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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR 72712-4947)
Jen Padgett (Project Director: January 2020 to present)

Exhibitions: Implementation
Public Programs

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$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022

Crafting America

Implementation of a traveling exhibition highlighting American craft since 1940.

A fresh perspective on American craft from the 1940s to today, Crafting America presents a bold statement on the past, present, and future relevance of craft to American identity. Featuring over 100 objects, this traveling exhibition showcases work in ceramics, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and other media. The exhibition traces skilled making across boundaries and asserts the vital role of craft in American history and culture since World War II. The intertwined nature of craft and American experience are foregrounded by the exhibition’s thematic structure, exploring the ideas of Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness. This framework examines craft as an inherently democratic form, one that enables individuals from diverse backgrounds to realize the nation’s founding ideals in a broad and more inclusive way.