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A new multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, and artist residencies in Bentonville, Arkansas

507 SE E Street, Bentonville, AR 72712, USA

Crystal Bridges Musuem of American Art celebrates the power of art and architecture with the beauty of nature in Northwest Arkansas

600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712, USA

Artist-In-Residence Program

The Momentary invites visual artists from around the world to take up residence in one of the three dedicated studio spaces and work on projects in the middle of the Heartland.

We invite artists to create work that engages with the landscape of Northwest Arkansas and how our connection to the land informs our varied identities.

The residency will also include performing and culinary artists who might occupy spaces outside of the studios.

The residency is currently invitation only.


Eric Tippeconnic
Photo courtesy Eric Tippeconnic

It is my hope that the aesthetic qualities of my art convey the inspiration for their creation through the manifestation of images that depict a vibrant, living and thriving contemporary culture. Furthermore, while I honor and recognize the inherent value of Native American history and the unbroken connection Indigenous peoples have with their roots, my art work is not the result of a desire to depict a romanticized and stagnant expression of a bygone historical era.

Conversely, it is my hope that by capturing movement my art will serve as a metaphor for the viewer which boldly states that Indigenous American cultures while intimately connected to their history are in fact contemporary, alive, and constantly evolving.

Margaret Keane
Photo courtesy Margaret Keane

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HILTON ALS : March 15-22, 2020

Hilton Als is an American writer and theater critic. He is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University and a staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker magazine. He is a former staff writer for The Village Voice and former editor-at-large at Vibe magazine.

Hilton Als
Photograph: Ali Smith/The Guardian

Nick Vaughan + Jake Margolin : April 12 – May 10, 2020

Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin are Houston-based interdisciplinary artists creating an ongoing series of fifty installations made in response to little-known pre-Stonewall queer histories from each state. This multi-decade endeavor draws from recent groundbreaking academic work, the artists’ own archival research, and significant time spent learning from and collaborating with local LGBTQ community members.

Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin
Photo: Ayumi Sakamoto

Holly Wilson : April 14 – May 16, 2020

Multi-media artist Holly Wilson creates figures which serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and precious, capturing moments of our day, our vulnerabilities and our strengths. The stories are at one time both representations of family history as well as personal experiences. Wilson’s work reaches a broad audience allowing the viewer the opportunity to see their personal connection. Wilson works in a variety of media including bronzes, paint, encaustic, photography, glass, and clay.

Holly Wilson


Ariel Jackson
Ariel Jackson : September 9 – October 21, 2019

Jackson considers the effect that recalling past experiences has on understanding present conditions of belonging. Themes of loss and transformation are embedded in Jackson’s interest and application of sculpture, video, and performance with a focus on land as a site of negotiating lexicons of symbols and meaning. How sense of place is learned and passed on circulate throughout her most recent work.  Oral stories, poetry, and research are juxtaposed to find dissonance between interior and exterior realities.

Jackson currently lives and works in Austin, TX where she completed her MFA at The University of Texas at Austin.

Artist Statement

Throughout Ariel René Jackson’s family’s history, land has been both a permanent reminder of systemic racism and temporal unfolding of possible transformations and outcomes based on individual and communal actions. Material remnants of a legacy of farming and traditions of black epistemology throughout the diaspora functions as a guide to sourcing materials and research. Jackson often uses installation to situate her practice into ideas of spatial matters as black matters understanding landscape as palimpsest, something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. Jackson’s installations incorporate physical, virtual, and aural elements. Jackson often encases found objects, embeds molds of material archives, and enlarge communal structures using naturally ephemeral materials like soil, clay, and chalk. Performance for Jackson is an opportunity to collaborate or engage with video projection, thinking of the body as both virtual and physical. In different and at times concurrent moments the body, materials, and objects become themselves and leave traces of themselves in Jackson’s landscape(s).

Imani Uzuri
Imani Uzuri : August 16-22, 2019

Uzuri is a vocalist, composer and cultural worker who has been called “a postmodernist Bessie Smith” by The Village Voice. She composes and researches music that reflects her rural North Carolina roots where she grew up singing Spirituals and line-singing hymns with her grandmother and extended family.

She has recently been praised in the New York Times for her “stirring” music and her “gorgeously chesty ruminations”. Uzuri creates concerts, experimental theater, performance art, theater compositions and sound installations in international venues/festivals including Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York’s Central Park SummerStage, Joe’s Pub, Public Theater, Performa Biennial, France’s Festival Sons d’hiver, Met Breuer, London’s ICA, and MoMA. Uzuri has also collaborated with a wide range of noted artists across various artistic disciplines including musicians Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Vijay Iyer; visual artist Wangechi Mutu; conceptual artists Carrie Mae Weems, Sanford Biggers; choreographer Trajal Harrell; poet Sonia Sanchez and composer Robert Ashley.

Flutronix : May 4-10, 2019

Flutronix, Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, is two distinguished flutists and composers known for their “unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu” (The Wall Street Journal). Founded in Brooklyn, NY, the urban art pop duo have spent over a decade evolving as influential creators and socially conscious change makers.

Will Rawls
Photo by Luis Rodriguez
Will Rawls : April 16 – May 31, 2019

Rawls is a New York-based choreographer, performance artist, curator, and writer. His work focuses on relationship and transitions between dance and language in order to consider the poetics of blackness, abstraction, and opacity. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant.

Ebony Patterson
Ebony G. Patterson : April 1 – June 28, 2019 & September 1-15, 2019

Patterson is a visual and mixed media artist who lives and works between Kingston, Jamaica and Lexington, KY.


How are artists selected?
Artists are chosen by a selection committee made up of Momentary and Crystal Bridges staff members.

What kind of artists does the Momentary accept?
We invite artists from all disciplines, including but not limited to visual, performing, and culinary artists.

Can I apply? Is there an open application process?
Currently there is not an open application process.

How long is the typical residency?
Residency range from six weeks to three months.

Is there public presentation expected as part of the residency?
The residency is process-based rather than product-based with artists not expected to complete projects while in residence. The artist can determine whether or not a public presentation will conducted as part of their residency. Artists will be asked to have an open studio for the general public.

Are artists expected to cover travel and housing expenses?
Housing for all artists in residence is provided, as well as travel expenses.

Does the Momentary provide supplies?
A limited amount of supplies is provided, arranged with the artists beforehand.

Will there be a private studio?
Yes, artists will have access to a dedicated studio located in the Momentary.

Does the program accommodate family or pets?
The artist-in-residence program is a working community of professional artists and art space. We cannot accommodate family members or friends of invited guests, for either overnight stays or meals. Service animals are the animals allowed to accompany the artists.

What can artists do when they’re not working?
The Momentary is right in the heart of Bentonville! When artists aren’t working, there is an abundance of restaurants, museums, performing arts centers, and hiking and biking trails to discover in Northwest Arkansas.

Artists will receive a welcome packet and guide to the area upon arrival. Our residency coordinator will also be able to supply information and recommendations for activities around town.


Email residency coordinator Rachel Spurgers.