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Crystal Latimer is an artist and educator based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Crystal’s academic studies have been based out of Western Pennsylvania, obtaining her BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2010, followed by an MA and MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2016, respectively.
Crystal’s work has been extensively exhibited in the regional area, including shows at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and The Chautauqua Institute of Art NY to name a few. Recently, she participated in Start with Art, a program where newborns in local hospitals received a giclée of her work upon birth. Her international experience includes a group show in Hong Kong, China, as well as an Artist Residency at the Joaquín Chaverri Fábrica de Carretas in Sarchí, Costa Rica. Crystal’s publications include features in Local Arts PGH, Art Maze Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, and Fresh Paint Magazine. Crystal was selected for an Emerging Artist Award at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2016, where she was also presented with a Juror’s Choice Award. Her work is included in private collections in addition to the public collections of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, PNC Corporate, and the Benter Foundation.
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I stood at a Wal-Mart in Escazú, Costa Rica, and felt like I was experiencing that moment in late autumn when you realize that all the fiery reds and oranges had faded and fallen to the ground. My life had been a staccato of visits to my mother’s native Costa Rica, and I felt, in that moment, that I was experiencing the dilution of a vibrant culture.
My paintings explore the hybridity of Western and Latin American identity. For me, understanding hybrid identity, and its coexistence within historical context, does not assume a position in words, but in shape. Embedded in the compositions is Latin American culture: its intricate folk arts, tropical flora, and warm hues; while graffiti tags, bold mark-making, and images of conquest interrupt this metaphorical skin. Patterns, both traditional and commercial, are fragmented and pieced together. Colors infused with Latin flavor are diluted by a ubiquitous white. Organic, blooming forms are contrasted by flat or rigid fields. My paintings use the tools of paint and brush to consider the colonization of Latin American, and its continual role as “colony” to Western society. Without taking a political stance, I aim to draw attention to the visual tapestries and unknown histories of this underrepresented area.
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F O R T H C O M I N G
2018 | Ties that Bind. Group Show. Chautauqua Institution. Fowler-Kellogg Gallery. Chautauqua NY
TBA. Group Show. Gallery One | Collective Works. Pittsburgh PA
S O L O . E X H I B I T I O N S
2017 | t o d a v í a. Penn State New Kensington. New Kensington PA
R|EVOLVE. Gallery 4. Pittsburgh PA
2016 | In|Dependiente. Annex Gallery. IUP. Indiana PA
2014 | Crystal Miller: Recent Works. Tula. Pittsburgh PA
2013 | Integrated Identidades. Kipp Gallery. IUP. Indiana PA
2012 | Crystal Miller. Deer Creek Winery. Grove City PA
2010 | Unspoken. Martha Gault Gallery. SRU. Slippery Rock PA
G R O U P . E X H I B I T I O N S .
2018 | Ties that Bind. Chautauqua Institution. Fowler-Kellogg Gallery. Chautauqua NY
Under the Blankets. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Pittsburgh PA
By Means of Play. Gallery One | Collective Works. Pitsburgh PA
Art Alumni Show. Martha Gault Gallery. Slippery Rock PA
2017 | Inalienable Truths: An Immigrant's Experience. Corcoran School of Art and Design.
George Washington University. Washington DC
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Juried Exhibition. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Pittsburgh PA
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Artist Market. Gateway Plaza. Pittsburgh PA
Control is an Illusion. Mine Factory. Pittsburgh PA
Contemplating Others. Framehouse & Jask Gallery. Pittsburgh PA
2016 | Pittsburgh International Airport. Ticketing Case, 3rd Fl. Moon PA
Collective Independence. Spinning Plate Gallery. Pittsburgh PA
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Emerging Artist. Gateway Plaza Artist Market. Pittsburgh PA
*Juror's Choice Award
Middle States Accreditation. Stapleton Library, IUP. Indiana PA
2015 | The Salon. STARTup Incubator. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Edinboro PA
Spring Juried Exhibition. Bottleworks Gallery. Johnstown PA
2014 | Pastimes - Times Past. Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery. Pittsburgh PA
Past, Present, Future. Hyatt Regency. Hong Kong CHINA
Spring Exhibition. Annex Gallery, IUP. Indiana PA
Subterranean Reality. UnSmoke Systems. Braddock PA
2013 | Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, New Members Show. 937 Gallery. Pittsburgh PA
Dixon Show. Dixon University Center. Harrisburg PA
Interchange. STARTup Incubator Gallery, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Edinboro PA
Person, Place, Thing. Kauffman Gallery, Shippensburg University. Shippensburg PA
Graduate Scholars Forum. Annex Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
*Juror's Choice Award
2012-11 | Student Painting Show. Scaife, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Pittsburgh PA
Art all Night. Iron City Brewing Company. Pittsburgh PA
The Green Show. Rittelmann Gallery. Butler PA
2010 | 37th Annual Hoyt Regional Exhibition. Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts. New Castle PA
NCECA Salon de Refuses. Philadelphia Convention Center. Philadelphia PA
Rock, Paintbrush, Scissors. Meadville Council on the Arts. Meadville PA
Spring Show. Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock PA
2009 | Rock Solid. Merrik Gallery. New Brighton PA
Nests. Seeds. Rhizomes. 707/709 Gallery. Pittsburgh PA
P R O F E S S I O N A L . E X P E R I E N C E
Adjuct Professor of Art | Introduction to Drawing. Penn State, New Kensington. Fall '17
| Introduction to Visual Arts. Penn State, New Kensinton. '16-'17. Spr. '18
| Introduction to the Arts. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney. Sum '16
Instructor of Record | Various Adult Painting Classes. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. '16 - '18
| Contemporary Painting Practices. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. '16 - '18
| Experimental Drawing and Painting. Carnegie Museum of Art. Sum '17
L E C T U R E S . W O R K S H O P S . R E S I D E N C I E S .
2018 | Guest Lecturer. Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock PA
2017 | Abstract Painting Workshop. Radiant Hall, Nova Place. Pittsburgh PA
| Presenter. Six x Ate "Quid Pro Quo". Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Indiana PA
| Guest Lecturer. Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock PA
| Collage Painting Workshop. Radiant Hall, Nova Place. Pittsburgh PA
2016 | Guest Lecturer. Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock PA
2015 | Guest Lecturer. Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock PA
| En Plein Air Painting Workshop. Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Indiana PA
| Graduate Art Association, President. Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Indiana, PA
2014 | Fàbrica de Carretas, Artist in Residence. Joaquìn Chaverri. Sarchì COSTA RICA
B O A R D S . P A N E L S . C O M M I T T E E S .
2017 | Review Panel. 2017 Artist Fellowship. Erie Arts & Culture. Erie PA
| Review Panel. New Member Screening. Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh PA
| Art Committee. Penn State, New Kensington. New Kensington PA
| Mentor. Brew House Association. Distillery Program. Pittsburgh PA
P U B L I C A T I O N S . P R E S S
2018 | Vibrant, Beautiful Chaos. Local Arts PGH. April 2018. Digital/Print.
2017 | Painter, artist, teacher: Crystal Latimer wears many hats. Trib Live. Valley News Dispatch.
October 2017. Digital/Print.
| These 7 Creatives are using the beauty of Central America to inspire their work.
Remezcla. October 2017. Digital.
| The Hybridity of Western and Latin American Identity in the Work of Crystal Latimer.
Art Maze Magazine. April 2017. Digital.
| Crystal Latimer. Art Maze Magazine. April/May 2017. Print/Digital.
| Ellwood City Artist’s Latin American Work Gaining Attention. Ellwood City Ledger. Beaver County
Times. Winter 2017. Print/Digital.
| Art in the Airport. Pittsburgh International Airport Brochure. Print/Digital.
| R|EVOLVE. Pittsburgh City Paper. Print/Digital.
2016 | Crystal Latimer: In|Dependiente. Ruminate Magazine. Fall 2016. Print.
| Featured Artist: Crystal Latimer. Dear Pittsburgh. June 2016. Print/Digital.
| 2016 Master of Fine Arts Exhibitions. University Museum Newsletter. Spring 2016. Print.
2015 | Crystal Miller. Fresh Paint Magazine. Winter 2015. Curated: The Jealous Curator. Print/Digital.
2014 | State of the Arts. IUP Magazine. Winter 2014, Print.
| Crystal Miller. New Growth Arts Review. Spring 2014, Print.
| Artwork for the Social Equities Office. Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 2014, Digital.
2013 | Crystal Miller. New Growth Arts Review. Spring 2013, Print.
E D U C A T I O N
2016 | Master of Fine Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 4.0 GPA
Painting Major, Drawing Minor
2013 | Master of Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 4.0 GPA
2010 | Bachelor of Fine Arts, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, 4.0 GPA