Crystal Bridges Opens Most Ambitious Exhibition To Date

Sep 12, 2014

"Ialu," an exhibit by Tennessee-based artist John Douglas Powers. The title comes from an ancient Egyptian phrase meaning "field of reeds." It's one of the works featured in the Crystal Bridges exhibit "State of the Art."
Credit Antoinette Grajeda / KUAF

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has put the finishing touches on what may be its most ambitious exhibition to date. It opens to the public Saturday.

The curatorial team at the museum has traveled more than 100,000 miles to visit nearly 1,000 artists. Museum president Don Bacigalupi says they worked to find artists that have not yet been part of the national art scene.

Curator Chad Alligood says the end result is "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now," an exhibition that features 227 works from 102 artists who range in age from 24 to 87 years old. It covers 19,000 square feet and artwork can be found on the museum grounds as well as the nearby downtown Bentonville Square. 

Reporter Antoinette Grajeda with Fayetteville station KUAF has more on the exhibit.  You can hear her report above.