When the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011, the art world was stunned. Here was a collection of the highest caliber housed in a gorgeous building in the most unlikely place--Bentonville, Arkansas, the hometown of its founder, Alice Walton. In a similar way, powerful personalities in Kansas City had earlier transformed their city into a renowned destination for art. Celebrate the arts on a privileged program to these two remarkable cities, with private curatorial tours and visits to collectors' homes.
* Discover the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by Moshe Safdie and situated in the picturesque Ozarks
* Enjoy receptions in collectors' homes to view outstanding private collections
* Tour the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City in the company of a curator
* Walk along the Crystal Bridges Art Trail to experience James Turrell's site-specific work, The Way of Color, at sunset
* Go backstage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, also designed by Safdie
* Dine at Kansas City's renowned fine restaurants
Day 1: Arrive Bentonville, AR
Day 2: Bentonville / Kansas City, MO
Day 3: Kansas City
Day 4: Kansas City
Day 5: Kansas City / Depart for home
John R. Stomberg is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining Dartmouth, he served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University--all in art history. The primary focus of his curatorial work is American art and culture since 1900. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society. He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums, education, and academia.