About the Don Tyson Prize

The Don Tyson Prize was originally established in honor of the late Don Tyson, former chairman and CEO of Tyson Foods. A jury of respected museum and academic art historians empanelled by the museum recommend for recognition an individual or institution whose work has significantly advanced knowledge in the field of American art over the course of a career. The honor carries a cash prize as well as recognition by Crystal Bridges during an event given in the recipient’s honor.

In 2012, Crystal Bridges received a $5 million endowment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc., to establish the Tyson Scholars of American Art program and the Don Tyson Prize. Tyson Scholars is a research and residency program that helps promote the study and understanding of American art. In recent years, the prize was endowed with an additional $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc.

Press Releases

December 2018 - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Vanessa German as the Recipient of the 2018 Don Tyson Prize

September 2016 - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces First Recipient of the Don Tyson Prize: Archives of American Art