“It has been an honor and privilege to have helped launch what is already among America’s best and most respected museums of American art and getting to know the many wonderful people, most especially the Walton family, who call Arkansas home. I did what I came to do and it is time to return to Maine where our family and deepest roots beckon.”
CBMAA spokesperson Laura Jacobs said that Crosman's last day is the "conclusion of the 5-year assignment to build the inaugural museum collection."
Crosman came to Crystal Bridges from the William A. Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, in 2005, when Princeton art professor and collector John A. Wilmerding was Walton's closest advisor. Once referred to as chief curator, his title shifted to curator of collections when the March hirings of David Houston as director of curatorial and Kevin Murphy as curator of American art were announced. In the book "Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art," which went to press some time ago, Crosman was described as "founding curator."
If he returns a call I made to his home in Bella Vista, I'll update this post.