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Crystal Latimer was born in Hollywood, CA but grew up in Ellwood City, PA. In 2010, Crystal completed her BFA Slippery Rock University. She then went to receive an MA and MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2016, respectively. After graduating, Crystal taught several courses at Penn State New Kensington and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney and has lectured at Slippery Rock University and Carlow University.
Crystal's work has been shown extensively in both solo and group exhibitions, including at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Institution, The Mine Factory, George Washington University, and Union Hall among others. She has shown her work in Hong Kong, China, South Bank, London, as well as participated in a residency at the Joaquin Chaverri Fabrica de Carretas in Sarchi, Costa Rica. Crystal's work has been featured in Create!, Pikchur, Local Arts PGH, Art Maze, Ruminate, and Fresh Paint Magazines. Her work is included in both public and private collections including those of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, PNC Corporate, the Benter Foundation, and Wyndham Tryp Hotel.
Crystal is currently a full-time painter represented by BoxHeart Gallery and Studio Director at Radiant Hall Susquehanna. She serves on the Board of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and her work is currently on view at Union Hall and BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.
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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 have faded and fallen to the ground. My life had been a staccato of visits to my mother’s native Costa Rica and, in that second, I realized that I was witnessing the dilution of a vibrant culture.
In order to understand modern-day westernization, I turned to the past and researched Christopher Columbus’s first point of contact in 1492. My only visual records of this time period were the grand historical paintings typically executed by European artists, whose bias and tendency for Western propaganda were evident in their collective artistic style. These narratives of conquest have been adopted and adapted to provide the visual structure of my paintings. Formally, the composition, line, shape, positive and negative space of my work.
Latin American ethnology, as seen through eyes of the local and the tourist, is embedded within this framework. Palette, traditional Talavera tile design, and tropical flora infuse Latino flavor into the paintings. In some pieces, Costa Rican carreta designs decorate the surface; a regionally significant tradition that I learned from the last costarricense artisans still practicing this dying folk art. Conversely, graffiti tags, gilding, and commercial wallpaper represent a Western captivation with Latin America. In my work, graffiti tags stand as metaphor for colonialism due to their parallel nature of creating new boundaries, raising status and position, and claiming territory as one’s own. Gold and silver gilding mediums pay homage to Spain’s initial occupation in the New World. Moreover, tropical, commercial wallpaper is representative of stereotypical Latino “exoticism” that is emphasized, and capitalized, by Western culture. Together, the fragmented, visual tapestries in my work are woven together to recreate historical narratives that better represent the hybrid Latino identity caused by colonization and upheld by westernization.
Utilizing the connotations of mixed-media, my work considers Latin America’s enduring role as “colony” to the West and the subsequent hybrid identity that has been adopted by the region. By reinterpreting important historical paintings, I am able to expand upon the propagandist concepts of the original works to include modern-day understanding of culture and history.
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R E P R E S E N T A T I O N
BoxHeart Gallery | Pittsburgh PA
F O R T H C O M I N G
2019 | Group Show. Homeograph. Union Hall. Pittsburgh PA
2020 | Solo Exhibition. BoxHeart Gallery. 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 .
G R O U P . E X H I B I T I O N S .
2019 | PIT Art on the Bank. Thames River Pop-Up Exhibition. South Bank, London
Homeograph. Union Hall. Pittsburgh PA
Loose Affiliations. Apartment Earth Gallery. Charleston WV
Radial. Westmoreland County Community College. Youngwood PA
2018 | Off the Walls. Framehouse and Jask. Pittsburgh PA
2. Group Show. Jesse Best Gallery. Homestead PA
Self-Titled. Gallery One | Collective Works. Pittsburgh PA
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. Pittsburgh 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. Merrick 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
Studio Director | Radiant Hall, Susquehanna. 2018 - current
Adjunct 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 .
2019 | Guest Speaker. Carlow University. Pittsburgh PA
Artist Lecture. Lincoln High School. Ellwood City PA
Artist-led Workshop (VACOP). Radiant Hall Susquehanna. Pittsburgh PA
2018 | Guest Speaker. Carlow University. Pittsburgh PA
Artist 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
| Artist Lecturer. Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock PA
| Collage Painting Workshop. Radiant Hall, Nova Place. Pittsburgh PA
2016 | Artist Lecturer. Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock PA
2015 | Artist 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 .
2018 | Board Member. Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh PA
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
2019 | Crystal Latimer. 2 page spread. Create! Magazine. Summer 2019. Digital/Print.
Crystal Latimer. 2 page spread. Pikchur Magazine. Issue 5. Digital/Print.
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.
P U B L I C . C O L L E C T I O N S
| Wyndham Tryp Hotel. Pittsburgh PA
| The Benter Foundation. Pittsburgh PA
| PNC Corporate Offices. Pittsburgh PA
| Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Indiana PA