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What do UT, the Flaming Lips, Nike, Viacom, and the National Museum of Singapore have in common? The unique work of Crystal Wagner (MFA ‘08).

August 29, 2016 | Updated: April 24, 2019

“I chose UT for my MFA because it has remarkable facilities and it’s ranked nationally for printmaking. I’m super intense and needed access to a powerfully engaged faculty,” Wagner says.

She began her career as a college art professor and became a full-time artist in 2013.

Wagner continues instructing students as a visiting artist, and UT selected her for the alumni exhibition CNTRL + P: Printmaking in the 21st Century in March 2015.

She worked with 20 volunteers, including students, on her installation Fall. It covered all four stories in the Art and Architecture Building, a plunge of sixty feet.

“Teaching is a natural extension of who I am,” she says. “I get to spend time teaching people how to make things, encouraging them to learn about themselves, and talk about art.”

Her philosophy for success is simple. “You have to be visible as an artist,” Wagner says. “Let people know what you are making, but more than anything, you have to make it as much as possible.”

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