May 14, 2012 Alice Walton, founder and board chair of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, receives an honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters from the University of Arkansas during the spring All-University commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12. President of the University of Arkansas System Don Bobbitt, chairman of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees Mike Akin, and university Chancellor G. David Gearhart confer the degree. Photo courtesy of the University of Arkansas. Additional information is available online at http://newswire.uark.edu/article.aspx?id=17741 # # # The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities. Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by Alice Walton, who chairs the Museum’s board of directors.