Bio

Sarah Wagner is a sculptor and installation artist whose work renders the frailties and strengths wrought by the dynamism of emotional and biological development within an increasingly unnatural world. Her investigations and renderings of the ecological systems has inspired her to explore exhibition venues as unnatural environments within which to create models for parallel worlds. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally at Projekt 0047 (Berlin), Homie (Berlin), Cress Gallery (Chattanooga), de Saisset Museum (Santa Clara), Museum of Craft and Folk Art , YBCA , Southern Exposure, New Langton Arts (San Francisco), 21 Grand (Oakland), and Revolution Gallery (Detroit). Wagner’s work has been reviewed in Art Week and Art Papers and is in the Microsoft Collection. In 2009 She received a Pollock/Krasner Grant in 2009 and a Joan Mitchell Fellowship in 2014. She currently divides her time between Detroit MI, Chattanooga TN and Baltimore MD and is represented by the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco. BFA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Resident, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; MFA, California College of the Arts. 

 

Sarah Wagner - Curriculum Vitae

Education:

MFA: California College of the Arts 2005

BFA: Magna Cum Laude, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1994

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2005

 

Solo and Collaborative Exhibitions and Performances:

"Yard/Zone: Hometown" Popp's Packing, Hamtramck Michigan 2014

"Yard/Zone: False Evidence Appearing Real" Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California 2014

"Yard/Zone" Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Lincoln, NE 2014

"3x3", Herron Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana 2013

"Inherent State", Ann Arbor Art Center, Michigan (with Catherine Wagner and Brooks Harris Stevens/Jen Harris 2012

"Future Positive", Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California (with Jon Brumit and Christy Matson) 2011

"∞The∞Quantum∞Field∞" Public Pool, Detroit, Michigan (with Jon Brumit and Christy Matson) 2010

"∞The∞Quantum∞Field∞" NEXT Projects, Chicago, Illinois (with Jon Brumit and Christy Matson) 2010

"Open House" Skydive Gallery, Houston, Texas (with Jon Brumit) 2009

"Nuclear Family" George Cress Gallery, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2008

"Nuclear Family" Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California 2008

"Seam-ingly"  21 Grand, Oakland, California 2007

"Roots Grow Both Ways" 310 Bocana Gallery, San Francisco, California 2007

"Lepidopterists, 2006", Homie, Berlin, Germany (with Jon Brumit and Lee Montgomery)

"Root:  Origin", Window, Artist's Television Access, San Francisco, California 2006

"Life Law Affimations--A Perfect Day", Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Performance, San Francisco, California 2006

“Crossover” Association for Visual Artists (with Jon Brumit), Chattanooga, Tennessee 2004

“Traffic Conduction, Market Street Bridge (with Jon Brumit), Performance, Chattanooga, Tennessee 2004

 

Group Exhibitions:

“An Evening of Art and Science” Detroit, MI 2015

"Innovators and Legends" 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, OK 2015

"Menagerie, or Artwork Not About Love" James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History; Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI 2014

"Innovators and Legends" Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA 2014

"Innovators and Legends" Colorado State University Art Museum, Fort Collins, CO 2014

"Innovators and Legends" University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, Lexington 2013

"Innovators and Legends" Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn NY 2013

"Process as Content" Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI 2012

"Innovators and Legends"  Muskegon Museum of Art, MI 2012

"UN-DRESS :: RE-DRESS"  Public Pool, Hamtramck, MI 2011

"Living Art : Living Process"  Copper Colored Mountain Arts, Ann Arbor, MI 2011

"Nude" Butter Projects, Royal Oak, Michigan 2011

"Faculty Exhibition" Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan 2011

"Let's Talk About Love, Baby" Joan Flasch Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois 2010

“The Art of the Artist’s Book” Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan 2010

Natural Blunders", de Saisset Museum, California 2009

"Spring Show" Living Room Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2008

"C-Change" Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California 2007

"Blue Drawings" El Camino College Art Galley, Torrance, California 2007

"Everything but the Kitchen Sink", Flippo Gallery, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia 2007

"Ripples", Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California 2007

"Group Show", Artist's Television Access, San Francisco, California 2007

"Drawn", Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California 2006

"all together now", Projekt 0047, Berlin, Germany 2006

"Rising Stars" CPF Gallery, San Francisco, California 2006

“Momentum”, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California 2006

“Benefit” 21 Grand, Oakland, California “Annual Auction”, The Lab, San Francisco, California 2006

“New California Masters” San Jose Works, San Jose, California 2006

“So Beautiful” Revolution, Ferndale, Michigan 2006

“Textile is a State of Mind”, North and South Galleries—CCA, Oakland, California 2006

“Visual Alchemy” Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California 2005

“Thesis Exhibition" California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California 2005

“Subtle” Playspace, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California 2004 “Perceptions,” California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California 2004

“Material Matters” Playspace, California College of the Arts, San Francisco,California

“Sliv and Dulet Present: A Summer Line. ” New Langton Arts, San Francisco, California 2004

 

Collections:

Muskegon Museum of Art, MI, 2015

Microsoft, Fargo, North Dakota Collection, 2009

 

Honors and Awards:

Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, 2014

Pollock/Krasner Grant, 2009

Lowenstein Fellowship, California College of the Arts, 2003-2005

Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts, 2003-2005

Eye-opener Award, Second City Council.  Long Beach, 2001

Elected to Alpha Society, 1994

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Brock Scholar, 1994

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Magna Cum Laude, 1994

Cottonball Scholarship, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1992

 

Reviews and Publications:

Infinatemiledetroit.com. DeGalan, Clara. "The Wolf at our Door, a review of SARAH WAGNER:  Yard/Zone at Popp's Packing."  Issue 11: November 2014.  http://www.infinitemiledetroit.com/The_Wolf_at_Our_Door_a_review_of_SARAH_WAGNER_Yard-Zone_at_Popps_Packing.html

Knightarts.org.  Sharp, R. "Yard/Zone by Sarah Wagner maps a mythical neighborhood inside Popp's Packing." October 17, 2014. http://www.knightarts.org/community/detroit/yardzone-by-sarah-wagner-maps-a-mythical-neighborhood-inside-popps-packing

Complex.com. Wood, Jennifer. "20 Detroit Artists You Should Know."  September 30, 2014. http://www.complex.com/style/2014/09/20-detroit-artists-you-should-know/sarah-wagner

Parallax two. Maki, Norah and Allyson Paty. 2014. Singing Saw Press. p. 2

Innovators and Legends; Generations in Textiles and Fiber. Hallman, Ted, GearyJones and Art Martin.  2012. Muskegon Museum of Art. Print. p.106-7.

Ann Arbor.com. Eberbach, Jennifer.  "'Inherent State' exhibition features two sets of sisters, four distinct voices"  February 10, 2012 http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/inherent-state-exhibition

Bad at Sports.  Margolis-Pineo, Sarah. "Transforming Worry into Wonder: An Interview with Sarah Wagner" October 13, 2011 http://badatsports.com/2011/transforming-worry-into-wonder-an-interview-with-sarah-wagner/

New Media Caucus:  Media-N. Westbrook, Jessica and Towbridge, Adam. "Dynamic Coupling" Fall 2010: v.06 n.02: November 11th, 2010 http://www.newmediacaucus.org/wp/?page_id=10

Art Papers.  Sanabria, Denise. "Sarah Wagner and Jade Townsend" Mar/April 2009. p. 57

Chattanooga Times Free Press.  Nichols, Ann. "Sculptural Installations Open at UTC" October 12, 2008

Artslant San Francisco.  Stanchfield, Natalie. "Evanescence and Fragility" May 2008.  http://www.artslant.com/sf/articles/picklist#p1277 (internet cited 6/1/08).

Flavorpill. Stork, Jeanne, "Sarah Wagner:  Nuclear Family"  May 2008. http://flavorpill.com/sanfrancisco/events/2008/5/1/sarah-wagner-nuclear-family

Artweek.  Palm, Kristin, "Sarah Wagner at 301 Bocana", July/August 2007. p. 17-18

effing magazine.  Wolf, Allyssa, ed.  #5, 2006.  p. 54.  

Real Detroit Weekly.  Gordon, Ann. “Oh So Beautiful!” 18-24 May 2005.  p. 26

Metro Times.  Robinson, Phaedra. “Flowerings.” 11-17 May 2005.  p.  28

Pulse.  Cartlidge, Ruth. “Chattanoogans Drive a Work of Performance Art.” 26 May 2004. p.  12.

Pulse. Cartlidge, Ruth. “Crossover Bridges Chattanooga’s Many Layers at AVA.” 28 April 2004. p.  11.

Chattanooga Times Free Press.  Nichols, Anne. “Crossover” 18 April 2004.  p.  D6.

SF Weekly  Tudor, Silke. “Caught on Tape” October 2002

Sequoya Review. Chattanooga, 1993 and 1994

 

Lectures and Presentations:

Popp's Packing, Hamtramck MI, Artist Talk, 2014

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Artist Talk, September 2014

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Artist Talk and Workshop, May 2014

Muskegon Museum of Art, MI, Panelist, 2012

Wayne State University, Artist's Talk and Graduate Review Panelist, 2012

Cranbrook School of Art, Artist's Talk and Studio Visits, 2012

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Artist's Talk, 2012

Eastern Michigan University,  Ypsilanti, MI, Artist's Talk, 2011  

Penland School of Crafts, Artist's Talk, 2011

Rust Belt to Artist Belt, Detroit, MI, Panelist, 2011

Mess Hall, Chicago, IL, Artist's Talk, 2010

Cleveland Art Institute, Artist's Talk, 2010

Harold Arts Residency, Artist's Talk and Workshop, 2009 and 2010

Skydive Gallery, Houston, TX, Artist's Talk, 2009

University of Houston, Lecture, 2009

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Panel, 2008

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Lecture, 2008

California State Hayward 2006

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 2005

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2005

California State Hayward 2005

California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA 2005

Oakland Art Gallery, Artists Panel, Oakland, CA 2005

California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, Workshop, 2005

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2005

College of Marin, Kentfield, CA 2005

University of California at Davis, Artist's Talk and Workshop, 2004

California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA 2004