September 2, 2013
SUBJECT: CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM AND RALPH FOSTER MUSEUM COLLABORATE ON SPECIAL EXHIBIT
By: Lauren Meyer
The Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks is currently participating in the exhibit, “People and Places: A Collaborative Regional Exhibition,” at the Crystal Bridges Museum, located in Bentonville, Arkansas. The ongoing exhibit will run through January 2014.
“People and Places,” offers insight on the Intriguing Ozarks culture and people throughout history. Curators from the Crystal Bridges Museum selected specific works from the Ralph Foster Museum’s permanent collection, which represent the rich culture of the Ozarks folk music, and, in particular, information on the “Ozark Jubilee” TV show, started by radio pioneer Ralph Foster.
“Showing off some of the Ralph Foster Museum’s rare artifacts of Ozarks history and sharing them with the large number of visitors that go through the Crystal Bridges Museum is an exciting opportunity,” said Museum Curator Jeanelle Ash.
The Ralph Foster Museum primarily focuses on collecting, preserving, and exhibiting items related to the Ozarks region. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to see one of the Foster Museum’s most famous exhibits, the original vehicle used in the television series “The Beverly Hillbillies,” but the Museum displays a wide variety of exhibits. From an extensive antique gun collection to the original Thomas Hart Benton painting “The Departure of the Joads,” every visitor will find something of interest.
For more information about the Ralph Foster Museum, please visit www.rfostermuseum.com, or call (417) 690-3407. For more information about Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, visit www.crystalbridges.org or call (479) 418-5700.