Arts patron and philanthropist Alice Walton has announced the formation of Art Bridges, a foundation focused on sharing outstanding works of American art.
Collaborating with museums and institutions of all sizes and in all regions of the country, Art Bridges will help create and fund exhibitions, bringing together art from museums, private collections, foundations, and a collection established as a part of the organization. The exhibitions supported by Art Bridges will range from single-object loans to fully developed exhibitions, and will include funding for in-depth educational and interpretive materials. Several institutions have recently received artworks on loan from the Art Bridges collection, including Amarillo Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, the Old Jail Art Center, Portland Art Museum, Tyler Museum of Art, and Yellowstone Art Museum. These institutions are designing innovative programming to engage audiences with the loaned objects, as well as works in their collections, through Art Bridges' support.
Alice Walton is the founder and board chair of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, which will provide administrative, collection care, education/outreach, and curatorial expertise to the initiative. Art Bridges also is working with the Terra Foundation for American Art to create a six-year initiative aimed at developing and nurturing collection-sharing networks. Terra Art Bridges will provide funding to an array of institutions across the U.S. to create partnerships and facilitate new thinking about collaborative exhibition development, collection-sharing and care, and professional development that benefits participating museums and the audiences they serve.
"Our country's significant works of art should be available for all to see and enjoy," said Walton. "Outstanding artworks are in museum vaults and private collections; let's make that art available to everyone and provide a way to experience these cultural treasures."