The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Sculpture Commissions
George Dombek, "Tour de Tree", 2008. Watercolor, 40 x 60 inches. Dombek's Tour de Tree series of watercolors inspired the proposed sculpture commission for Crystal Bridges. Courtesy George Dombek.

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Two artists with Ozark connections will create new sculptures for the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. George Dombek, a native of Paris, Ark. who is well known for his finely detailed watercolors, is casting a bronze sculpture of a stick bicycle and an apple tree in the 12-foot-high Tour de Tree. Pat Musick, who lived and worked in Huntsville, Ark. for 22 years, will create A Place Where They Cried, a tribute to the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminole people who traveled through Arkansas as part of the Trail of Tears forced migration in 1837-39.

"These two works of art, so different in spirit, represent the diversity of themes and media that will be represented in Crystal Bridges' sculpture program," said Chris Crosman, the museum's chief curator. "We want to celebrate the rich history and artistic environment here in the Ozarks."

George Dombek earned a bachelor's degree in architecture and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Arkansas, and has taught architecture at universities in Arkansas, Ohio, Florida, Saudi Arabia and Italy. For the past five years Dombek has divided his time between studios in Goshen, Ark. and in New York City. His work has been exhibited across the United States.

Inspired by a series of paintings depicting bicycles fashioned from sticks, Dombek's Tour de Tree has opened up a new avenue of artistic inquiry.

"I've been doing sculpture forever, but not to exhibit," he said. "Fourteen years after constructing the first bicycle out of wood it is great to realize a bicycle and tree cast in bronze that will be placed at Crystal Bridges."

Pat Musick received her doctoral degree in philosophy and her Master of Arts in Design from Cornell University. Musick taught at the University of Houston and at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and also taught art classes at the Arkansas Arts Center. Her installations have been exhibited throughout the United States. She now lives in Manchester Center, Vermont.

Her sculpture A Place Where They Cried builds on an earlier work, Yokes on the Trail of Tears, now in Tyson Food Corporation's permanent collection. The Yokes installation traveled to 22 sites in northern Arkansas, tracing the path of 1200 Cherokee along one section of the Trail of Tears. The new work - created in partnership with her husband Jerry Carr, a former NASA astronaut and now Musick's chief engineer and business manager - will consist of a 65-foot-long formation of native stone monoliths arranged along a mulch path with creeping myrtle and a stone bench. Signage with interpretative text, historic background information and educational learning experiences developed by Crystal Bridges in co-operation with tribal representatives, historians and members of the Trail of Tears Association will accompany the work.

"It is exciting to have my work in Crystal Bridges' collection and to be in the company of such eminent sculptors as James Turrell and Mark di Suvero," Pat Musick said. "The museum, dedicated to collecting American art, will provide a valuable perspective on art history and will be a cultural enrichment to all who visit. To have the honor of installing a sculpture in such a setting is a humbling experience."

Work is proceeding on the fabrication of both sculptures. The museum hopes to complete installation of both works in 2010.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art | George Dombek | Pat Musick | Chris Crosman |

Today's News

November 18, 2009

Christie's Latin American Evening Sale Totals $14,691,900 - Botero Leads Sale

Getty Museum Announces Acquisition of Two Drawings by Klimt

Sotheby's Hopes "Zero Art" Sale will Raise Plenty of Cash

North Carolina Museum of Art Tunnels' through to New 127,000-Square-Foot Building

Masters' Drawings in "Codex Resta" Restored at Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Red Cross Sells Pieces of Historic Collection to Cut Deficit

New Series of Books About the Sistine Chapel to Come Out in Italy

A Rich Array of Victorian & British Impressionist Art Offered at Christie's

Bonhams Showcases Best of British at 20th Century British Art Sale

Ed Kienholz Transforms the National Gallery into Red Light District

China Steps Up Pressure and Calls for Return of Art Treasures from Abroad

Paris Exhibit by Gerard Rancinan Serves Revisions of Old Masters

Collection of Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers Soon to Become Public

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Sculpture Commissions

"Interventions" by Contemporary Artists at Belvedere Continues with Werner Reiterer

Eretz Israel Museum Showing People, Faces, Masks and Beliefs

Cranbrook Artist Anders Ruhwald to Receive a $12,000 Ole Haslund Artist Foundation Grant

Louis Vuitton Auction Raises a Total 495,000 to Benefit the Red Cross

Elderly Irish Dare to Bare All for Painter

Smithsonian Exhibit on Commercial Holiday Displays

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Historic show marks 350 years of Rembrandt, the 'first Instagrammer'

2.- Kimbell Museum Acquires Cranach Masterpiece

3.- Exhibition presents the most outstanding works from the Princely Collections

4.- MIMA opens an immersive and playful exhibition called "DREAM BOX"

5.- First exhibition of its kind pairs classic cars and Postwar paintings

6.- New Bouguereau exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum explores artist's popularity in Gilded Age America

7.- Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85

8.- Paul Gauguin's artistic innovations installed in tropical setting reflecting their inspiration

9.- Major gift to The Met of Peter Doig's modern masterpiece Two Trees

10.- Monet - Reinventions of Impressionism in a new large-scale exhibition

Related Stories

Recent acquisitions and a new exhibition announced at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum Hires Rod Bigelow as Deputy Director

Crystal Bridges to Loan Major Works by Parrish, Rockwell

Crystal Bridges Announces Landscape, Tapestry

Crystal Bridges Announces Work by Leading Landscape, Pop Artists

Niki Ciccotelli Named Director of Education at Crystal Bridges Museum

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Portrait, Sculpture

Crystal Bridges Announces Works by Female Artists

Crystal Bridges Acquires Contemporary Works

Crystal Bridges Acquires New Work by Walton Ford

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful