Out & About: Summer of Color at Crystal Bridges

Experience art, nature and color like never before this summer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. With new major art exhibitions indoors and out, and colorful sculpture by master glass artist Dale Chihuly along the museum’s nature trails, inspiration awaits this season.

Two major exhibitions are on display this summer, both of which offer fresh perspectives of the world around us. Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment illuminates the connection between art and nature, similar to the mission of Crystal Bridges. Located indoors in the museum’s galleries, Nature’s Nation features 100 works from renowned artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Charlies Willson Peale, Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keeffe and Dorothea Lange, and traces 300 years of evolving ideas about the natural world and our place within it.

Take a whimsical stroll along the museum’s shaded nature trails through Color Field, the new outdoor exhibition featuring large colorful sculptures against the backdrop of the Ozark forest. Learn about color theory, interact with sculptures, see exciting work from today’s contemporary artists, and discover the impact color has on our lives.

Don’t miss your chance to see both exhibitions for the price of one combo ticket. Admission for museum members, military veterans, and youth 18 and under is free.

Returning Chihuly Sculpture

The blockbuster exhibition from summer 2017, Chihuly: In the Gallery + In the Forest, was so wildly popular that Crystal Bridges has acquired five of Chihuly’s works — including the bright multi-colored Fiori Boat — to reside permanently at the museum. Revisit a Chihuly favorite or discover these works anew.


Forest Concert Series

Each Saturday night in July, the forest will be humming with the sounds of the 2019 Forest Concert Series! Local and national talent fill the lineup, so bring the family for a night of music and fun.

While on your visit to Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to commemorate your trip with something from the museum store, or sit down to enjoy a delicious meal at the museum restaurant, Eleven. For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.