(Left to right) Jason McCann’s “Fishing Trip” 2014, “Signe & Genna Grushovenko” 2018,
and “Stale Cereal on Saturday Morning” 2018
Art at lunch or dinner. Art in nature or indoors. Art flashing neon or towering above a playground. The art in Northwest Arkansas is found in the most amazing places. Our museums are exquisite, but we also shock and inspire people throughout their daily lives by displaying high-quality, thought-provoking works of fine art in public spaces.
Art transforms lives and communities. It helps us understand ourselves and each other. Whether it’s creating platforms for emerging artists or fostering conversation on important topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion, OZ Art makes art part of daily life in this Ozarks community.
On The Trails
Or On The Town
It’s Art Wherever You Are.
For an outdoor adventure, take a stroll or ride to these exciting destinations. If you’re looking for a social scene with eats and drinks, our curated art collections can be found at The Collection, Crystal Bridges, The Momentary, or any of these special venues.
To keep the experience unique for all, our installations are changed often. Visit us to see when new exhibits or events are coming. Our upcoming map of installations will show you the locations in NWA. You can also visit the establishments below to discover a piece of art that just might feed your soul.
- The Preacher’s Son
- Pedaler’s Pub
- Thaden Fieldhouse
- Scotch & Soda
- Blake Street House
- Blu Fresh Fish Market
Hassan Hajjaj’s “M.” 2010/2019
Ashley Longshore’s “George Washington Supreme” and “Abe Lincoln with Sunglasses and Koi” 2018
Museum Quality, Fine Art
in Surprising Places
Imagine being in a coffee shop paying for your morning latte and you spot an original and authentic piece of art behind the bar. Or you’re riding your bike down Central Avenue and you see a massive neon installation on the side of the road. You’ll experience that in real life in Bentonville because of The Collection.
The Collection brings amazing, museum-worthy paintings and installations to the most unexpected places in Northwest Arkansas. This museum-quality art, accessible in various public spaces, is beautifying our area and bringing into view important issues, such as diversity, gender equality, and racial equity. Through The Collection, art becomes a daily part of our lives and gives us the ability to see beyond our own views. We may seem like a small town, but we have a big appreciation for fine art. The Collection shares that with all of us.
Expect to see art in unexpected places as we bring nationally and internationally recognized artists to the Heartland and outside of museum walls. By bringing art into the community’s everyday rhythm, we create energy and vitality for people and places.
So, keep your eyes open. Wherever you are in NWA, The Collection just might be there with you.
Where To See The Collection
Blake Street House
VENUE VIBE: This modernized wellness and fitness club features The House, which elevates change, connection, and togetherness through common ground, social experiences, good food, drink, music, and art. Curated with global artists, from Arkansas-natives to LA-based muralists and illustrators, The House’s art collections flow through each room, creating inspiration at every turn.
ART APPEAL: You’ll see acrylic and gouache on dollar bills, watercolors, bronzed statues, oil and charcoal on linens, silver halide, Leon Russell, Johnny Cash, marquetry, leather gloves, daguerreotype...heck, you’ll even find acrylic marker on cardboard. Whatever you’re searching for, you’ll find it at Blake Street House.
Blu Fresh Fish Market
VENUE VIBE: A fish house that will make you say “Oh my gosh,” which also happens to be the name of one of our delicious sushi rolls. We fly our fish and other seafood in daily to fill our fish market, restaurant and sushi bar; so fresh, you’ll taste the ocean. Also enjoy live music, outdoor patio, and great drinks.
ART APPEAL: Come on in and find out. The neon mermaid sign outside is just the beginning.
VENUE VIBE: Feel the fun, vibrant energy inside and out at this Bentonville hotspot. Enjoy live music on their supersized patio and watch them make handcrafted, wood-fired pizzas in their outdoor kitchen. It’s right off the bike trail so you and your pals or fam can cool off inside with a cold drink after a long ride. Pedaler’s Pub pays homage to our awesome trail system and the growth of the Northwest Arkansas cycling community. Don’t be surprised to see bikes all over the place, including suspended overhead.
ART APPEAL: Come on in and find out.
The Preacher’s Son
VENUE VIBE: Open for lunch and dinner, this farm-to-table eatery sustainably sources menu items from local farmers and ranchers. Seasonal craft cocktails complement the bright, beautiful, and delicious dishes curated by head Chef Matthew Cooper. Previously a church where Chef Matthew’s father preached over 40 years ago (!), the restaurant showcases art at every corner, making it the perfect place to include The Collection pieces. The story of the building, along with the phenomenal food, make this venue unforgettable.
ART APPEAL: Soaring stained glass windows, designed by local legend, George Dombek, shed light on the 288 gold bells hanging in the historic bell tower in this Gothic architectural masterpiece. Pieces such as the electric and eclectic Do the Rocherre by Nolan Hendrickson are also floating about.
VENUE VIBE: With a variety of ways to enjoy the eats and drinks (sit down or grabn’go breakfast, lunch and dinner, or hangout with hot and cold beverages), Pressroom brings casual cuisine, music and energy to the Bentonville square. Meet new friends at a communal table or have an intimate dinner date. Regardless of when you’re there, you will experience pops of art, such as a full-sized crocheted bicycle, that compliment the downhome-yet-urban environment. See the Crosby – a true museum piece inside the restaurant. Cuisine designed by Executive Chef Travis McConnell.
ART APPEAL: Provocative, playful and totally unexpected. You’ll find a giant Abe Lincoln wearing shades or another hip-hopped version of our Founding Fathers next to mind-bending oil canvases. You’ll want to see this stuff. Word.
Scotch & Soda
VENUE VIBE: The prohibition-era interior design brings to life the 250+ Scottish and American whisk(e)ys displayed behind the bar. We’ve got something for everyone (of age) on our drink and food menus - rare pours and single barrels, Old Fashioneds, house scotch jerky, small plates, charcuterie boards, and full meals. Need another reason to visit? It’s been dubbed the No.1 whiskey bar in the state of Arkansas.
ART APPEAL: Come on in and find out.
VENUE VIBE: The highest adventure for NWA, Thaden Field (KVBT) opens a backcountry portal into an aviation polestar. This place isn't’ just for planes. You’ll find aerobatic aviation, an exhibition hangar, FAA education center, scenic flights, discovery flights, bike and canoe rentals, lawn games, and more. You can watch planes take off and land while dining at the all-day, diner-style, modern cafe, LOUISE at Thaden Field. It’s namesake, Louise M. Thaden, is a local groundbreaking, air-shattering, record-setting, female aviator. The history, architecture, and aviation at Thaden Field is your ticket to adventure.
ART APPEAL: George Dombek’s vivid, architectural watercolors of Arkansas counties is just part of the art that will have you floating on air.
VENUE VIBE: Cultural art and authentic street food welcome you as you walk into the small but mighty Mezcaleria. Its walls are adorned with vibrant art painted by renowned artist Octavio Logo, telling stories of Mexican roots and traditions. Yeyo’s brings classic Mexican street food to the streets of Bentonville with a modern farm to table concept.
ART APPEAL: Said best by founder and executive chef Rafael Rios, it's a spiritual connection between artisanal Mezcal, art, food and people.
Gallery of The Collection Art
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While in Bentonville, visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a non-profit charitable organization founded by arts patron and chair of the museum’s board of directors, Alice Walton. The mission of the museum is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building. A series of pavilions, nestled around two spring-fed ponds, house galleries with a permanent collection that spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the early American to the current day.
Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Five miles of sculpture and walking trails link the museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. In addition to the museum’s architecture, a Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was preserved, acquired, and moved to the museum grounds in 2015, and a rare Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome was installed in 2017, both providing access to American architectural masterworks in a natural setting. General admission is free.
The Momentary is a new contemporary art space and a satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in downtown Bentonville. Situated along the Razorback Regional Greenway near 8th Street Market, space has been transformed from a decommissioned 63,000-square-foot cheese factory into a multidisciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, artists-in-residence, and more. The mission of the Momentary is to champion contemporary art’s role in everyday life.
The Momentary was founded by the Walton family, based on the vision of Tom, Olivia, and Steuart Walton. The Walton Family Foundation is supporting this project as a way to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. Its commitment to cultivating arts and cultural experiences provides more opportunities for education, engagement, and enjoyment in our region. The Momentary welcomes all with free general admission. Additional offerings include an artist-in-residence program, culinary experiences including an Onyx Coffee Lab, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, festival space, and a gift store. Explore the galleries, catch a performance, enjoy a savory bite or refreshing drink, or just hang out.