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Stuart L. Wagner

swag133@yahoo.com

  

   

Stuart Wagner, a native of Connecticut, has lived in the 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 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 Marin 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     
view exhibit
                        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
                    
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       
view exhibit
                    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     
view exhibit
             
 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 Exhibition
  Marin County Fair, Terra Linda, CA, Fine Arts Exhibit

  Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, Green Dimensions
 
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 Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Plexus Art Group, The Prison Project: 1 in 100
Herbst International Exhibition Hall at the Presidio of San Francisco:  fiber/Dimensions: Intersections 4
Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN,  Freedom:  The Fiber of Our Nation

DiRosa Preserve, Napa, CA, Slideslam
Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA, Open Craft and Sculpture Ehibition
Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA, EDGE
       view exhibit
Smith Ranch Gallery,
San Rafael, CA, fiber/Dimensions at Smith Ranch
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, EDGE Art Group at ACCI Gallery     
view exhibit
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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/Dimensions 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         view exhibit
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                              view exhibit

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

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               view exhibit
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.turtlebay.org/exhibitions/transforming_trash_exhibition/index.html
                         
www.sanchezartcenter.org/ARCHIVES/2004_FiberArts.html
          Top                www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/



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