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Thoughtful questions and comments about my artwork, teaching, and commissions are welcome. Thank you for your interest. 


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Portland, Me

Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. 



“A Stitch in Time,” Katie Wood Kirchhoff, Shelburne Museum magazine, Spring & Summer, 2018.

Susanne K. Arnold, “Plastic Paintings,” New Art Examiner, May 1984.

Artist’s Resource Trust, The First Ten Years: Grantmaking to New England Artists and Institutions 1996–2006, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, 2006.

Heidi Aycock, “Artist Creates ‘Bigger Than Life’ Paintings,” Raleigh News and Observer, October 3, 1986.

Edgar Allen Beem, “Atrium Afflatus,” Maine Times, October 5, 2000.

Crystal Cawley, Legacy (only), limited edition artist’s book, 2006.

Crystal Cawley, Sisters’ Lament, limited edition artist’s book, 2001.

Crystal Cawley, The Yellow Wallpaper, limited edition artist’s book, text by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 2004.

Julie Chen, 500 Handmade Books: Volume 2, Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing Company, New York, NY, 2013.

Sidney Dritz, “Arts & Culture Recommends: Fashionable Books and Paper Fashion,” Free Press, University of Southern Maine, February 4, 2013.

Kristina Feliciano, Making Memory Books by Hand, artist gallery pages, Rockport Publishers, 1999.

Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book, Susanne Padberg, catalog of traveling exhibition, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; Minnesota Center for Book Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book.

Ray Hemachandra, editor, Handmade Books, Lark Studio Series, Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing Company, New York, NY, 2010.

“Artful Insights: Books as Art, A Profile of Crystal Cawley’s Creative Process,” Inside the Arches, Portland Museum of Art Members’ Magazine, September/October 2001.

“The House That Crystal Built,” Inside the Arches, Portland Museum of Art Members’ Magazine, January–February, 2000.

Philip Isaacson, “At CMCA, Four on the Floor—and the Walls—a Fine Ride,” Maine Sunday Telegram, June 9, 2013.

Philip Isaacson, “PMA Show a Jewel, Naturally,” and “The Book on Crystal Cawley,” Maine Sunday Telegram, March 23, 2008.

Philip Isaacson, “Back to Back Wonders from Two Splendidly Inventive Minds,” Maine Sunday Telegram, November 4, 2001.

Philip Isaacson, “Beautiful, Versatile Paper Lends Support to Works of Art,” Maine Sunday Telegram, March 12, 2000.

Daniel Kany, “Biennial Overlooks Paintings but Otherwise Excels,” Maine Sunday Telegram, October 13, 2013.

Britta Konau, “Canvas: Not the Bookish Type,” Maine Home & Design, May 2013.

Britta Konau, “Four Shows at CMCA,” Art Current, The Free Press online, June 5, 2013.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.,  20th Anniversary Annual Report,  New York, NY.

Bob Keyes, “Heart-to-Heart: Artist Couples,” Maine Sunday Telegram, February 8, 2004.

Bob Keyes, “Only 28 out of 900 Make Portland Museum of Art’s 2013 Biennial,” Portland Press Herald, March 15, 2013.

Tamara Manzanares, “Show Reveals Diversity, Creativity in Book Arts,” Steamboat Today/Four Points, April 29, 2005.

Patricia Mathews, Virginia Women Artists and the Female Experience in Art, catalog for Virginia Women Artists show, 1985.

Robert Merritt, “Plastic Art: Breaking the Mold,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 23, 1984.

Autumn Phillips, “Book Exhibit Creating Buzz,” The Steamboat Pilot, May 27, 2005.

Matthew Ryckebush, “Artworks Shows are Intriguing,” South Coast Weekly, July 6, 2000.

“Piece Work: A Preview of the 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial,” Showcase in Maine Home & Design, August 2013.

Pat Sims, “If Artists Ran Portland,” Casco Bay Weekly, August 19, 1999.

Pat Sims, “Preview: The Art of Reading,” Casco Bay Weekly, September 16, 1999.

Rachel Tobie, Word & Image in the Contemporary Artist’s Book, catalogue of exhibition, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, 2004.

Suzanne Tourtillott, editor, 500 Handmade Books: Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form, Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing Company, New York, NY, 2008.