A field of grass is just a field of grass; yet, in a breezy afternoon, when the sun shines through bright white clouds, it is alive and a part of me, and a part of you.  My art meets the abstract with a formalism guided by an appreciation for nature, figure (botanical, entomological, and mammalian), the balance of light and shadows, the feminine, ritual, and the act of gathering rooted in shared evolutionary histories.  With paint, raw pigments, ink, paper, pencils, and honey I create textured stories as jumping off places for these conversations.  Outside of painting and illustration, I make jewelry through the lost wax method.  This process begins with drawing three-dimensionally in melted wax, layering line atop of line to form sculptural adornment.  My approach to painting and illustration is informed by this process and its results.  The wax is fluid when heated, if forced, it crumbles, when guided with attentive care, it creates gorgeous, organic lines.  Mirroring the movement of the wax and the composition of these intimate pieces, my paintings and illustrations grow from the collections of my senses and intuition.

Crystal Hartman is an artist and jeweler creating abstract botanical imagery and adornment rooted in storytelling and line.  Born in Durango Colorado, she grew up cutting and setting stones behind the bench at Durango Silver Company.  Hartman received her BFA for Printmaking from the University of Colorado at Boulder, focusing on Intaglio Etching.  She studied Femininity in Argentina and filmed for Null Skateboards in Barcelona Spain where her artwork was featured in the exhibition United BAC! at the CCCB, Center for Contemporary Culture Barcelona.  After studying contemporary craft in Chiang Mai Thailand, she returned to the States as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, receiving the Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award for Storytelling in the Arts.  Founder and Director of Durango Open Studio, an event celebrating and sharing lifestyles and process in the arts, Hartman is inspired by history and conversation.  She collaborates with writers and journals creating visual representations as poetry reviews.  Working predominately in Lost Wax Casting, her sculptural jewelry has been  featured in Art Jewelry Magazine and included in exhibitions such as TOP Jewels: International Jewelry Exhibition at the Durango Arts Center and Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature at the Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL.  Her artwork has been shown at locations such as The National Palace of Culture, Sofia Bulgaria, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado USA and can be found at select galleries and boutiques across the US.  Her writing and visual poetry can be found in Art Jewelry Magazine, CutBank Literary Journal and Interrupture Magazine, and through Open Country Press.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking - University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder Colorado 2005

  • Tab Construction - Tab Construction and Folding Techniques, UIUC 2018
  • Wax -Kate Wolf- Rio Grande, Albuquerque New Mexico, Winter 2013
  • Image in Enamel -Veleta Vancza- Ox-Bow, Sagatuch Michigan, Summer 2012

SNAG - Society of North American Goldsmiths, 2015-2020
CoMA - Colorado Metalsmiths Association, 2016-2020
Amasong - Champaign-Urbana’s Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus 2018-2020

  • Art Fairs: Boneyard Arts Festival Champaign Urbana IL 2018-2020, Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO July 2015-2019, Rock + Roll Art Market, Chicago, IL August 2019
  • Arts Advisory Committee - Durango High School, Durango, CO, 2017-2018
  • Artist in Residence and Fundraising Advisor: Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center, Mancos CO, 2015-2018
  • Community Art Project Advisor and Leader: Drawing Installations and Live Art, iAmMusic Festival -Independent Music and Art Festival, Durango, CO, September 2017
  • Workshop Instructor: Drawing - Choose Your Story Make Your Mark, Mancos, CO, July 2017
  • Summer school Instructor - GOAL: Girls’ Opportunities through Arts and Leadership, (Drawing and Mask making) Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, Summer-Fall 2016
  • Founding Member - The Panoply Project, Women’s Exhibiting Arts Collaborative and Events Coordination, 2014-2017
  • Juror: Durango Autumn Arts Festival, Durango, CO, 2015
  • DAC Artist Micro Grants, Color and Design Support, Spring 2014
  • Jumpstart Award, Colorado Creative Industries, 2013
  • Founder and Director: Durango Open Studios, Catalogued Studio Tour and Exhibition, Durango CO, 2009-2011
  • Exhibition Curator: “Open Doors” Durango Arts Center, Durango CO, September 2009-2011
  • Small Steps Award, Colorado Council on the Arts, 2010
  • Instructor: Humanities and Contemporary Art History, Chiang Mai Thailand, 2010
  • Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award, National Watercolor Society, 2008
  • Videographer: “Cut Me Loose” Null Skateboards, Public Release Boulder CO, October 2006
  • UROP Grant “Femininity in Argentine Society”, University of Colorado, 2005
  • Noerdliger Fine Arts Scholarship, University of Colorado, 2005
  • Shirley Maxine Stroh Fine Arts Scholarship, University of Colorado, 2005
  • Apprenticeship
    • Apiculture - Lynn Dimmick, Evergreen CO 2010, Stephanie Gall, Durango CO 2017
    • Contemporary Art Education - Denver Art Museum, Contemporary Art Education Department Denver, CO 2005
    • Lutherie Woodworking - William Rumley, Boulder, CO 2004
    • Painting - Stanton Englehart, Durango Colorado 1999-2001,
  • Internship -Dr. Ronald Ritz, Durango Colorado 2000-2001

+ indicates solo show or featured artist, E-Invitational Event, I-Invitational, J-Juried, G-Group
J Artfully Created in Champaign County, February-March, Her Creative Collective, Mahomet IL
I Poetic Art, Invitational Online Exhibition, Her Creative Collective, Mahomet IL
I 1X1, And Durango, Durango Colorado POSTPONED
I “Blurring the Line: Form, Function, Design”  June 6-August 25, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada CO
+“Portfolio of a year…” Hopscotch, Champaign Illinois, April-August
J “The COLOR Show” Rogards, Boneyard Arts Festival, Champaign IL, April
I “Miscellany” Rogards, Boneyard Arts Festival, Chapaign IL, April
J “Paper Trails” Forty Point One, Chapaign IL, February - April
I “Place” Studio &, Durango Colorado, February - March
+ "Crystal Hartman - New Work" Studio Colfax, Denver CO, Autumn 2019
+ “Creatures and Creations: Local and International Group Show” Black Crow Gallery, Denver, CO September-October
G “All Souls” Exhibition and Celebration of those Past, Studio &, Durango CO, November
+ "Crystal Hartman - New Work" Studio Colfax, Denver Colorado, 2019
+ “Pollinators” Featured Artist at Bohemia, Urbana Illinois, Boneyard Arts Festival, April
J Art Fair: Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO July 27-29
I  “Pollinators” Featured Artist at Bohemia, Urbana Illinois, Boneyard Arts Festival, April
I “Action/Reaction” Installation and Exhibition, Studio &, Durango CO, February
E "IAmMusic Festival” iAmMusic Festival, Indie Music and Arts Festival, Community Interactive Art Project, Durango CO - September
+ “The Bees” at Illumen Arts, Durango, CO September-December
I “Reverie, Artists of Willowtail” at the Durango Arts Center, Durango CO, September-October
+ "The Monkeys" in The Recess Gallery, Studio &, Durango Co, November
G “De Los Muertos" at Studio &, Durango CO, October 2012-2016
(2016 "The Passage Between”…)
I “The Bracelet” at Kathleen Sommers, San Antonio, TX, November (2013-2016)
I “10x10” Auction and Fundraiser, Studio &, Durango CO, April
I “Under Pressure - The Art of the Hand Pulled Print” DAC, Durango CO April-May
I “Beyond the Stone -Contemporary Jewelry Design from Colorado Metalsmiths” Denver International Airport, Denver CO, June-September
J “De Los Metros” Outnumbered Gallery, Littleton Colorado, October
I “Boogeyman” Haas Brothers Gallery, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, October
+ “Canary” at Studio Colfax, Denver CO, September-October
+ “Double Trouble” Dan Groth and Crystal Hartman, Durango Arts Center, Durango, October-December
+ “Snakes and Snowflakes” Raider's Ridge, Durango CO, November-December
I “Bound” Studio &, Durango CO, February
+ “Recurring Butterfly” Studio Colfax, Denver CO, April-May
+ “Featured Artist”, Online Exhibition, Durango Arts Center, April-May
I “Human" . Pura Vida, Durango CO, July-August
I "Artists Working" A Fundraiser for Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center, Willowtail Springs, Mancos CO, July
G "Creepy Beautiful" Sweet 11 Gallery, Durango CO, October
+ “Her Amazing, Magnetic, Pulling Closer Machine” with The Panoply Project, Melangue, Telluride CO, February
J “Telluride Aids Benefit” Juried Runway Show, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride CO, February-March
J “Extinct” Juried Exhibition. Studio &, Durango CO, February-March
J “Earthly Delights -Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature” Juried Exhibition. Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago IL, April-June
J “TOP Jewels, International Jewelry Exhibition” Juried Exhibition. Durango Arts Center, May 16-June 28
I “Year – A brief underview of the history of time.” Studio &, Durango CO, February
J “Telluride Aids Benefit” Juried Runway Show, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride CO, March
J “Aspen Aids Benefit” Juried Runway Show, Belly Up, Aspen CO, April
G “Previously Entitled”  Studio &, Durango CO, February
I “DYNAMO”  Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder CO - September
G “Recycled Art”  Feat of Clay Gallery, Aztec NM, April-May
+ “You are my Muse”  Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Pagosa Springs CO - Summer
+ “Past Lives”  A Panoply Project Event, The Lost Dog, Durango CO - September
+ “Working with the Hummingbirds” The Rochester Hotel, Durango CO - Spring/Summer
+ “I am a Scientist” - The Panoply, Exhibition and Performance- The Rochester Hotel - October
G “Monsters Under My Bed or In My Head,” Studio &, Durango CO - October
I “Text” Raider’s Ridge, Durango CO - October-December
I “Single Speed World Championships” Ska Brewing World Headquarters, Durango CO - September
J “National Watercolor Society 88th Annual Exhibition” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside CA
J “Deliciously Weird” A Guerilla Art Event with McCarson Jones, Durango CO
J “After Urban -Video Art and Architecture Event” Florean Museum, Baia Mare, Romania
J “United BAC!06” (Festival of Contemporary Art) CCCB (Center for Contemporary Culture) Barcelona, Spain
J “Forms, Figures and Symbols” Shy Rabbit Gallery, Pagosa Springs CO
J “Local Expressions” Durango Art Center, Durango CO
II “Crossing Borders” Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City
BFA SHOW - “Or Best Offer” University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder CO
G“4th Lessedra World Art Print Annual 2005” National Palace of Culture, Sofia Bulgaria: June, Lessedra Gallery, Lozenetz, Sofia Bulgaria
Bood Cover, “Asamblea” Michael Hardy and Antoni Negri, Ediciones Akal, S.A., Madrid, España, 2019
Book Cover, "Assembly" Michael Hardt and Antoni Negri, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, August 2017
Book Cover, “Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Federico Garcia Lorca” Open Country Press, Missoula MT, March 2016 Second Edition, November 2016
Book Cover, “Like A Teardrop and A Bullet” Dancing Girl Press, Chicago IL, April 2016
Publication -Visual Response, “All Accounts and Mixture: Visual Response to Federico Garcia Lorca by Crystal Hartman” CutBank Literary Journal, Missoula MT, July 2014
Book Cover, “40 Years of CutBank” CutBank Literary Journal, Missoula MT, October 2013
Publication “Gritty Silk” Collaborative Visual-Poetry Contribution with Rachel Mindell, Pity Milk Press,, August 2013
Publication -Visual Review, “Darling Beastelettes” Gina Abelkop, (Apostrophe Books) CutBank Literary Journal, Missoula MT June 2013
Publication -Visual Review, “Apparition Wren” Maureen Alsop, (Main Street Rag Publishing Company) CutBank Literary Journal, Missoula MT January 2013
Collection “The Poorest Florist” The Fiction Project at the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY, 2011
“Reaction/Action” A Collaborative Art Installation at Studio &, Durango CO, February 2017
“Community” YogaDurango, Durango CO October 2016-Present
“Down the Rabbit Hole” Collaborative Sculptural Installation at the Durango Arts Center, Durango CO, February-March 2015
“Iron Horse Classic” Photo and Video Installation for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the of the Iron Horse Classic Bicycle Race, The Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, Durango CO, September 2012
“Soldiers and Strings” Collaboration with Jeff Madeen at The Art Library, Durango CO 2011
“A moment and silence” Eco Installation for Move and Be Moved, Taos NM 2009
“A Bird to an Artists Heart” Mural at Nimmanhaemin, Chiangmai, Thailand, February 2007
“Such ingratitude after all the times I saved your life” Video Installation at the CCCB, Barcelona, Spain December-January 2006-’07
“Connotations” Paper Installation at Shy Rabbit Contemporary Art, Pagosa Springs CO, October 2006
“The Fly” Drawing Installation at 25 Blai, Barcelona Spain, March 2006
Denver Colorado, Studio Colfax, 2418 E Colfax Ave
Durango Colorado, Studio &, 1027 Main Ave.
Telluride Colorado, Gold Mountain Gallery, 135 West Colorado Ave.
Chicago Illinois, Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee Ave.
Denver CO, Gusterman Silversmiths, 1418 Larimer St.
Denver CO, Black Crow Gallery, 144 W 12th Avenue
Durango CO, Lively -809 Main Ave.
Colorado Springs CO, Revolution Jewelry Works, 5928 Stetson Hills Blvd #110
Silverton CO, K& C Traders -1152 Greene St.
Seattle WA, hitchcock Madrona -1406 34th Ave.
Urbana IL, Bohemia 135 West Main St.
Whitefish MT, Going to the Sun Gallery-137 Central Ave

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