Sneak Peek of "State of the Art" at Crystal Bridges

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Opening to the public on Saturday, “State of the Art” at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas, is the culmination of several years’ worth of studio visits to 170 cities in 44 states. Co-curator Chad Alligood describes the show as “a call to action.” It featuring 102 artists, many of whom are accomplished and successful in their communities, but who deserve wider recognition. Stay tuned for an update!

Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No. 27 (detail), string installation.
Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No. 27 (detail), overhead string installation.

Andy Ducett, Mom Booth, your TLC needs, staffed by local moms.
Andy Ducett, Mom Booth, your TLC needs, staffed by local moms.

Jimmy Kuehnle, Amphibious Inflatable Suit (AIS) in Captivity.
Jimmy Kuehnle, Amphibious Inflatable Suit (AIS) in Captivity.

Jeila Gueramian, IT'S YOU, found crocheted items.
Jeila Gueramian, IT’S YOU, found crocheted items.

Jeila Gueramian, IT'S YOU, found crocheted items.
Jeila Gueramian, IT’S YOU, found crocheted items.


Joel S. Allen, Hooked on Svelte (detail), twine and mixed media.
Joel S. Allen, Hooked on Svelte (detail), twine and mixed media.

GIna Phillips, Fort Dirt Hole, fabric, thread, ink, paint.
Gina Phillips, Fort Dirt Hole, fabric, thread, ink, paint.

Nathalie Miebach, O Fortuna, Sandy Spins, reed, wood, rope, weather data.
Nathalie Miebach, The Jet Star of the Future, reed, wood, rope, weather data.


Hamilton Poe, Stack, box fans, sombreros, hard-boiled eggs.
Hamilton Poe, Stack, box fans, sombreros, plastic eggs.

Ghost of a Dream, Forever, Almost>, discarded lottery tickets.
Ghost of a Dream, Forever, Almost, discarded lottery tickets.

Ghost of a Dream, Forever, Almost> (detail), discarded lottery tickets.
Ghost of a Dream, Forever, Almost (detail), discarded lottery tickets.

Justin Favela, Lowrider Piñata, paper, cardboard, glue.
Justin Favela, Lowrider Piñata, paper, cardboard, glue.

Vincent Valdez,The Strangest Fruit, oil on canvas.
Vincent Valdez, The Strangest Fruit, oil on canvas.

Wilmer Wilson IV, , photos of a performance in which he tried to mail himself to freedom as a slave had done.
Wilmer Wilson IV, Henry “Box” Brown: Forever, photos of a performance in which he tried to mail himself to freedom as a slave had done.

Pam Longobardi,Ghosts of Consumption (For Piet M.), plastic ocean debris, Anthropocene I (super nature), painting with patinas on copper.
Pam Longobardi, Ghosts of Consumption (For Piet M.), plastic ocean debris, Anthropocene I (super nature), painting with patinas on copper.

Vanessa L. German. Mixed media assemblages.
Vanessa L. German. Mixed media assemblages.

Meg Hitchcock, The Prophets: Surah 21 from the Koran, letters from the Bible on paper.
Meg Hitchcock, The Prophets: Surah 21 from the Koran, letters from the Bible on paper.

Meg Hitchcock, The Prophets: Surah 21 from the Koran (detail), letters from the Bible on paper.
Meg Hitchcock, The Prophets: Surah 21 from the Koran (detail), letters from the Bible on paper.

Miki Baird, swatch...the weft and warp of red walker, woven photographs.
Miki Baird, swatch…the weft and warp of red walker, cut photographs.

Miki Baird, swatch...the weft and warp of red walker (detail), woven photographs.
Miki Baird, swatch…the weft and warp of red walker (detail), cut photographs.

David Adey, Hide, cut paper, paint, foam panel.
David Adey, Hide, cut paper, paint, foam panel; a 3-D print of the artist’s body, bisected and flattened.

David Adey, Hide (detail), cut paper, paint, foam panel.
David Adey, Hide (detail), cut paper, paint, foam panel.

Curator Chad Elligood at Works Progress's Water Bar, water tasting flights.
Curator Chad Alligood at Works Progress’s Water Bar, water tasting flights.

Terence Hammonds, You've Got To Get Up To Get Down, personal dance floors, wallpaper, stereo 1960s music.
Terence Hammonds, You’ve Got To Get Up To Get Down, personal dance floors, wallpaper, stereo, 1960s music.

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Foreground, partial view ofTerence Hammonds, You’ve Got To Get Up To Get Down; back wall, John Salvest, Forever, secondhand romance novels.

Terence Hammonds, You've Got To Get Up To Get Down (detail of dance floor with Civil Rights images.
Terence Hammonds, You’ve Got To Get Up To Get Down (detail of dance floor with Civil Rights images).

John Salvest, Forever (detail), secondhand romance novels.
John Salvest, Forever (detail), secondhand romance novels.
Susan Goethel Campbell, "Clod" series, dirt and dried grass.
Susan Goethel Campbell, “Clod” series, dirt and dried grass cast in packaging molds.

Dan Steinhilber, Reflecting Room, Mylar and fan.
Dan Steinhilber, Reflecting Room, Mylar and fan; the room deflates over a 36-hour period, then reinflates.

Kedgar Volta, False Belief That The Control Resides In Me, multichannel video and motion sensors.
Kedgar Volta, False Belief That The Control Resides In Me, multichannel video and motion sensors in multifamily dwelling in Cuba.

Fahamu Pecou, from the "Grav-i-ty" series, graphite and acrylic on paper.
Fahamu Pecou, from the “Grav-i-ty” series, graphite and acrylic on paper.

Marni Shindelman and Nate Larson, from the "Geolocation" series; photos and text of tweets from pictured locations.
Marni Shindelman and Nate Larson, from the “Geolocation” series; photos and text of tweets from pictured locations.

Marni Shindelman and Nate Larson, from the "Geolocation" series; photos and text of tweets from pictured locations.
Marni Shindelman and Nate Larson, from the “Geolocation” series; photos and text of tweets from pictured locations.

Bob Trotman, (foreground) Journey (Ladderman), wood, paint, wax; (background) Shaker, wood, tempera, wax, motor. mixed media.
Bob Trotman, (foreground) Journey (Ladderman), wood, paint, wax; (background) Shaker, wood, tempera, wax, motor. mixed media.

Kirk Crippins, from the series "The Great Recession: Foreclosure, USA."
Kirk Crippins, from the series “The Great Recession: Foreclosure, USA.”

Kirk Crippins, from the series "The Great Recession: Foreclosure, USA."
Kirk Crippins, from the series “The Great Recession: Foreclosure, USA.”

Jonathan Schipper, partial view of Slow Room, furniture, cable, pulleys, motor. Furniture and objects with string attached will be slowly pulled toward a central hole in the wall.
Jonathan Schipper, partial view of Slow Room, furniture, cable, pulleys, motor. Furniture and objects with string attached will be slowly pulled toward a central hole in the wall over the course of the exhibition.

Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun, cut paper.
Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun, cut paper.

Elizabeth Alexander, hand-cut porcelain.
Elizabeth Alexander, hand-cut porcelain.

Keri Greeves, Abstraction: Kiowa by Design, beads on high-heeled sneakers.
Keri Greeves, Abstraction: Kiowa by Design, beads on high-heeled sneakers.


Peter Glenn Oakley, Stack and Casette Stack, marble.
Peter Glenn Oakley, Casette Stack and Stack, with Sewing Machine in background, marble.

Mary Ann Currier, (left group) Ruminations on the Right Angle" series, acrylic on panel, and (right group) colored pencil drawings of vegetables.
Mary Ann Currier, (left group) Ruminations on the Right Angle” series, acrylic on panel, and (right group) colored pencil drawings of vegetables.

John Riepenhoff, The John Riepenhoff Experience,/i>, miniature gallery that viewers enter from below, featuring rotating exhibitions by commissioned artists.
John Riepenhoff, The John Riepenhoff Experience, miniature gallery that viewers enter from below, featuring rotating exhibitions by commissioned artists.

John Riepenhoff, interior of The John Riepenhoff Experience,/i>, miniature gallery that viewers enter from below, featuring rotating exhibitions by commissioned artists.
John Riepenhoff, interior of The John Riepenhoff Experience, miniature gallery that viewers enter from below, featuring rotating exhibitions by commissioned artists.

Laurel Roth Hope, Biodiversity Suits for Urban Pigeons: Guadalupe Caracara, yarn, wood, pewter, glass.
Laurel Roth Hope, Biodiversity Suits for Urban Pigeons: Guadalupe Caracara, yarn, wood, pewter, glass.