Jewel, a four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and mental health pioneer, will debut her inaugural museum venture at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on May 4.


The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel will run through July 28, and will include music, mental health, technology and art, as well as a drone show choreographed and set to an original score by the artist. Also included in this experience, guests will be able to enjoy a meditative art walk through a curated selection of works from Crystal Bridges’ collection by prominent contemporary artists, and a never-before-seen original artwork by Jewel. will include a meditative art walk through a curated selection of works from Crystal Bridges’ collection by prominent contemporary artists. 


The experience will run from Thursdays through Sundays most weeks. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids 11-18, and free for kids 10 and under. Tickets for members are $20 for adults, $12 for kids 11-18, and free for kids 10 and under. A cash bar and culinary add-ons are available. To select dates and purchase a ticket, please visit the Crystal Bridges website. 


The Portal kicks off with an exclusive VIP Premiere on Friday, May 3, where VIP guests will get a first look at the experience and can hear about Jewel’s creative process from the artist herself.




Set during the opening weekend of The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel, Crystal Bridges and The Momentary are hosting the Wellness Festival. Happening May 2 through May 5, the Wellness Festival will feature a variety of free and ticketed talks, workshops, culinary experiences and family-friendly engagements by community partners, showcasing the profound connections between creative expression and personal health.


“I began my creative journey studying sculpture – marble-carving and clay, before moving into drawing and painting,” Jewel said. “These disciplines taught me about crafting melodic structure in the songs I wrote in subsequent years. The Portal combines the three disciplines that are my life’s work – visual art, music and behavioral health – and explores my personal philosophy of the Three Spheres. It’s such an honor to debut my work with Crystal Bridges. They value innovation, experimentation and inclusivity – an ethos I am deeply aligned with.”


This reflective walk-through will be showcased in  the museum’s contemporary wing, and will also include 10 carefully-curated pieces from Crystal Bridges’ collection by artists including Ruth Asawa, Fred Eversley, Julie Mehretu, Mickalene Thomas and Sam Gilliam. In addition to these works, there will be two original artworks by Jewel: a portrait of her son and a new sculpture. 


Guests will be greeted to the exhibit with cutting-edge holographic artwork of Jewel, using Proto Hologram technology. In this space, museum-goers will encounter new wall labels, written and narrated by Jewel, that will guide them mindfully through the gallery. 




Each night, for the duration of the experience, there will be a choreographed 200-piece drone light show over Crystal Bridges’ pond, flown by Nova Sky Stories. Visitors will be invited to wear headphones and listen to a conceptual, original song written and recorded by Jewel, which will be sold on vinyl in the museum gift shop, featuring one of Jewel’s paintings on the record sleeve. The audio-visual art experience has been designed by Jewel to create a space for reflection, connection and transformation, and to prompt introspection, self-awareness and well-being amongst visitors. 


“Jewel’s vision for The Portal aligns beautifully with our mission at Crystal Bridges,” said Rod Bigelow, executive director and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Crystal Bridges and The Momentary. “We believe in creating welcoming, transformative new experiences that disrupt and expand art conventions while enhancing wellbeing. Jewel’s creative vision does just that, and we’re thrilled to work with her to bring it to life. Nestled within 120-acres of Ozark forest in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature, Crystal Bridges is uniquely positioned to provide the space for this work.”


Known for her three-decades long, award-winning music career and mental health advocacy work, Jewel is making her mark in the visual arts world. Visitors will have an opportunity to witness her debut in the art world and celebrate creativity, mindfulness and the transformative power of art at Crystal Bridges. Jewel’s passion for art dates back to her childhood, predating her songwriting career, declaring visual art her “first love.” After studying sculpture and painting, designing sets, and embracing technology and audio components in her art-making in recent years, Jewel’s artistic journey has evolved into a holistic approach that extends to mental health advocacy, informing her creation of The Portal.


The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, Stout Executive Search, Black Hills Energy Corporation, and Cynthia and Forrest Miller.


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