Matteson’s multi-media art speaks of her love for wild spaces and deep connection to the Pacific Northwest. An accomplished sculptor, she allows her finely-honed intuition to guide spontaneous sculpting of natural world observations. Matteson’s work also utilizes technical mold-making skills to create exact replicas of found botanical forms. She combines these skills to create magical-realist sculptures.
After receiving a BFA in Textiles from the California College of Art in San Francisco, she began her varied art career in Costume Design. Since then, her pursuit of fine art education has been relentless. Having won several merit scholarships, Matteson studied glass and metal working at the Pratt Fine Art Center, and figure sculpting in the Sculpture Atelier at Gage Academy. In 2018 and 2019, she studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington.
Matteson exhibits her work in galleries and museums across the US. Matteson’s unique sculptures have been recognized by a Collector’s Choice Award at Habatat Gallery’s International Glass Exhibit and Juror’s Choice Awards at Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, the Schack Art Center, and at Pratt Fine Art Center’s annual auction.
Glass Art Magazine published a feature article about Matteson in March 2021. Flow Magazine included her in their 16th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass, winter 2020 issue.
Matteson has had the honor of working as an assistant instructor at the Corning Museum of Glass, in New York and Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle.
Crista Matteson is represented by Bender Gallery in Asheville, NC, The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, and Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, MI.