Artist, advocate, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Paula Crown navigates internal and external dimensions of being, from the center to the surface and everything in between. Her artwork is layered; it reflects her concerns about the environment, social justice, and personal responsibility in a turbulent time. Crown’s multimedia work encompasses 3D technology, drawing, painting, video, and sculpture, and it often intersects with the worlds of architecture, fashion, and design. She employs innovative materials and environmentally-sound practices in her studio and contemporary works, and is committed to sustainability in art and in life. Since 2013, Crown’s work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and around the world. She has had solo shows at the Aspen Institute, Dallas Contemporary, Marlborough Gallery (New York, NY), 10 Hanover (London, U.K.), The Goss-Michael Foundation (Dallas, TX), Fort Gansevoort (New York, NY), the Miami Design District, Studio Cannaregio (Venice, Italy), and Hebrew University (Tel Aviv, Israel). She has also been featured in numerous group shows, including at Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, NY), International Center of Photography (New York, NY), Kunsthal KAdE (Amersfoort, Netherlands), and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her public artworks, including JOKESTER, CHALICE, JOKESTER 2, BRANDED, EMANARE, FREEZING RAIN, TRANSPOSITION, and FOR FREEDOMS AWAKENING have been installed at Rockefeller Center and Times Square (New York, NY), New World Symphony’s WALLCAST (Miami, FL), Sculpture Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI), The Mint Museum Uptown (Charlotte, NC), Miami Design District, SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY), Los Angeles, Chicago, Intersect 21 (Palm Springs, CA), and at the top of Aspen Mountain. Crown’s notable public works capture the viewer’s curiosity, offering first a moment to pause, and then an opportunity to engage with others. In the large-scale sculptures from her SOLO TOGETHER opus, she issues a call for environmental activism. Drawing on its bold use of color and scale, the series confronts viewers about the environmental dangers of single-use plastics, our culture of throwaway consumerism, and the marks we leave behind. BRANDED, her cow sculpture to benefit God’s Love We Deliver, was adorned with luxury fashion logos. Crown’s intention was to raise questions about “brand” as a means of mark-making to signify ownership (the literal searing of symbols), as well as the conflating of luxury labels with status. What is the consumer’s role in supporting companies that employ responsible business practices? Pieces in her recent ASPEN MAPS series are layered abstracted forms based on trail maps in Aspen. They blend digital and analog drawing techniques to overlay multiple viewpoints, creating novel forms. In this series, Crown asks us to reflect upon our tracks on Earth, using painting to foster a deeper consideration of our natural surroundings. Beyond the art world, Crown has led several high-profile collaborations in the fashion, furniture design, and textile industries. She has worked with luxury interior designers Holly Hunt and Thierry Despont on art installations and curations for The Little Nell and The Limelight Hotel Collection, and with couturier Christy Rilling for the Wide Awakes. Most recently, Crown partnered with Prada on ASPENX Prada, the high-performance skiwear and lifestyle brand. Crown’s artwork can be found in the private collections of Agnes Gund, Tishman Speyer, and The Goss-Michael Foundation, among others. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Crown to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She is an active member on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art and serves on The Aspen Institute Committee of the Arts.