

+ Honey Collective

+ UA Opera Theater

When you register for the event online, your admission will also include free tickets to the museum’s special summer exhibitions Color Field and Nature’s Nation, and a voucher for a free meal at one of the food trucks. There will also be a variety of DIY make-and-take art activities available. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with fellow college students and get a fun introduction to the museum. 

Then, when you’re ready to schedule the rest of your social events…


Check out these other exciting events at the museum this semester: 



Art Night Out
Friday, September 27, 6:30 to 10 pm | FREE
Join us for a Color Field celebration in the forest with site-specific performances, a main music stage featuring headliner Arkansauce, an interactive percussion show by Arx Duo, and a colorful explosion of artmaking activities. Free for everyone!


Lectures + Talks

Art, nature, and social justice. There’s something for all interests. Spotlight Talks are FREE, or offer low student $5 rates!

Spotlight Talk » Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Wednesday, August 28, 7 to 8 pm | FREE
As the official artist-in-residence of the New York City Department of Sanitation, Mierle Laderman Ukeles will chat about her prolific career.

Distinguished Speaker Series » Tonya Lewis Lee
Friday, September 20, 7 to 8 pm | $5 student tickets
Producer, writer, entrepreneur, advocate, and art collector with her husband Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee will discuss the power and impact of art and images to inspire social justice. 

Distinguished Speaker Series » Jose Antonio Vargas
Friday, October 4, 7 to 8 pm | $5 student tickets
Join us for an evening with Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and theatrical producer. 

Opening Exhibition Lecture » Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today
Friday, October 11, 7 to 8 pm | FREE
Join us for an opening discussion on the exhibition Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, featuring artists Miya Ando and Marilyn Minter in conversation with curator Joachim Pissarro. 

Spotlight Talk » Clouds & Art with Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Friday, October 18, 7 to 8 pm | FREE
Join us for an evening lecture about clouds in art, featuring a look at works with clouds from our permanent collection with Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author of The Cloudspotter’s Guide and The Cloud Collector’s Handbook

Distinguished Speaker Series » Marina Abramovic
Wednesday, October 30, 7 to 8 pm | $5 student tickets
Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramovic has pioneered performance as a visual art form, creating some of the most important early works. The performance artist will talk about her work and her exploration of the boundaries between artist and audience.

Spotlight Talk » Light and Space with Gisela Colon
Friday, November 8, 7 to 8 pm | FREE
Featured in the exhibition Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today and an artist in the Light and Space movement, Gisela Colon will discuss merging influences, including form, identity, and material.

Artinfusion Insight » Marisa Galvez: Crystals Over Cocktails
Thursday, December 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm | FREE
Stanford University professor Marisa Galvez will present an interactive discussion on crystals, from medieval times to today, over cocktails! 



Anderson and Roe. Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Van Cliburn Concert Series » Lara Downes’s Holes in the Sky
Sunday, September 15, 3 to 4:30 pm | $10 student tickets

Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, and Nina Simone are among some of the most phenomenal women in the history of American music. Enjoy the soulful songs of these acclaimed musicians as trailblazing pianist Lara Downes offers a tribute to these women and others in Holes in the Sky.

Van Cliburn Concert Series » Anderson and Roe
Friday, November 22, 8 to 9:30 pm | $10 student tickets
With Billboard chart-topping albums, Emmy-nominated music videos, and an extensive international touring schedule, Anderson and Roe present a unique performance with two pianos and four hands. 

Autumnal Equinox: A Color Field Performance Program
Saturday, September 21, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 22, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with a special dance performance in the North Forest at the Color Field exhibition.



The Wizard of Oz
Thursday, September 5, 8 to 10 pm | FREE

The Wiz
Thursday, September 12, 8 to 10 pm | FREE

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Wednesday, November 6, 7 to 9 pm | FREE


Phone Film Contest

Want to showcase your own film creation at the museum? Enter your 1-minute film in our Mobile Phone Film Festival!

The event will take place Thursday, December 5, 7 to 8:30 pm. Click here for entry details and more information.


For more events and programs, see our full calendar. We look forward to greeting you at the museum this semester! 


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