Crystal Wagner was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Crystal attended Keystone College, a private liberal arts school in La Plume Pennsylvania where she earned her Associate Degree in Fine Art, receiving awards for both her prose/fiction writing and also her work as an artist. During her time there, she spent four months in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, experiencing the diverse terrain of the elevated landscape, studying and drawing from nature in the backcountry. Ms. Wagner then moved to Atlanta where she attended The Atlanta College of Art. After two more years with a double concentration in both printmaking and sculpture, she earned her Bachelor Degree in Fine Art. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Undergraduate Southern Graphics Council Fellowship for her achievements in printmaking.
In May 2008, Crystal completed her MFA at The University of Tennessee as a Graduate Teaching Associate. Her thesis exhibition led to the purchasing of one of her large sculptural forms by the Knoxville Museum of Art.While in graduate school, Wagner wrote and self-published a book titled Crimson Sky.