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Lyon College, located in Batesville, AR, is a centrally-located town, just 80 miles northeast of Little Rock. With larger neighboring cities, like Memphis, TN, and access to beautiful outdoor destinations, Batesville is the perfect place to discover the wonders of the Natural State, while also being close to nearby cities for weekend getaways.

Browse the many attractions in and near Batesville, and see the many resources that students enjoy while attending Lyon College. 


Kresge Gallery

The Kresge Gallery was made possible by a gift from the Kresge Foundation, the Kresge Gallery is central to the Alphin Humanities Building. Connecting classrooms and studios, this large hall hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the academic year, including traveling collections, professional artists and work by Lyon College students. Learn more about Kresge Gallery here.

21 C Museum and Hotel

Located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square and a short walk to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is a 104-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, cultural civic center, and home to The Hive restaurant. Learn more here.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Through their ever-expanding permanent collection of American art, temporary exhibitions, and a wide variety of entertaining and educational programs, Crystal Bridges has become an invaluable resource for the community, and a must-see attraction for tourists to Northwest Arkansas. In addition, a number of ground-breaking exhibition and education initiatives place Crystal Bridges at the forefront in scholarship and outreach innovation. Learn more about Crystal Bridges here.

Batesville Area Arts Council

Located on historic Main Street in Batesville, the Batesville Area Arts Council exists to enrich peoples' lives in the Batesville, Arkansas area through the promotion of the arts and to serve as a unified voice for the arts community. The gallery exhibits national and regional artists and hosts a number of workshops. Learn more about BAAC here.

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest

Located in Batesville, the Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc. presents an annual film festival each spring and the T Tauri Movie Camp Youth Summer Residency Program each July. They have been actively involved in advancing film culture in Arkansas for over a decade. The filmfest provides opportunities and scholarships to Lyon College students through workshops each spring. Learn more about the FilmFest here.

The Brooks Museum

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art enriches the lives of a diverse community through the Museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present. Learn more about the Brooks Museum here.

Number, Inc.

Located in Memphis, Number: Inc. stimulates critical discourse by educating, advocating, and informing the visual arts communities of Tennessee and the region. This mission is realized through the publication of Number:, an independent journal of the arts. Learn more about Number, Inc. here.

Good Weather Gallery

Good Weather is a contemporary art gallery located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Housed within a suburban garage, Good Weather exists to engage its community in conversation about contemporary art in order to encourage an understanding and awareness of the diverse practices that exist and the vital role each plays in defining and challenging our current local and national ethe.Learn more about Good Weather here.

Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center is an art museum with a children's theatre and a studio school. Founded in 1960, its mission is to ensure that learning, inspiration and creative expression in the arts flourish throughout Arkansas, for people of all ages and backgrounds. The AAC realizes this mission by developing, preserving and exhibiting its outstanding permanent collection, offering a rich variety of art from other collections and presenting programs for the education and cultural benefit of the public. Learn more AAC here.