Tyson Scholar FAQ

1Who qualifies for application?
The program is open to scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) as well as to PhD candidates. Applicants may be affiliated with a university, museum, or independent. 
2Does my research have to be object oriented?
We invite applicants working on object-based projects as well as those with theoretical approaches. However, projects should intersect meaningfully with aspects of Crystal Bridges’ collections, architecture, or landscape. Projects with a synthetic, interdisciplinary focus that seek to expand boundaries of research or traditional categories of investigation are particularly encouraged.
3What topics does this fellowship support?
Crystal Bridges takes an expansive approach to American Art. We invite applications addressing aspects of art history, architecture, American studies, visual and material culture, craft, Indigenous art, and Latin American art from all time periods. Projects with a synthetic, interdisciplinary focus that seek to expand boundaries of research or traditional categories of investigation are particularly encouraged.
4How long is the term?
  • Partial semester – 6 weeks
  • Full Spring or Fall semester = 15 weeks
  • Full Academic year = 32-36 weeks
  • Stipend will be adjusted for shorter terms.
5Is there a required term or is the timing flexible?

Crystal Bridges tries to be flexible with scheduling residency periods based on availability of the Farmhouse and workspace in the Museum offices. Scholars are given the opportunity to select from the following terms:

  • Academic Year
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer 2019
  • Other (Scholars may propose their own schedule)
6What resources are available to Scholars?

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. If you would like to broaden your search to include the University of Arkansas catalog, simply change the default search setting from “Crystal Bridges Library” to “All Libraries.”

Scholars may have early access to the Museum’s galleries from 8 to 11 a.m. daily, and all day Tuesdays when the Museum is closed. 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.

7Are scholars required to lead a program while in residence?
Yes. There are many opportunities to engage with staff, the public, and the University of Arkansas faculty and students while in residence. All scholars are required to present their research to an internal staff audience. In addition, in consultation with curators, program manager, and the education department, scholars can choose their program, depending on their interests.
8What is the “Farmhouse” and what is provided for Tyson Scholars?

The Crystal Bridges Farmhouse is within walking distance of Crystal Bridges via wooded trails, and is approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Bentonville. The Farmhouse has many comfortable indoor and outdoor common spaces including an expansive yard, patio, and swimming pool (open for use June 1 to October 1). All participants will have a dorm-style, private bedroom with adjacent bathroom. Simple bed and bath linens will be provided, including a pillow and blanket. The linens provided are of modest quality, so you may want to consider bringing or shipping your own bed and bath linens. Furthermore, if you are often cold when you sleep, consider bringing additional bedding. All mattresses are queen size.

There is a TV with basic cable in each bedroom at the Farmhouse; there is also a television in one of the shared living areas. There is a landline telephone in one of the shared living areas for local calls only, but there are no phones in the bedrooms.

For your use while in the Farmhouse, we advise that you bring a laptop computer or tablet. There are no computers provided at the residence. An open wireless network is available at the Farmhouse. You will be able to access this network on your laptop throughout the residence. Please note that the wireless internet at the Farmhouse is not secure.

Bi-weekly housekeeping includes cleaning bathrooms, restocking paper supplies, trash removal, and light surface cleaning of all common areas. We will let you know housekeeping’s schedule during your stay and will never have someone working at the house without your knowledge.

Cleaning supplies are available at the house if needed. There is a laundry facility on-site with a washer and dryer, free of charge.

You will be responsible for your own meals. There is a large, well-equipped kitchen in the Farmhouse for your use with all of the typical conveniences.

There is uncovered parking available in the Farmhouse driveway.

Each Scholar will be provided a bicycle for use during their residency.

Smoking is not permitted inside or directly adjacent to the Farmhouse.

9Do I have to live in the Farmhouse?
No, you do not have to live in the scholars’ residence. Housing is provided as a perk of the program, but if you need housing for your family, pets, or have any other special circumstances, you are welcome to find your own housing. Stipends will not be adjusted if scholars choose NOT to live in the Farmhouse.

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.

Bentonville: http://www.downtownbentonville.org/

Rogers: http://visitrogersarkansas.com/

Springdale: http://www.springdaleark.org/

Fayetteville: http://www.experiencefayetteville.com/ or http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/

Eureka Springs: http://www.eurekasprings.org/

Arkansas State Parks: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/

Nearby Airports: