Crista Matteson

Crista Matteson’s love of story-telling teamed with her keen observations of the natural world fuel her artistic vision. Her narrative sculptures are constructed with kiln cast glass, cast bronze, and ceramic mediums. Ever ephemeral flora and fauna are often gathered from Matteson’s own world, and cast into unconventional places, adorning, engaging, or emerging from her featured characters.

Matteson’s professional roots continue to inform her work; beginning her career as a costume designer, she received her BFA in textiles from the California College of Art in San Francisco. Since then her disciplined pursuit of learning has never ceased. Having won a myriad of awards and scholarships in recent years, Matteson has had to the opportunity to study both glass and metalworking at the Pratt Fine Art Center, as well as participate in the Sculpture Atelier Program at Gage Academy of Art. Matteson’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States.



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Crista Matteson

Crista Matteson Resumé

Education

1982 – 1986 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA

2015 - 2016 Gage Academy of Art, Atelier Sculpture with Michael Magrath, Seattle, WA

1998 – 2014 Bronze and Glass Casting, Welding, Forging, Painting, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2006 EDGE Professional Development Program, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

Exhibits

2018

“Mesa Contemporary Art Museum’s Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibit”, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ

“By Hand, International Fine Craft Competition”, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

2017

“What Goes Bump In The Night”, Vegas Clay Center, Las Vegas, NV

“For the Love of Glass” invitational group show of artists working in glass, Marietta Cobb Museum, Marietta, GA

“Slash and Burn” invitational group show about techniques using cutting and fire, Sammamish City Hall, Sammamish, WA

“Northwest Designer Craftsmen”, Koch Gallery, Vashon Island, WA

“City Arts Magazine’s Art walk Awards”, Soul Repair, Seattle, WA

2016

Solo exhibit “Can you Smell The Rain?”, Shift Gallery, Seattle, WA

“The Contemporary Figure” an invitational, Sculpture Northwest, Bellingham, WA

“Then and Now”, Shift Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Best of Gage”, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2015

Solo exhibit “Finding Humor in the Dark”, Shift Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Northwest Designer Craftsmen at North Wind Gallery”, North Wind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

2014

 “Reaching Beyond: 60 Years of NWDC” group show, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

Solo exhibit “It Just Grew That Way”, Shift Gallery, Seattle, WA

“19th Juried Art Show”, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA

“2014 KAC Artists Exhibition”, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA

2013

“Art of the Garden”, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA

2012

“New Works: Glass and Ceramic Sculpture”, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA

“Earth and Fire: Materials and Methods”, Pratt Gallery at the Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA

2011

Glass Art Society Student Show, Pratt Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Wax Poetic” invitational show of artists working with encaustics, Nichols Berg Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2009 – 2014

Pratt Annual Juried Art Auction, Seattle, WA

2010

Poncho Scholarship Recipients, Group Show, Pratt Gallery at the Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA

2011

Solo Exhibit “ Encaustic Sculpture and Painting”, Northwest Encaustics, Seattle, WA

2010

Solo Exhibit “Hidden, Then Seen”, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

2009

“Annual Juried Art Exhibit” & “Environmental Art” Exhibition, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College  Tacoma, WA

“Free Range”, Blue Heron Gallery  Vashon Island, WA

2009 -2011

Kent Summer Art Exhibit, Centennial Center Gallery at City Hall  Kent, WA

2007

Solo Exhibit “Art and Dirt”, University Unitarian Church, Chapel Gallery  Seattle, WA

2006

Solo Exhibit “ My Utopia”, Phinney Center Gallery  Seattle, WA

Awards

2018         Juror’s Award, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum Annual Crafts Exhibit, Juried by Bruce  Hoffman, Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ.

2017        City Arts Magazine, Art walk 3rd place award

2016        Best of Gage, 3rd place Sculpture Award, Juried by Fay Jones at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2015        Gage Academy of Art, Atelier Merit Scholarship Award, Seattle, WA

2014        Juror’s Grand Prize, Juried Art Competition, Schack Art Center,  Everett, WA

2011        Jon and Mary Shirley Merit Glass Scholarship Award, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA

2011        Juror’s Choice Award, Pratt Fine Art Center Annual Auction Seattle, WA              

2009       Poncho Pratt Artist in Residence Merit Scholarship Award,    Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2009       Juror’s Choice Award, Environmental Art Exhibit & Annual Fine Art Exhibit, TCC Gallery, Tacoma

2008       Mayor’s Purchase Award, Centennial Center Gallery at City Hall, Kent, WA

Related Professional Experience

2018 Corning Museum of Glass, assistant to Carol Milne for 2 week work shop teaching Kiln Cast Glass, Corning, New York

2016 Pratt Fine Art Center, assistant to Carol Milne for workshop, “The Secrets of Knitted Glass”, Kiln Cast glass

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