Tyson Scholar FAQ
- Partial semester – 6 weeks
- Full Spring or Fall semester = 15 weeks
- Full Academic year = 30-36 weeks
- Stipend will be adjusted for shorter terms.
Crystal Bridges tries to be flexible with scheduling residency periods based on availability of the residence and workspace in the museum offices. Scholars are given the opportunity to select from the following terms:
- Academic Year
- Other (Scholars may propose their own schedule)
Scholars will have open access to the Crystal Bridges Library catalog and subscription databases. The Crystal Bridges Library is open stacks, internally circulating, so any books you retrieve from the shelves will need to be checked out to you and remain in the museum. Access to Crystal Bridges’ manuscripts, archival materials, and artist files will be available by appointment with the Library. Scholars will also receive affiliate status at the University of Arkansas Libraries, which will allow you to check out books and gain access to additional subscription resources and interlibrary loan. Please note that Crystal Bridges and the University of Arkansas may subscribe to fewer research databases than your home institution, so in some cases it may be best to access your home library remotely.
If you would like to search our online library catalog, it is available through the “Library” page on our website or via this shortcut: http://library.uark.edu/search~S2. To broaden your search to include the University of Arkansas catalog, simply change the default search setting from “Crystal Bridges Library” to “All Libraries.”
Pending a background check, scholars have special access to the museum’s galleries during non-public hours. Objects not on public display and object files can be viewed by appointment with the Registrar. Close physical examination of objects, including supports and frames, may also be arranged through Collections Management staff. Scholars may also request access to the museum’s collection database and object files through Collections Management.
About Crystal Bridges
Opened to the public on November 11, 2011, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by philanthropist Alice Walton. The Museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building design by architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, a restaurant, museum store, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum's 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American art ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. It has particular strengths in colonial through early twentieth century painting and a growing collection of post-war and contemporary art in all media. Crystal Bridges’ research library consists of approximately 60,000 volumes as well as significant manuscript and ephemera holdings. The library also houses a comprehensive collection of American color-plate books from the nineteenth century.
In 2020, Crystal Bridges will open The Momentary, a contemporary-arts venue in Bentonville. The Momentary is a multi-disciplinary space for visual, performing, and culinary arts, as well as an artist residency program.
Information about Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas
Within approximately a four-mile radius of the Museum, there are a variety of businesses including coffee shops, multiple grocery stores, post office, bank/ATM machines, restaurants, and dry cleaners. Bentonville is fairly pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. For more information on the local vicinity see http://bentonvilleusa.org and www.northwestarkansas.org.
Eureka Springs: http://www.eurekasprings.org/
Arkansas State Parks: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/
- Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) is 15 miles from Crystal Bridges:http://www.nwara.com/
- Joplin Regional Airport (JLN) is 66 miles from Crystal Bridges: http://www.jlnairport.com/
- Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM) is 85 miles from Crystal Bridges: http://www.fortsmithairport.com/
- Tulsa International Airport (TUL) is 118 miles from Crystal Bridges: http://www.tulsaairports.com/