FHSU alum new arts services coordinator at Salina arts organization

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FHSU alum new arts services coordinator at Salina arts organization
Crystal Hammerschmidt / Photo courtesy of Salina Arts & Humanities

Salina Arts and Humanities

Crystal Hammerschmidt has been named the new arts services coordinator for Salina Arts & Humanities.

Hammerschmidt, who grew up in Smolan, most recently lived and worked in Hays, where she recently completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and sculpture at Fort Hays State University. She also lived in Lawrence for 12 years and was involved in projects with the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Public Schools, the Douglas County Food Policy Council, and ran a local screen printing business.

“I strongly believe that access to the arts for everyone within our community is essential for the development of artists and community members of all ages. I am lucky to be a product of a rich art community between Lindsborg and Salina. I look forward to a chance to help enhance rich cultural experiences throughout Salina,” said Hammerschmidt.

Her artistic practice currently deals with objects in nature and how they relate to each other. As a mixed media artist printmaker, she combines relief cuts, lithography, etching, silk screen, cast metals and fabric.

“I have always enjoyed studying science, and I find the natural world a curious and magical place, ripe for exploration,” she said.

This past June, Hammerschmidt participated in an international project in Rudolstadt, Thuringia, Germany, with a team of artists, former Fort Hays State faculty and students. There they built a cupola furnace to melt iron. The furnace will be the centerpiece of an international cast iron festival in 2024 in Saalfeld, Thuringia.

“This opportunity took place at the crossroads of industry, art and community and gave me a unique perspective on how to approach large-scale projects. I am excited to apply this process to the public art projects here in Salina,” said Hammerschmidt.

“Crystal will be a great addition to the Arts & Humanities team,” said Brad Anderson, Salina Arts & Humanities executive director. “Her strong arts practice and familiarity with central Kansas will allow her to gain a boost in community outreach.”

For Salina Arts & Humanities, Hammerschmidt will oversee the Smoky Hill River Festival’s juried art show, demo artists, outdoor art installations and the Art Patron Program. She will also serve as the primary liaison to the Community Art and Design Program and its advisory committee and will serve as a local public art and visual arts resource.

To reach Hammerschmidt, contact Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 or at [email protected]. Explore her artistic practice at www.diamondzendirt.com/.

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