C  h  r  i  s  t  y       H  e  n  g  s  t 

BORN            USA, 1967

SELECTED PUBLIC WORK and public collections

2018               Haiku Pathway    permanent installation of 35 “haiku stones”. Collaboration with  Miriam Sagan and haiku poets.  Courtyard of Santa  Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM.

2017                Same Boat    permanent public sculpture with benches, on the theme of climate change.  Collaboration with Anne Russell and over 200 Santa Fe students. Monica Lucero Park, Santa Fe.

2008-2013        Birds in the Park   traveling sculpture project Santa Fe, NM.

2007                Museum of Fine Arts collection,  Las Cruces,  NM.

2005                Museo de Arte Moderno collection,  Cuenca,  ECUADOR.

2004                Mead Art Musuem collection.  Amherst,  MA.

2003                Kathryn St. Bus Stop   project in collaboration with Helmut Hillenkamp.  Santa Fe, NM.

2001                Railyard Bus Stop project in collaboration with Helmut Hillenkamp.  Santa Fe, NM. Commissioned by the city of Santa Fe.

1998                Two Rivers Meet Seating area project, New Mexico State Hospital. Las Vegas, NM.  Commissioned by New Mexico Arts – an Art in Public Places Project. 

                       The Passage of Time mural project  El Camino Real Middle School. Las Cruces, NM.  Commissioned by New Mexico Arts – an Art in Public Places Project.

1997                Monumento al  Herrero (Monument to the Blacksmiths) sculpture  project in collaboration with Helmut Hillenkamp and Fausto Cardoso, Plaza of the Blacksmiths, Cuenca, ECUADOR.  Commissioned by the City of Cuenca.

1995                Symbolic Gateway Bus Stop project at Santa Fe Community College.  Santa Fe, NM.

1993                The Daily Inquirer temporary text public art project , collaboration with Michele Rosenshein, in various locations throughout the city, Santa Fe, NM.

1992                Circle of Pictures one-year long Map Picture Treasure Hunt. Shelburne Falls, MA. 



2013/14          Birds in the Garden, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe, NM.

2013               Santa Fe Mugs, Counter Culture, Santa Fe, NM.

2011               Birds at the Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.

2008-2013:     Birds in the Park: traveling public art project landing in over 75 locations internationally.

2007              Relationships, IX Bienal de Cuenca, Casa de los Arcos, Cuenca, ECUADOR.

2006              Running on Full, Museum of Fine Arts,  Las Cruces,  NM.

                     Sealed in Wax, Box Gallery,  Santa Fe,  NM.

2005             Selado en Cera, Museo de Arte Moderno,  Cuenca, ECUADOR.

                     Versiegelt in Wachs, BBK-Galerie,  Aachen,  GERMANY.

2003            Cave, Box Gallery,  Santa Fe,  NM.

                     New Work from Christy Hengst, Basiste Gallery,  Santa Fe,  NM.


2015             Axle Indoors at Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM

2014             Armory Show, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM.

                    SITE Unseen, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM.

2013             Wendover Landing, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM.

2010             100 Künstler-100 Kacheln, Couven Museum.  Aachen, GERMANY.

                   Heart This!, Jay Etkin Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2009             Waning and Waxing, Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

                    Metamorphisis,  Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE.

                    Encaustic Works ’09, R&F and The Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY.

2008             Site Unseen, SITE Santa Fe,  Santa Fe,  NM.

2007              Creamy Goodness, Salon Mar Graff, Tesuque,  NM.

                     Sticks and Stones, Lauryn Taylor Fine Art,  Carmel,  CA.

                    Seed Catalog, Bridge Art Fair,  Chicago,  IL.

2006              Site Unseen, SITE Santa Fe,  Santa Fe,  NM.

                   Gallery Artists, Julie Baker Fine Art,  Nevada City,  CA.

2004              Ausstellende Künstlerin,  Galerie Stricker,  Aachen,  GERMANY.

                    Selections, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM.

2003              Box Gallery Group Show, Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2002              True Colors, Meridian International. Washington D.C. (on tour with  stops chronologically in New York, NY;  Palm Beach, FL;  Atlanta,GA;  Ankara, TURKEY;  Istanbul, TURKEY;  Berlin, GERMANY; Portadown, IRELAND;  Belfast, IRELAND;  Tirania, ALBANIA;  Bratislava, SLOVAKIA;  Dallas, TX,
and Biloxi, MS.            

2001               Sculpture Show, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM.

1998               International Ceramics Public Art Exhibition, Taipei Cultural Center,Taipei TAIWAN.


1996                Antioch University, MA / Fine Arts, Individualized Master of Arts Program. Santa Fe, NM

1990                Amherst College, BA / Fine Arts. Amherst, MA


2016     Instructor,  Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA.

2015     Conference presenter: Building Creative Communities, La Fonda,
Santa Fe, NM.

2014     Conference organizer: Evolving Intentions in Public Art, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

2007                Instructor,  Ludwig Museum, Aachen, GERMANY.

2005/2006       Instructor,  Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

                      Instructor,  Ludwig Museum. Aachen, GERMANY.

2004                Instructor,  Burg Sahr, GERMANY.

2001                Instructor,  Esalen Institute. Big Sur, CA.

1999                Instructor,  Santa Fe Community College. Santa Fe, NM.

1998                Artist in Residence, Esalen Institute. Big Sur, CA.

1997                Instructor, Artist in Residence, Fundacion Paul Rivet. Cuenca, ECUADOR.