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Crystal Schenk
Crystal Schenk
Adjunct Instructor
Art Practices, Sculpture
Neuberger Hall 291
cschenk@pdx.edu

Crystal Schenk received an MFA from Portland State University in 2007, and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Schenk has a very labor-intensive and detail-oriented way of working, in which craftsmanship and material choices play a large role. Her sculptures address issues of physical and mental health/illness, memory, class structure, and social interaction. Much of her subject matter is drawn from familial history.

Schenk's artwork has been published in Sculpture and Craft magazines. She was awarded the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2006, and was subsequently selected as the recipient of ISC's artist in residency program at Art-st-urban in Switzerland. Since then she has repeatedly returned to make new sculptural works, which are featured in a permanent solo exhibition at Art-st-urban. In 2009 Art-st-urban awarded Schenk with the institution's first Emerging Sculptor Award. Schenk's work was represented at the Oregon biennial, Portland 2010 and was recently exhibited at Selection Artfair, Art Basel 2013. She is currently working on a public commission for Division Street in Portland, Oregon with her sometimes collaborator Shelby Davis.