Dornith Doherty and Kim Cadmus Owens among 102 artists selected for State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. recently announced that the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now will feature 102 artists from all over the country. Dallas-based artists, Dornith Doherty and Kim Cadmus Owens' work will be included in State of the Art, which debuts at Crystal Bridges on September 13.

Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Assistant Curator Chad Alligood traveled to Dallas in summer of 2013 to conduct interviews with Doherty and Owens as part of the search for the most compelling American art being created today.

These studio visits were two of nearly 1,000 stops made by the curatorial team during a year-long, 100,000 mile journey across the country to discover artists whose work has not yet been fully recognized. The result is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the U.S., offering an unusually diverse and nuanced look at American art. The 102 artists selected range in age from 24 - 87, including 54 male and 48 female artists from across the country.

Dornith Doherty's Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings & Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden #2Dornith Doherty's Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings & Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden #2, a digital chromogenic lenticular print of x-ray collages of seeds and plants, will be included in State of the Art. Doherty's work explores the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species and decreased agricultural diversity.

Coming and Going, a large-scale oil diptych, by Kim Cadmus Owens will also be included in State of the Art. Owens' is inspired by nostalgic imagery which reflects decades of redevelopment. Through a combination of digital and analogue processes involving shifts in color, perspective and composition, Owens exposes structures from the past in order to question the future.

"The complexity of themes in the work mirrors the diversity and individuality of the makers. Each artist represents meaningful conversations happening in rural communities, small towns, and more densely populated urban centers all across the country," said Crystal Bridges assistant curator Chad Alligood. "The artists are responding to the same things we're all responding to in our daily lives. We hope that this exhibition will inspire new ways to experience contemporary art and the evolving narratives that make up our cultural fabric."

From works on canvas and paper to photography, video to installation, sculpture to ceramics and more, the diverse range of styles and voices from across the U.S. reflects what's happening in American art right now.

"The exhibition is a glimpse into the state of art in our nation at this moment," said Crystal Bridges president Don Bacigalupi. "Presenting the exhibition at Crystal Bridges provides us an opportunity to see contemporary art in the broader historical context. By examining a wide range of works by artists from across the country, we can gain insight into our nation as a whole: our collective passions, challenges, and concerns."

The State of the Art exhibition, featuring more than 200 works by the 102 artists, will reach beyond the museum's temporary exhibition spaces, extending into the permanent collection galleries and activating community areas indoors and out. Visitors to the exhibition will traverse through the museum's permanent collection galleries, featuring masterworks such as Asher Brown Durand's Kindred Spirits and Georgia O'Keeffe's Radiator Building-Night, New York, before arriving at the museum's 20th century gallery and the beginning of the State of the Art exhibition. The exhibition continues in the temporary exhibition galleries, occupying a total of approximately 19,000 square feet of gallery space.

Article courtesy of Holly Johnson Gallery.

For additional information on State of the Art, please contact: Beth Bobbitt at Beth.Bobbitt@crystalbridges.org or (479) 418.5700. For information about Crystal Bridges, visit CrystalBridges.org. To learn more about State of the Art, visit the Huffington Post blog. For news updates, follow Crystal Bridges on Facebook or Twitter #StateoftheArt.

Dornith was also featured in an interview you can see online here.