Time Magazine has named Alice Walton one of the 100 most influential people in America, thanks to her creation of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She stands in line with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (essay by Jeb Bush); Tim Tebow (essay by Jeremy Lin); Catherine, Duchess of Windsor, and her sister Pippa Middleton (essay by Catherine Mayer); "Today" show host Matt Lauer (essay by Howard Stern), and the singer Adele (essay by Pink) among many others.
The museum's press office released a couple of quotes. From Walton: “I am sincerely honored to be selected for this recognition. Most humbling, however, is the overwhelming response from our guests who have been inspired by the Crystal Bridges experience.” And from Don Bacigalupi: “The impact of Crystal Bridges has just begun to be felt in Arkansas and in our nation. It is wonderful and appropriate that Alice Walton receive this mention in recognition of her vision and ability to transform our views of American art, culture and history.”
Time's Richard Lacayo writes:
With Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, she has placed a daring bet that a small town can become a big art-world destination. We're betting she's right.