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ARLIS/CP Fall 2013 Meeting in Arkansas

January 18, 2014

The Chapter held its Fall meeting in northwest Arkansas on November 7-9, 2013. This meeting was organized and hosted by our members Philip J. Jones at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and Catherine Petersen at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, towns that are about 20 miles apart.

On Thursday the 7th, early arrivals met in Fayetteville to tour Vol Walker Hall and its new addition, the Steven Anderson Design Center. The new complex houses all three academic components of the School of Architecture: Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. The traditional get-reacquainted dinner was held at a Thai restaurant near campus.

Friday’s activities started at the main library at the University. During the Business Meeting, the new chapter Flickr account ( was unveiled, and among other things, by-laws and 2014 meeting locations were discussed. The Spring meeting will be held in Kansas City, and in the Fall we will gather in St. Louis.

Mikael Kriz of St. Louis University gave the first presentation, on the career of Walter T. Bailey, an early African-American architect from Illinois, with special emphasis on his Pythian Bath House and Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After lunch and a tour of the Fine Arts Library, Phil Jones, Catherine Petersen, and Lois Crane spoke about their experiences with collaborations between museum, public, and academic libraries.


The group then made the trip to Bentonville to see the magnificent Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. Catherine Petersen led the group on a quick tour, which included the library, after which there was free time to admire the building complex and the art collection before dinner in the museum’s spectacular restaurant.

Some members met for breakfast on Saturday and more sight-seeing before scattering back to our homes. All agreed this was another highly successful meeting.

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