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Exhibition at Crystal Bridges Showcases “People and Places” from Six Regional Collections

A new exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art brings together six regional institutions to showcase the people and places that make Northwest Arkansas and the Ozark region unique. The exhibition, titled People and Places: A Collaborative Regional Exhibition, will remain on view in the museum’s south corridor through January 6, 2014.

Each partnering institution has provided objects from its collection to tell the story of an individual or a location significant to the region. The exhibition showcases historic figures, from leaders of the Cherokee nation, to television and radio pioneer Ralph Foster, to President William Jefferson Clinton; and highlights the architectural tradition of Arkansas personified in influential architects E. Fay Jones and Edward Durell Stone. It also showcases some of the places that make Arkansas special: from the colorful history of Eureka Springs to the long tradition of Daisy Airguns in Rogers. People and Places provides insight into the region’s fascinating cultural landscape.

Partner institutions for the exhibition include: The Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, OK; The Eureka Springs Historical Museum; Eureka Springs, AR; The Daisy Airgun Museum, Rogers, AR; The Ralph Foster Museum, Point Lookout, MO; University of Arkansas Special Collections, Fayetteville, AR; and The Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR.

“The Community Showcase exhibition People and Places is an excellent opportunity to promote partner museums from this region,” said Assistant Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man, who helped to organize the exhibition. “These museums have fascinating collections that provide rich learning experiences about this area’s history, art, and culture. People and Places features some surprising but also historically significant objects that tell the story of the area’s inspiring people and communities. Previous partner museums have seen an increase in visitor numbers, and we hope partnerships like People and Places will continue to contribute to Northwest Arkansas becoming a destination for visitors interested in art and culture.”

People and Places is the second in an ongoing series of collaborative exhibitions mounted by Crystal Bridges. The first, Sharing Our Story, showcased objects from the Museum of Native American History, Bentonville; Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale; Pea Ridge National Military Park, Pea Ridge; Rogers Historical Museum, Rogers; the Walmart Visitor Center, Bentonville; and the University Museum, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

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