1977/81     Masters of Art, San Francisco State University, CA

1975          Bachelors of Art, San Francisco State University, CA (Honors -- Cum Laude)

1972-73    College of Marin, Kentfield, CA

1971         San Francisco Art Institute, CA

1970-71   Instituto del Arte, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (Full Scholarship)



2013-2014     Fellowship, The Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

2007-2009     Artist-in-Residence, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

2007              Award, Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue

1987              Visual Arts Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

1981              Visual Artist Fellowship in Photography, National Endowment for the Arts



2014             Cinque Mostre - Time & Again, American Academy in Rome, IT

2013             trans/literate, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2013             trans/literate, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010             Reparations, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010             Morphology, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008             A Narrative History of the Light Bulb, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2007             A Narrative History of the Light Bulb, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006             Re-Classifying History, 101 California Street Lobby, San Francisco, CA

2005             Re-Classifying History, de Young Museum (inaugural), San Francisco, CA

2005             Catherine Wagner: Early Works 1975-1981, California Landscapes and Moscone Site, Gallery, Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2004             Trilogy: Reflections on Frankenstein, the Arctic Circle, and the History of Science, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)

2003             Cross Sections: Catherine Wagner, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

2002             Areas of Concern and Crisis, Installation at Comme des Garcons, Kyoto, Japan

2001             Cross Sections: Catherine Wagner, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2001             Catherine Wagner: Selections 1980-2000, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000             Realism and Illusion: Catherine Wagner Photographs the Disney Theme Parks, Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO

1999             Art & Science: Investigating Matter, Photographs by Catherine Wagner, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

1999             Catherine Wagner, Selections 1978-1998, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

1997             Catherine Wagner: Art & Science, Investigating Matter, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, CA; International Center Of Photography, New York, NY; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA


1997           Realism and Illusion: Catherine Wagner Photographs the Disney Theme Parks, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Armand Hammer, Los Angeles, CA

1997           Catherine Wagner Photographs: Investigating Matter, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

1996           Art & Science: Investigating Matter, Kemper Gallery of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1994 American Classroom, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, at Amerika House, Frankfurt, Germany (Netwerk Kulture catalog)

1993           Home and Other Stories, Mills College, Oakland, CA; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

1988           American Classroom, The Photographs of Catherine Wagner, Museum of Fine Arts,

Houston, TX (publication)



2013          Art on Paper, Datz Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea

2013          Tradition of Mayhem, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA

2012          Yale University Art Gallery Re-Opening, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2012          Recent Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2012          Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art and Media, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2012          Silver Curtain, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011          The Altered Landscape, The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

2011          Polaroid [Im]possible, WestLicht - Museum of Photography, Vienna, Austria

2011          HERE, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, C A

2010          Know the Rules - Then Break Them, di Rosa, Napa, CA

2010          The Gallery of California Art, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, May, (3 Scrolls)

2010          State of Mind: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, Feb-June

2010          Masterworks of American Photography: Popular Culture, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

2010          Real and HyperReal, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2010          The View From Here, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2010          State of Mind, A California Invitational, MOPA, San Diego, CA

2009          75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2007          Bios 4, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC ), Seville, Spain

2004          Kurzdavordanach, SK Stiftungkultur, Koln, Germany

2003          Public Record, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA


COLLECTIONS (partial listing)

Berkeley Art Museum, University of California

The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky

Bibliotheque National de Paris

CCA Montreal

Center of Creative Photography

Chase - Manhattan Bank

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

First National Bank of Chicago, IL

Hewlitt Packard Corporation

International Center of Photography, New York

La Salle Bank

Levi Strauss Corporation

The Library of Congress

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Museum of American Art - Smithsonian Institution, NY

E. L. Wiegand Gallery, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

The Oakland Museum, CA

Progressive Corporation

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

San Jose Museum of Art, CA

Sprint Corporation

Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Walker Art Center, MN

Whitney Museum of Art, NY

Yale University Art Gallery, CT



2013           Artnet, Karen Vanegas, "Gallery Hopping on Thursdays - Luminous", July 18

                   LA Times, Susan Brenneman, "Literature’s Greatest Hits," April, E9

                   Photograph, Glen Helfand, "Catherine Wagner: trans/literate," March/April, pg. 52

                   Photograph Magazine, Glen Helfand, "Catherine Wagner: trans/literate," January 18

                   San Francisco Chronicle, Jesse Hamlin, "Works of Braille in 2-d," January 8

2012           California Style Magazine, Melissa Goldstein, "Morphology"

                   Art Practical, Patricia Maloney, "Stage Presence"

2011           Lexus Magazine, Darrell Hartman, "Cross Sections"

                   Spot Magazine, Lisa Sutcliffe, "Catherine Wagner speaks with Lisa Sutcliffe on

                   Reparations and its connection to war, identity, and spirituality, Fall

                   Artillery Magazine, Scarlet Cheng, "Catherine Wagner, May/June

                   Art News, Lea Feinstein, "Catherine Wagner," April

2010           Visual Art Source, "Catherine Wagner’s Reparations at Stephen Wirtz Gallery," Dec.

                   The Huffington Post, "Catherine Wagner’s Reparations at Stephen Wirtz Gallery" Dec.

                   Art Ltd. Magazine,, Hearne Pardee, "Catherine Wagner: "Morphology"

                   at Steven [sic] Wirtz Gallery." March.

                   Art Practical blog, Jessica Brier, "Morphology," Jan.




2014           Cinque Mostre –Time & Again, American Acdemy in Rome, catalog.

2014           Photograph Reproduced, Utopia, Blind Spot 47, Vik Muniz and Barney Kulok, April.

2014           Multiple Exhibition Reproductions, Cinque Mostre, Cinque Mostre: Time & Again, Posa Edizioni, Feb.

2013           Photographic Series and Interview, Catherine Wagner, Magazine Gitz

2013           Photograph Reproduced, Northern Vista, George Moscone Site, San Francisco, CA,

                   Arts for the City: San Francisco: Civic Art and Urban Change, Susan Wels, pg. 117

2012           Intruoduction, My San Francisco, San Francisco City Guide, 2013, Louis Vuitton, pg. 10-11

2012           Photographs Reproduced, Early California Landscapes, HERE., Pier 24 Photography, section 16

2010           Profile and Photograph Reproduced, -86 Degree Freezers, Twelve Areas of Concern and Crisis,

                   American Art & Philanthropy, Peter C. Marzio, pg 351 - 352 Photograph Reproduced, Green Energy,

                   Le Monde Diplomatique, Cedric Gossart, ""Quand les technologies vertes poussent

                   a la consommation"". July.

                   Photograph Reproduced, Emerson College, Southwick Hall, The New York Times Magazine,

                   David Leonhardt, ""Half a Degree"". May 9.

2008           San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker, "Artworks that make a lasting impression:

                   Wagner’s ‘Reparations’," August 9th.

                   LA Weekly. Peter Frank, "Dan Corson and Catherine Wagner’s Illuminating Ideas:

                   Let there be light bulbs," May 6th.

                   Los Angeles Times. Pauline O’Connor, "At these exhibitions, everything is illuminated." April 24th.

2007           San Francisco Chronicle. Kenneth Baker, "Everything is illuminated in show of lights," April 7th.

                   Los Angeles Times. Colin Westerbeck, "Photo Synthesis," March 25th.

                   SFGate, Kenneth Baker, "Review: Women’ artworks at Mills ask questions about gender,

                   authority, and tradition," February 8th.

                   San Francisco Bay Guardian, Stacy Martin, "Take 2: Women Revisiting Art History," February 14th.

2004 , Glen Helfand, "Critics Picks, Catherine Wagner," April.

                   San Francisco Chronicle/Datebook, Kenneth Baker "Art Grapples with Science and Politics," March 27th

2001           San Francisco Chronicle/Datebook, David Bonetti "The Best of 2001," December 31.

                   San Jose Mercury News, Jack Fischer "Pursuing Art Through Science," November 11.

                   Daily Review, Laura Casey "Recognition Skyrockets for Oakland Photographer," November 11.

                   San Francisco Chronicle, David Bonetti "Celebrating Life From the Inside Out," November 7.

                   San Francisco Chronicle, David Bonetti "Art Notes,"October 30.

                   SF Weekly, Lisa Hom "She Blinded Me With Science,"October 24.

                   TIME Magazine, James Poniewozik "Photographer: Through A Different Lens," October 15.

                   The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, David Bonetti "Bay City Best: Art," April 8.

                   The San Francisco Chronicle, David Bonetti "Humans Absent from, but Central to,

                   Wagner Photos," March 29.




2001            Butler, Helfand, Peat, Catherine Wagner: Cross Sections. Twin Palms Publishers.

1996            Homburg, Gass, Longino. Art &Science: Investigating Matter.

                    Nazraeli Press and Washington University Gallery of Art.

1993            Conkelton, Sheryl. Home and Other Stories, Photographs by Catherine Wagner.

                    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The University of New Mexico Press.

1990            Changing Places: Photographs by Catherine Wagner. Houston: Farish Gallery, Rice University

1998            Tucker, Anne Wilkes. American Classroom, The Photographs of Catherine Wagner.

                    Houston: Museum of Fine Arts.

1987            Catherine Wagner, 1976-1986. Tokyo: Min Gallery.

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