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Channeling ‘Tech Tangerine’ & ‘Spending’ $600K

In this latest report  from our "Museum 12," who got a behind-the-scenes look at running Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Max Frank describes a role-playing exercise designed to help students understand how museum boards operate. Channeling the brilliantly...

The Guest Experience: Making It or Breaking It

In this post, "Museum" participant Max Frank dissects just what makes a satisfying customer experience at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. One thing he learned: it all starts at the entrance. Max Frank is a second-year honors landscape architecture student at...

(F)acing the Thesis Defense: A Guide

It’s an interesting phrase: defending one’s thesis. It brings up images of medieval soldiers standing their ground, swords drawn and shields raised, images of concrete walls and barbed wire. Images of Alabama linebackers in streaky eye black. But it doesn’t have to be...

‘We the People’

In this latest post from one of the "Museum 12" who participated in our Museum forum, Sydney Nichols unpacks the new entrance gallery to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She responds to the unorthodox mix of portraits, affirms the impact of bilingual messaging...

Investigating the American Spirit

In this post, the first of several drafted by participants in the Honors College Forum: Museum, art history major Jackson Williams discusses the first big task for the “Museum 12”: drafting a new mission statement for Crystal Bridges.