New Contemporary Art Space Coming to NWA

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is opening a satellite contemporary art space in the heart of Bentonville, Arkansas, on February 22, 2020. The new space will be located across the field from 8th Street Market in a decommissioned cheese plant. Transforming the 63,000 square-foot industrial building into a dynamic, innovative, and multidisciplinary space is just the beginning of telling the story of contemporary art in the current moment.

The Name
“Contemporary” and the idea of “being in the moment” curated the Momentary’s name. Lieven Bertels, director of the Momentary, says the name also addresses the continual changing of artworks and programs that will be on display.

Facility amenities will include exhibits and spaces for visual arts, performing arts, artist residencies, culinary discoveries, a tower bar, and outdoor festivals. The Momentary will also host an Onyx Coffee Lab and communal spaces for guests to work, play, and engage in discussion. Courtesy of Walmart, general admission to the Momentary will be free for guests.

Residency Program
An “Artist-in-Residence” program will give artists from all disciplines the opportunity to work on projects in one of the three dedicated studios. Additional spaces outside of the studios are also available for performing and culinary artists.

In the Heart of Bentonville
The Momentary will be connected to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art by a 1.5 mile-long stretch along the Razorback Regional Greenway and only 1 mile from Bentonville’s historic downtown.


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