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The Artist

Krystl Louwagie graduated with a liberal arts degree in Studio Art (minor in Art History) from Hamline University in Saint Paul in 2009. She received two separate scholarships to study art abroad (the Genevieve Rust Ehlers Scholarship) in 2008 and 2009. In 2019 she received an employee grant from Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to go towards framing her artworks. In 2021 she received a Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals grant to go towards a new series chronicling the pandemic through mask portraits and to establish this website!

Louwagie works full time as a marketing and access coordinator for the nonprofit Southwest Minnesota Arts Council in Marshall, MN. She works part-time as an artist taking commissions, a professional face painter, doing website and social media content for artists and arts organizations, a petting zoo assistant, a pet sitter, and a Les Mills Body Pump Group Exercise instructor at her local YMCA.

Her interest in art began early in life through illustrated fairy tale books, super-hero comics and animated cartoons. She’s also very enthusiastic about reading, exercising, cooking, remodeling her 1950’s home and animals (especially cats)!

She believes strongly in equity and community building in rural spaces.

The Art

Portraits, especially self-portraits, have been dominating Louwagie’s artistic work for the better part of the last fifteen years. She experiments within 2-d visual mediums, but in subject matter works with figures and portraits that call forth narratives. She does this through a variety of forms ranging from simple line comics to more complex portraits focusing on linework, shape and pattern. Her bold lines and narrative qualities are often reminiscent of what drew her to art even as a child: illustrated fairy-tale books and super-hero comics.

Louwagie occasionally does commissions, mostly portraits (people and pets) for local businesses and individuals. She has taught and assisted classes at the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Artist Retreat for multiple years and has taught art classes for Southwest Minnesota State University’s GOLD college (non-credit courses for adults that run for six weeks). She also taught multiple classes for the Granite Area Arts Council (in-person and on Zoom), the Makers Market in Granite Falls, The Appleton Arts and Culture Center, SWWC Young Artist Conference, and the Hutchinson Center for the Arts.

Headshot photo
Photo taken by Shay Photography
https://www.shayphotographymn.com/

Click here to watch Krystl’s
segment on PBS Postcards!


Upcoming Exhibits/Events

Layered Visions & Liminal Spaces

Jackson Center for the Arts
305 2nd St
Jackson MN, 56143

Exhibit runs October 1st through October 31st, 2024
Artist Reception Friday, October 11th, time TBD

Expressing Your Layers Class

Jackson Center for the Arts
305 2nd St
Jackson MN, 56143

Saturday, October 12, 10 am
Registration details to come.

Class Description: Explore what you can create when using semi-transparent durable paper to make layered artworks. Experiment with how an image changes when you are able to apply color to the backside and on the front side separately to create more depth. You can use one single sheet, or multiple to get a layered collage effect. These experiments can look realistic or lean more towards an abstract design (and anything in between)! The possibilities are endless! The transparency of the paper allows for you to trace more complicated designs (even from portraits or photos) and lets you create a background on one sheet and an exciting character or top subject on another. Stack them up for a unique finished artwork! This class will have metallic markers that can draw over dark colors or paper to create even more layers. In this class you can choose to draw or trace everything, or even decide to include a background layer from a magazine page or photo. Lets get creative!

Materials will be supplied to work with, but you may also want to bring your own images to work from or for inspiration—you can even bring a laptop or tablet with images saved on them you want to use (the screens can be used as your own backlit lightbox to trace from when using translucent paper).

*side note: if you have old magazines/calendars with lots of pictures (especially travel or fashion magazines) to donate to the cause, it’s good to have stuff people can use to trace or layer on top of.

Krystl has taught and assisted classes at the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Artist Retreat for multiple years and has taught art classes for Southwest Minnesota State University’s GOLD college (non-credit courses for adults that run for six weeks). She also taught multiple classes for the Granite Area Arts Council (in-person and on Zoom), the Makers Market in Granite Falls, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, SWWC Young Artist Conference, and the Appleton Art & Culture Center.

Artist Resume


Art by Krystl

Marshall, MN