Crystal Bridges receives $17.5 million to advance field of craft

Crystal Bridges receives $17.5 million to advance field of craft

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, has announced a $17.5 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to help advance craft as a field.

The gift will support the museum's efforts to advance the field through research and programming and bolster the acquisition of craft objects for the museum's permanent collection. Building on the museum's Crafting America exhibition, which features more than a hundred works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and other materials created by American craft artists since the 1940s, the gift will support efforts to champion artists, scholars, and collectors; facilitate partnerships; leverage curatorial expertise; and advance diversity and inclusion in the field.

"Today, as we reflect on the nine years Crystal Bridges has been open to the public, we are grateful to the visionaries at Windgate Foundation, who have been champions of craft and fervent supporters of arts education at the museum," said Crystal Bridges' executive director and chief diversity and inclusion officer Rod Bigelow. "The foundation's significant contribution will further the work and impact of the Crafting America exhibition and expand conversations about American art, history, and culture. Craft is important for Crystal Bridges and aligns with our mission because it is an inherently inclusive field that has been more accessible to women, people of color, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and other marginalized communities."