Magic in the Mountains: Art, Architecture, and Nature at Crystal Bridges

Thursday, April 25–Friday, April 26 | Enrollment limited to 30 people

Join the Houston Seminar to explore art, architecture, and nature in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas as we tour the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other wonders in and around Bentonville.
Since well before its opening in November 2011, Crystal Bridges has received a wealth of international attention. Designed by Moshe Safdie and founded by  Walmart heiress Alice Walton, the museum has an exceptional collection of American art dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. Surrounding it are 3.5 miles of trails winding around and through streams, ponds, wetlands, and native plants and enhanced by permanent installations by sculptors including Mark di Suvero and James Turrell.
Sandy Edwards, the museum’s deputy director, will be our guide.

We will also explore the Thornwood Chapel, designed by Fay Jones, in the woods at nearby Bella Vista and will be guests in a private house to tour the owner’s art collection. Overnight we will stay at the new five-star 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, a luxury hotel with rotating art exhibitions.

After a Thursday-morning flight from Houston to Tulsa, the tour group will arrive in Bentonville via motor coach in time for lunch at Crystal Bridges. We will arrive back in Houston on Friday afternoon.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.

If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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