Year at a Glance

2016 Overall Attendance: 622,287

Three Busiest Days of the Year

Sept. 4

Nov. 25

Dec 31

2016 Highlights


Total Revenues: $25,366,186

Total Expenses: $24,691,203



In 2016, Crystal Bridges acquired 33 works of art through 8 private sale purchases, 3 auction purchases, and 10 gifts. By classification 10 drawings, 7 paintings, 5 prints, 4 sculptures, 3 photographs, 3 sketchbooks, and 1 installation work were acquired.

2016 Exhibitions

Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention

January 23 through April 18, 2016

The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip

February 27 through May 30, 2016

Reel Women: Icons and Identity in Film

April 20 through July 18

Black Unity

May 4 through September 5

The Four Seasons

May 4 through September 12

American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum

July 2 through September 19, 2016

The Art of American Dance

October 22, 2016 through January 16, 2016



Books Purchased 2716
Books Received 2029
Books Cataloged 4941
Decommissioned 704
(Lost, damaged or duplicated items)

Reese Teacher Fellowship

The 2016 Reese Teacher Fellowship was awarded to Josh Davis, who teaches sophomore English at Springdale High School, Springdale, Arkansas. His project focused on integrating modern art and literature into lessons on industrialization, the great Depression, WWII, and media.

Education and Engagement

The museum acquired a decommissioned Kraft Foods Plant near downtown Bentonville, with plans to transform the space into a venue for the visual and performing arts.

The museum awarded its first Don Tyson Prize, a $200,000 award for achievement in American Art, to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The 2014 Exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now was developed into two traveling exhibitions and struck out on a two-year tour of five venues nationwide.

Crystal Bridges instituted a Distinguished Speakers program, bringing in internationally acclaimed thought leaders in art, architecture, nature, and the culinary arts, including architect Thom Mayne, food critic Ruth Reichl, artist and collector Cheech Marin, and artists Judy Chicago, and Nick Cave.

Crystal Bridges received a gift of famed pianist Van Cliburn’s grand piano, and launched an annual piano concert series.

A new department of Access and Inclusive Programs was created to collaborate with the community to develop partnership programs for diverse audiences and organizations.


Museum Store

Total Sales: $1,723,888

Net Contribution to museum Programs: $434,616

In 2016, Crystal Bridges’ Museum Store hosted 29 events with artisans, including trunk shows, demonstrations, and book signings.


Total Sales: $1,932,831

Net Contribution to museum programs – $52,738

37% of museum visitors enjoy a culinary experience while at Crystal Bridges

Special Events

Total Sales: $812,236

External catering revenue for 2016: $444,756

Room rental revenue: $242,029

Culinary ticket sales: $125,451

Other Special Events/Culinary revenue: $3,782

The Special Events Team coordinated a total of 98 external client events serving 7,404 guests. In support of museum initiatives and goals, the team assisted in the execution of 152 internal events.

Trails and Grounds

619,304 guests visited the trails in 2016, up 118% from 2015.

The Rock Ledge and Dogwood Trails were closed throughout 2016 for construction of the new North Forest Trail, which opens early in 2017.



Top ten media mentions for 2016

New York Times, Crystal Bridges to Open New Space for Contemporary Art

Artnet, Can Crystal Bridges Turn Arkansas into a Contemporary Art Mecca?

Hyperallergic, Encountering FLW Miles from Where it Once Stood

Minnesota Public Radio, Not a fan of contemporary art? See this show (SoTA)

Wall Street Journal, America’s Fascination with the Road Trip [The Open Road]

Arkansas Times, Picasso, Magritte, and new acquisitions

Bloomberg, Here’s How Museums are Inventively Embracing Pokemon Go Swarms

Garden & Gun, A Weekend in Northwest Arkansas

ARTnews, Archives Wins 200K Tyson Prize from Crystal Bridges

CultureGrrl (ArtsJournal), Happy Holidays: Nimble Bigelow Dances through Crystal Bridges

Human Resources

2016 Year Total

289 Employees: 72 part-time employees, 217 full-time employees

33 interns: 10 high school interns and 23 college interns


The museum garnered 174 new volunteers in 2016, and closed the year with a total of 605 active volunteers.

458 volunteers filled 8,217 needs at the museum, and donated 20,546 hours of their time to support the mission of Crystal Bridges.


Membership Revenue: $1,396,225 (includes Guild but does not include Artinfusion add-on)

The peak number of membership households for the year was 9,798

1,762 new households became members in 2016.

$223,823 was raised from new memberships (includes Guild but does not include Artinfusion add-on)

Retention rate for 2016 was 66%

Peak number of Artinfusion members In 2016 was 317

18 Artinfusion events were held in 2016.


Sum of $ Donated in 2016 Cash Gift In-Kind Grand Total
Corporation 621,000 1,391,526 2012526
Foundation 6,066,395 0 0
Individual 50,515,080 0 0
Grand Total 57,202,475 1,391,526 58,594,001

Board of Directors

Alice L. Walton

Rick Chapman

John Tyson

Doug McMillon

Steuart L. Walton

J.R. Hyde, III

John Wilmerding

Kyle Peterson

Elizabeth Glassman

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