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.