Crystal Wagner received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002. After teaching as a college art professor for five years, Crystal left academia to focus exclusively on her studio practice.
Wagner’s interest in combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms, alternative use of materials, hybrid approaches to printmaking, and massive site-specific installations, have led to her artwork being exhibited extensively in the U.S and abroad. Notable commissions include a large-scale installation for the internationally recognized band The Flaming Lips. a large shadow box for GNU a snowboard company out of Portland, OR, a large-scale installation piece for NIKE, presented in the Shrine Auditorium for The KOBE X Blackout Experience, and two installations for Viacom, one of which is a 117 ft piece at their headquarters in Times Square. It was featured by the New York Times and was broadcast on national television on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown, The United States Embassy, and most recently a large-scale installation for Warner Brothers, Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Currently, you can find countless features on her work: New York Times, Architectural Digest, Artnet, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz Magazine, Arrestedmotion.com, ArtAttacks Online, Art & Science Journal, Inspir3d.com, Complex Art & Design Magazine, Crome Yellow Magazine, Catapult Art Magazine, My Modern Met , Beautiful Decay Magazine and Dzinetripmagazine.com, many more. She was the recipient of an Awesome Without Borders, Awesome Foundation Art Grant and the Sculpture and Installation Category Award Winner of the SEE.ME, Art Takes Paris, international art competition. In print you can find features of her work published in Contemporary Paper Art Book, “Paper Art II” and the international contemporary installation book, “Global Installations” published by International Publishing. Select magazine features include: Dream Magazine, Bliss Magazine, 13 page article in Juxtapoz Magazine, 2015, Graffiti Art Magazine, 2016, Staf Magazine, 2016, 10 page spread in Hi Fructose Magazine’s 2016 issue, Dream Magazine, India 2017, Frame Magazine, Amsterdam 2017, Drawing Magazine, among countless others.
In 2015 she was awarded the highly coveted Pollock-Krasner Grant. In 2022 she was awarded the Gottlieb Foundation Grant.
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Art & Object Magazine: The Audacious Creativity of Crystal Wagner