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Crystal Bridges alters landscape in Arkansas

Museum put state on art world’s map

By Robbie Neiswanger

This article was originally published November 6, 2016 at 3:26 a.m. Updated November 6, 2016 at 3:26 a.m.

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Sara Bainbridge (center), a volunteer guide at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, discusses Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter with Myrtis Wyly (left) and Phoebe Goodwin in January 2013. In the five years since its opening, the Bentonville museum has won over skeptics while drawing big crowds.

Gilbert Stuart’s 1797 portrait of George Washington was one of the early acquisitions in the museum’s permanent collection.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, from 1932, was acquired by Crystal Bridges for $44.4 million, a record price for a female artist’s ...

Redbuds bloom in April at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. About 2.7 million people have visited the center designed by renowned...

Norman Rockwell’s Triple Self-Portrait was part of a 2013 exhibit of Rockwell’s work that drew crowds to Crystal Bridges.

Assistant curator Chad Alligood describes a piece during a media tour of the “State of the Art” exhibit at Crystal Bridges in September 2014. The coll...

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art timeline

Greg Thompson has faced his share of challenges as an art consultant in Arkansas.

Gilbert Stuart’s 1797 portrait of George Washington was one of the early acquisitions in the museum’s permanent collection.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, from 1932, was acquired by Crystal Bridges for $44.4 million, a record price for a female artist’s ...

Redbuds bloom in April at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. About 2.7 million people have visited the center designed by renowned...

Norman Rockwell’s Triple Self-Portrait was part of a 2013 exhibit of Rockwell’s work that drew crowds to Crystal Bridges.

Assistant curator Chad Alligood describes a piece during a media tour of the “State of the Art” exhibit at Crystal Bridges in September 2014. The coll...

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art timeline

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