March 24, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

John Wilmerding, professor emeritus at Princeton University, will present, "An Entrepreneurial Vision for the New Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art," on Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre (Room 301) of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, marks the launch of the new Samek Distinguished Art Lecture Series.

The series, presented with generous support from Edward and Marthann Samek, will annually invite world-renowned artists, scholars and notable thinkers to engage with students and the public.

John WilmerdingIn his talk, Wilmerding will discuss his role in advising Alice Walton, heir of Walmart Stores Inc., on creating the collection for northwest Arkansas's new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

He will focus on the Crystal Bridges Museum's impact on rural America and his entrepreneurial vision for this 21st century institution on a national scale.

Bucknell President John C. Bravman will provide introductory remarks. A reception in the Samek Art Museum will follow the talk.

"We are excited to launch this new lecture series as an important step forward in our mission to bring the best of the world of art to Bucknell students and to our regional community," said Samek Art Museum director Richard Rinehart.

Wilmerding is the former chairman of the board of the National Gallery of Art and previously senior curator and deputy director of the National Gallery. He is also a visiting curator in the department of American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a member of the boards of trustees of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the College of the Atlantic in Maine. Additionally, he serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

As part of his visit to campus, Wilmerding will meet with students for a master class session the day after his lecture.