Stuart L. Wagner

swag133@yahoo.com

                                           Gallery                                                     

 

Stuart Wagner, a native of Connecticut, has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for all but six years since 1964.  He served in the Marine Corps after high school and completed his undergraduate work at The University of Connecticut and his graduate studies at Stanford.  His Ph.D. dissertation research took him to BogotŠ, Colombia where he lived for a year.  Stuart taught Latin American history and Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota for five years.  He returned to the Bay Area in 1974 to begin an electronics business, which he administered until 1989, when he retired.  Stuart became an art student in 1992.  He considers himself primarily a 3 dimensional artist who works with a wide variety of materials from steel to digital images.

Artist Statement

If I could draw, Iíd be a cartoonist.  Instead, I use more dimensional materials. Because the components are so critical to the content of my art, I have developed a broad palette which includes fiber, steel, ceramics, wood, precious metals, recycled materials and both conventional and digital photography.

I am essentially a 3-D artist; even my photography often has a third dimension.  I emphasize realism over abstraction and usually work in life size.  I consider myself a "local" artist and submit work regularly to nearby area exhibitions.  I have been honored with a number of awards at the Marin County Fair, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Berkeley's ACCI Gallery and from the Marin Society of Artists.

My art is conceptual in that I construct visual representations of thoughts, memories and ideas.  These, in turn, derive added meaning from the materials and construction techniques I use.  My work is rarely personal in the sense of being introspective, but it is subjective, nearly always evincing a strong point of view. In rare fits of sanctimony, in a quixotic delusion, I point a spear at some imagined or real injustice. During those times--when I realize that I've crossed the line from art to therapy--I hurry back to satire.  Actually, humor and irony underlie the vast majority of my work.  If my art simply makes someone smile--even if they do not go deeper into the underlying motivation for creating the piece--I feel that I have accomplished my purpose.  As I said, if I could draw I'd be a cartoonist.

Partial List of  Juried Shows

2017           Marin Civic Center Gallery, San Rafael, CA, fiber Dimensions at the Marin Civic Center
                  
Community Congregational Church, Tiburon, CA, EDGE Art Group at the CCC

2016            Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA, Outside the Lines

2015            San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, San Francisco, CA, Quotation Marks
                  
Bank of Marin, San Rafael, CA, Artworks Downtown Benefit Exhibition
                   Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, EDGE on EDGE
                  
Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA, Shapes and Edges

2014             Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA Collect!
                    Napa Valley Library, Napa, CA, Quotation Marks
                    Marin County Civic Center Galleries, San Rafael, CA, AWD Associate Artists at the Civic Center
                    Roseville Downtown Library. Roseville, CA, Quotation Marks
                    Martha Riley Community Library, Roseville, CA,
Quotation Marks
                    Assemblage Gallery, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Thinking Inside the Box:
                          An Homage to Louise Nevelson
                   
 
Marin County Fair, Terra Linda, CA, Fine Arts Exhibit

 2013             Herbst Pavilion at the Presidio of San Francisco: fiber Dimensions: Intersections 6
                     Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Small Works
                    
Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Midnight in Paris
                     Mill Valley Library, Mill Valley, CA, Quotation Marks
                     Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Transitions

                     Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Drawing
                     ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, National Juried Exhibition
                     Community Congregational Church, Tiburon, CA,
fiber/Dimensions at the CCC
                    
Works Gallery, San Jose CA, Beyond Gaga

2012            Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA Falkirk's 100
                  
Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Art on the Farm
                    Chico Art Center Chico, CA, Small World, Small Works
                    Marin County Fair, Terra Linda, CA, Fine Arts Exhibit
                   
Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, CA,  Hats Stand 4 Hope
                    Marin Society of Artists,
Ross, CA, Open Craft and Sculpture Exhibition
                   
ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Consequences
                    Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Annual Juried Exhibition
                    University of San Francisco School of Law, Equal Justice Society, San Francisco, CA, Hunger Pains

2011           Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Associate Artists Show
                
  Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Small Works Show
                   STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Tiny
                  
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Falkirk's 100
                   Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Dia de los Muertos:  An Exhibit of Altars
                   ACCI Gallery, Berkeley,
CA, Can Do
                  
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition
                  
Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA,
COLLECTIVES: Unique Artist Groups of Marin
                  
2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA, AMERICA
                   fiber/Dimensions at 500 Howard, San Francisco, CA
                   Marin County Fair, Terra Linda, CA, Fine Arts Exhibit

                   fiber/Dimensions at the Bay Model, Sausalito, CA
                   fiber/Dimensions at the Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA
                   Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Re: Value
                   Marin MOCA, Novato, CA, Artfully Reclaimed
                  
University of San Francisco School of Law, Equal Justice Society, San Francisco, CA, Fostering Dreams of Equality
                   Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA, Open Craft and Sculpture Exhibition
                   Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Can Do
            
 2010          Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Small Works
                  
Marin Arts Council Gallery, San Rafael, CA, Small Wonders, Large Luxuries 
                     
  STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Tiny
                   Presidio Officer's Club Gallery, San Francisco, CA, fiber/Dimensions Intersections 5: Colors_Concepts_Contours

                  
Zero Breast Cancer, Mill Valley, CA, Honor The Healer
                  
Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, The Green Wave
                   STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Delicious
                   ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Fiber 2010
                   Art at the Cheese Factory, Petaluma, CA, Journeys
                 
Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Mosaics
                  
University of San Francisco School of Law, Equal Justice Society, San Francisco, CA, Yearning to  Breathe Free
             
     Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA,  1 in 100:  America Behind Bars

   2009  
  STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Mischief
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA,  National Fine Craft Exhibitio
n
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, Green Dimensions
Marin County Fair, Terra Linda, CA, Fine Arts Exhibit
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA, Alchemy
Falkirk Cultural Center Gallery, San Rafael, CA, fiber/Dimensions at Falkirk
Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA,
Open Craft and Sculpture Exhibition
2008 DiRosa Preserve, Napa, CA, Slideslam
Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA, Open Craft and Sculpture Ehibition
Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA, EDGE
      
Smith Ranch Gallery,
San Rafael, CA, fiber/Dimensions at Smith Ranch
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, EDGE Art Group at ACCI Gallery     
2007

 

 




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2005

Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA, The Little Show        
College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery,
Kentfield, CA, The Devil You Know. Solo show
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA,  National Fine Craft Exhibition
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, Pacific Rim Sculpture Group, Snooze Button
Marin Art Festival, San Rafael, CA
Artisans Art Gallery, San Rafael, CA, Mechanized Genius
Community Congregational Church, Tiburon, CA, f/D at the CCC
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, Hybrid
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA,
Recovery:  Man over Matter

Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA, Open Sculpture and Crafts
Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Bay Area Fine Crafts: Silver & Gold
Fiber Scene Online exhibit, www.fiberscene.com. Independent Flags
Atrium Gallery, San Francisco, CA,
Pacific Rim Sculpture Group: Objects of Engagement
Herbst International Exhibition Hall at the Presidio of San Francisco:  fiber/Dimensions: Intersections III 
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Remake/Remodel: Rebound.  Studies in Transformation        
Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, fiber/Dimensions at the Pence
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, Explorations in Art & Language

Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley, CA, Art for the Fun of It  Solo show
Alameda Art Center, Alameda, CA, Cornucopia                             

Democracy for America, Sausalito, CA, The Art of Politics
Belvedere-Tiburon Library, Tiburon, CA, knowlEDGE                

Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA Small Works
Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA, Open Sculpture and Crafts
Marin County Fair, Terra Linda, CA, Fine Arts Exhibit
Sausalito Arts Commission, Sausalito, CA, Ro Sham Bo-Rock--Paper Scissors
600 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, Pacific Rim Sculpture Group, Strange Days
San Francisco Bay Model Gallery, Sausalito, CA, Fiber Dimensions at the Bay Model
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Falkirk 2005
Annual Juried Exhibition of Marin Artists

 
2004   Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA:  fiber/Dimensions at Pacifica
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA:  Bags & Baggage              
Herbst International Exhibition Hall at the Presidio of San Francisco:  fiber/Dimensions: Intersections II 
Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA: Third Dimension
2003  Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley: Artisans 2003 National Juried Exhibition
Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley: The Fine Art of Craft
College of Marin, Kentfield: Student Art Show
Marin Society of Artists, Ross:  Open Sculpture & Crafts
ten78 Gallery, Chico, CA: Naked
2002 Sight & Insight Gallery, Mill Valley, CA: Phoenix Rising
The Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz: Refuse/Reuse/Redux
College of Marin, Kentfield: Student Art Show
Herbst Pavilion at the Presidio of San Francisco: fiber Dimensions: Intersections
Marin Society of Artists, Ross:  Open Sculpture & Crafts
Downtown Art Works, San Rafael: The Fine Art of Craft
Sight & Insight Gallery, Mill Valley: The Rhythm of Change: Artists Responding to an Evolving World
2001 Turtle Bay Museum of Art & History, Redding: Transforming Trash:  Bay Area Fiber Art
MeSH Gallery, Sebastopol, CA:  Trash: Art from Recycled Materials
Marin Arts Council, San Rafael:  Encore Recycling Show, Marin Country Civic Center
Marin Society of Artists, Ross:  Open Sculpture & Crafts
College of Marin, Kentfield: Student Art Show
Marin County Fair, Terra Linda: Fine Arts Exhibit
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol: A Fine Hand
Belevedere-Tiburon Library, Tiburon: Fiber at the Library
 

 

2000  Marin Society of Artists, Ross: Open Sculpture & Crafts
Marin Technology Center, Fiber Dimensions at The Marin Technology Center, San Rafael CA
1999 Downtown Art Center, San Rafael: Fiber as Art
Marin Arts Council, Larkspur:  Stretching the Boundaries
Marin Society of Artists, Ross: Open Sculpture & Crafts
Marin County Fair, Terra Linda: San Rafael: Fine Arts Exhibit
Bolinas Museum, Bolinas: Fiber Art
College of Marin, Kentfield:  Fiber Dimensions 10th Anniversary Show
Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley: Book Makers: West Coast
Marin Arts Council, Corte Madera: Memberís Exhibition
1998 Marin Society of Artists,   Open Sculpture & Crafts
Marin County Fair, Terra Linda: Fine Arts Exhibit
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol: Food, Glorious Food
Marin Arts Council  Memberís Exhibition
1997   Marin County Fair, Terra Linda: Fine Arts Exhibit
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol: Movers & Shakers
Marin Arts Council  Experimental Media: Fiber Sculpture
1996 College of Marin, Kentfield: , Student Art Show
Marin County Fair, Terra Linda: Fine Arts Exhibit
1995 College of Marin, Kentfield: , Student Art Show
Marin Society of Artists,  Open Sculpture & Crafts

 

Art in Public Places

                    College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, Fine Arts Building, Puzzle Totem

Publications
                   
Richmond Art Center Catalog, Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art (2015)
                   
Documentary film short, "Mondays at Racine" (2012)

                    Marin Independent Journal, Lifestyles, September 27, 2012
                    San Francisco Examiner, October 28, 2012

                    Marin Independent Journal
, Lifestyles, June 16, 2011
                   
Ross Valley Reporter, June 8-June 14, 2011
                   
The Jewish Forward, April 21, 2011

                    Pacific Sun, January 28 - February 3, 2011
                   
Point Reyes Light, April 8, 2010
                    West Marin Citizen, April 1, 2010

                    www.Jweekly.com, January 7, 2010
                   
Pacific Sun. October 31-November 6, 2008
                    San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook. November 2. 2008
                    Fort Mason Center Monthly, October, 2008
                    Marin Independent Journal, Lifestyles, October 4, 2008 
                    Benicia Herald, April 8, 2008
                    Inside Benicia, March 2008
                    Times Herald (Solano County, CA),  March 21, 2008
                   
Listen & Be Heard Weekly, March 12-19, 2008
               
    Pacific Sun, September 7, 2007
                    The California Aggie Online, March 14, 2006
                    Surface Design Journal, Spring 2005 
                   
 www.edgeartgroup.com (site designer)
                    Marin Independent Journal, October 28, 2004
                    Pacific Sun, December 29, 2004
                    Artweek, October 2004
                    San Rafael Focus Magazine, Fall 2004
                    Surface Design Journal, Winter 2002
                    The Echo Times (College of Marin), May 7, 2001
                    The Echo Times (College of Marin), October 16, 2000
                    Ross Valley Reporter, October 13-19, 1999

Gallery Representation

                   Various & Sundries, San Anselmo, CA
                   Virginia Breier, San Francisco, CA

Arts Memberships & Service

              
   Juror, Marin Society of Artists, Open Craft and Sculpture Exhibit, 2016
                  Artist Member,
Berkeley Art Center

                  Associate Artist, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA
                  Marin Arts Council
                  Plexus Art Group
                  Judge, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 2006
                  American Craft Council
                  fiber/Dimensions
                  Edge Art Group
                  Pacific Rim Sculpture Group
                  Board of Directors Artisan Gallery, Mill Valley, CA 1994-1998

Web Sites

                   www.stuartwagner.com
                   www.fiberdimensions.com
                   www.plexusartgroup.com
                   www.edgeartgroup.com
                   www.pacificrimsculptors.org
                   www.landfillart.org
                   www.fiberscene.com
                   www.artslant.com                    
                   www.turtlebay.org/exhibitions/transforming_trash_exhibition/index.html
                  
www.sanchezartcenter.org/ARCHIVES/2004_FiberArts.html
                   www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

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