Born on December 12, 1977, in Charleston, West Virginia, Crispin attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Later, Crispin was accepted as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate at Bard College in The Milton Avery School of Painting and Sculpture, one of the premier art schools in the nation. Crispin was one of 11 students accepted worldwide that year in sculpture. He was the only non-New Yorker accepted, and the only student who did not possess a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Crispin had a lasting impression upon students and faculty there artistically and spiritually.
After completing a successful three-year MFA at Bard, Crispin was invited in 2004 to apply to The Ohio State University graduate art program in art and technology for a second MFA. He was accepted and there began a similar exploration into his art. Without missing a beat, living modestly and working diligently Crispin began to impress upon the faculty and students at OSU much like previous institutions had come to love and appreciate in him, a young man full of vigor, love, faith and art that had no boundaries. This led Crispin to be selected by nationally known artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil to work closely in an apprenticeship-like atmosphere that grew into friendship.
Crispin, Don Boyd and Jason Andrew Bowles shared a studio at Open Wabi many years before its fruition.