On October 7, 2014, the Museum hosts the inaugural Summit at Crystal Bridges: Insights from a Changing America. Organized in conjunction with the ground-breaking exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, this invitational event will bring together an extraordinary group of policy-makers, thought-leaders, educators, business people, artists, museum professionals and others to share ideas, ignite inspiration, and imagine the future of American art. Participants will take part in a series of informative and compelling sessions on topics including museums of the future, art in the digital age, and art as an advocate for social change. The convergence of new technology, accessible information, and rapidly changing consumer tastes has resulted in an unprecedented rate of cultural change. We experience the change in communities across America and in today’s conversations, trends, and artistic expressions. The Summit at Crystal Bridges will address questions such as: What are the driving forces of a changing America? Which meaningful trends and themes are redefining American art and its role in American life? What happens next? Follow the #StateoftheArt conversation on Twitter throughout the day @twitter.com/crystalbridges. And check back on the Crystal Bridges website for insights and outcomes from the Summit. The Summit at Crystal Bridges is sponsored by U.S Trust and Sotheby’s.
Interested in joining the conversation on the role of art and artists in our communities? Then come take part in a public Symposium which will build upon discussions and topics initiated in the Summit. The State of the Art Symposium is Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15, 2014. All sessions are free and open to the public, with online registration for each day.
You’ll find artists’ talks, panel discussions, and lectures, focusing on the ways contemporary artists are responding to and engaging with their environments—home, community, or natural surroundings—through their work. Discussions will include artists featured in State of the Art, as well as regional art community leaders, educators, and students.
The program includes an opening lecture by State of the Art curator Chad Alligood, plus perspectives on the impact of art in Northwest Arkansas presented in collaboration with the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Department, Fayetteville Underground and guest speakers from numerous local arts organizations. Participating State of the Art artists include: Monica Aissa Martinez, Isabella Kirkland, Susan Goethel Campbell, Dornith Doherty, Flora C. Mace, Matthew Moore, Alberto Aguilar, Lenka Clayton, Kristen Cliffel, Andy DuCett, Watie White, Kedgar Volta, and Works Progress.
The State of the Art Symposium is sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.