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Crystal Hartman

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Birth year

Lives in
Durango Colorado USA

Works in
The Studio


University of Colorado at Boulder, 2005, BFA

Representing galleries
hitchcock MADRONA -Seattle, WA, Gold Mountain Gallery -Telluride, CO, Cogswell Gallery -Vail, CO, Studio & -Durango, CO, Going to the Sun Gallery -Whitefish, MT, Gusterman's Silversmiths -Denver, CO

realism, pop, video-art, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, drawing, painting, conceptual, contemporary, Jewelry, adornment, surrealism, modern, exhibition/performance, Illustration


Crystal Hartman

. Artist Statement .

I create mischievous delights... whimsical, carnal, sculptural pieces that grow from a meditation on beauty, compassion and jubilant life. In the fingerprints of Gaudi, Bali, Dali, I aim to awaken the foxy sincerity that revolts from symmetry and flourishes in genuine experience. 

The impetus for my work is a love of conversation and process. What I find interesting are the connotations we attach to language, to life, and the compassion required to appreciate divergent perspectives. 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. 

. Bio .

Crystal Hartman is a multi-media artist, a writer and a jeweler. She is currently in residence at Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center studying Pollination and Pollinators.  Her work has been shown at locations such as The Lill Street Art Gallery, Chicago Illinois, The National Palace of Culture, Sofia Bulgaria and the Center for Contemporary Culture Barcelona Spain. She received her BFA for Printmaking from The University of Colorado at Boulder and studied Image in Enamel at Ox-Bow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After studying Femininity in Argentine Society, she filmed for Null Skateboards in Spain, and studied public art and cultural craft in Chaing Mai, Thailand. Inspired by storytelling, culture, and the natural world, her work -large and small- opens conversations within and between disparate perspectives. In her paintings, relatable imagery and emotions created by line and color are used to tell and rewrite the stories of contemporary events. In 2010, Hartman received the National Watercolor Society’s recognition for Contemporary Watercolor and the Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award for Storytelling in the Arts. Hartman uses her paintings as sketchbooks for sculptural jewelry showcased at select galleries and fine jewelry stores throughout the west. Her writing can be found at The Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York, her visual poetry, in Cutbank Literary Journal, Interrupture Literary Journal and through Plumbery Press. 

Online at: 

Twitter: crystaldhartman 

Instagram: CrystalDHartman 




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

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residencies, Art Institute of Chicago, Summer 2012




"Bound" Studio &, Durango Colorado, February

"Pollination" Solo Exhibition at Studio Colfax, Denver Colorado, April 


"The Bracelet" Kathleen Sommers, San Antonio, TX November-December

"Evening of the Dead" Studio &, Durango, CO, October

“Down the Rabbit Hole” Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, February

“TOP Jewels, International Jewelry Exhibition” Durango Arts Center, May-June

“Earthly Delights -Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature” Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, April-June

“Extinct” Studio &, Durango CO, February-March

“Telluride Aids Benefit” Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO, February

“Her Amazing, Magnetic, Pulling Closer Machine” Malangue, Telluride CO, February


“The Bracelet” Kathleen Sommers, San Antonio, TX, November

“Aspen Aids Benefit” Belly Up, Aspen, CO, April

“Telluride Aids Benefit” Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO, March 

“Year – A brief underview of the history of time” Studio &, Durango CO, February


“The Bracelet” Kathleen Sommers, San Antonio, TX, November

“DYNAMO”  Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO - September 

“Past Lives”  A Panoply Project Event, The Lost Dog, Durango, CO - September

“Cyclic”  The Blue House, Durango CO - August

“You are my Muse”  Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Pagosa Springs CO - Summer 

“Recycled Art”  Feat of Clay Gallery, Aztec, NM, April-May

“Previously Entitled”  Studio &, Durango CO, February 


“Working with the Hummingbirds” - Solo Exhibition- The Rochester Hotel, Durango CO

“I am a Scientist” - The Panoply Project at The Rochester Hotel, Durango CO

“Soul of All Souls” Studio &, Durango CO

“Iron Horse Classic” -Curatorial Experience, Photo and Video Installation- The Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, for the 40th Anniversary of The Iron Horse Classic, Durango CO

“The Poorest Florist” The Fiction Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY 

“Monsters Under My Bed or In My Head,” Studio &, Durango CO


“A moment and silence” Move and Be Moved, Taos NM 

“Text” Raider’s Ridge, Durango CO

“Open Doors” -Curatorial Experience- Durango Arts Center, Durango CO


“Single Speed World Championships” Ska Brewing World Headquarters, Durango CO

“Open Doors” -Curatorial Experience- Durango Arts Center, Durango CO


“National Watercolor Society 88th Annual Exhibition” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside CA

“Deliciously Weird” Main Ave., Durango CO

“After Urban -Video Art and Architecture Event” Florean Museum, Baia Mare, Romania


“United BAC!06” (Festival of Contemporary Art) CCCB (Center for Contemporary Culture) Barcelona, Spain

“Forms, Figures and Symbols” Shy Rabbit Gallery, Pagosa Springs CO


“Local Expressions” Durango Art Center, Durango CO

“Or Best Offer” -BFA Show- University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder CO

“4th Lessedra World Art Print Annual 2005” National Palace of Culture, Sofia Bulgaria: June, Lessedra Gallery, Lozenetz, Sofia Bulgaria

“Crossing Borders” Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City


VIDEOGRAPHY of pieces that have been exhibited:

“Wiggle” -Video Aphorism, 2014

“Divinity” -Video Aphorism, 2012

“Winter Little Birds” -Stop Animation with Roger Seliner, 2009

“Lucky” -Video Aphorism, 2008

“Cut Me Loose” -Null Skateboards 2006

"Such ingratitude after all the times I saved your life." -Video Installation 2005-2006



Art Jewelry Magazine, Featured Artist, 10 Year Anniversary Issue, Oct. 2014

CutBank Literary Journal, 40 Years of CutBank, Cover Art, October 2013

Gritty Silk, from Pity Milk Press, Collaboration with Rachel Mindell, August 2013

CutBank Literary Journal, Book and Poetry Reviews, January 2013

Interrupture, Feature Artist and Cover, October 2012

Culture Seen, “Studio Visit: Crystal Hartman” 2011

The Durango Herald, “ Never a Dull Moment”-Profile- 2011

Arts Perspective Magazine -Cover- 2010

The Durango Herald, “Studios Secrets” -Profile- 2009

The Daily Camera, “Or Best Offer” -Review- 2005

Illiterate Magazine –Illustration- 2005



DAC Microgrant for Jewelry Design, Fall 2014

Editors Choice, Harvest, Art Jewelry Magazine, December 2013

Jumpstart Award, Colorado Creative Industries, 2013

Scholarship, Ox-Bow - Image in Enamel, Summer, 2012

Small Steps Award, Colorado Council on the Arts, 2010

Best In Show, Hair of the Dog Exhibition, 2010

Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award, 2008

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



Board of Directors/Exhibitions, Durango Arts Center,  Durango CO, 2010 to 2013

The Panoply Project - A collaboration. 2010-Present

The Poorest Florist - The Fiction Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY 2011

Founder/Director, Durango Open Studios 2009-2010

Signature Artist, National Watercolor Society (USA) 2008

Internship, Denver Art Museum, Contemporary Art: Education Department 2005

Recent Exhibits

Crystal Hartman participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 Down the Rabbit Hole
Eggman and Walrus
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