Christopher Wagner

Bio

Christopher B. Wagner is a sculptor originally from Kentucky but has now made his home in Portland, Oregon. 
He predominantly uses recycled or reconstituted wood as his medium. His figurative sculptures are allegorical, referencing several mythological traditions while still maintaining a personal dialogue for the artist. His earliest exposure to creating art was carving wooden figures with his grandfather. It wasn’t until much later during graduate school that he came back to this basic skill and rediscovered the joy of finding the figure
within an organic material. Since then he has not only continued carving solid figures but has also experimented with nontraditional uses of hog casings stretched over wooden frames to bring his concepts to life.

Christopher has an M.F.A. in sculpture from Edinboro University and a B.A. in Art from Georgetown College.
He has participated in numerous group shows along with solo exhibitions on both coasts of America and many places in between.

Education

2010 M.F.A. in Sculpture- Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

2007 B.A. of Art - Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY. Emphasis in Sculpture and Art History, May

Selected Exhibitions

2014

“Solitary Gestures”, Alexander Gallery, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

2013

“Christopher B. Wagner & Paul X. Rutz”, November, Gaurdino Gallery, Portland, OR

“Glean 2013, Artist Residency”, August, Disjecta Gallery, Portland, OR

“Dreamed into Being”, June, Simon Mace Gallery, Port Townsend, WA,

“Remembered Gods”, March, Good Gallery, Portland, OR

Solo Exhibition

2012

“Drifting Dream”, September,Minthorne Gallry, Newberg, OR

“Portlandia”, July, Simon Mace Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

2011

“Tasting Menu”, December, Simon Mace Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

“Portland Open Studios,” October, Studio, Portland, OR

“Christopher B. Wagner: Sculpture in Wood”, August, Gaurdino Gallery, Portland, OR

“The Language of Sculpture”, June, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Juried

“Driftwood Sculpture”, January, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA, Solo Exhibition

2010

“Small Works”, December, Gaurdino Gallery, Portland, OR, Invitational

“Wrapped”, November, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA, Juried

“New Works”, June, Glassgrowers Gallery, Erie, PA, Solo Exhibition

“Skinned”, May, Ferraro Gallery, Erie, PA, M.F.A. Thesis Show

2009

“Sculpture Show”, October, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA, Juried; Carol Werder

“Alumni Show”, August, Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown, KY Juried

“Images 2009”, June, Robeson Gallery, University Park, PA, Juried; Judith Hansen O’Toole

“86th Annual Spring Show”, April, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, Juried; Wendell Castle

“Annual Edinboro Exhibition”, March, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, PA, Juried; Pattie Baldwin

“In and Out of Our Minds”, March, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA

“Art and Drafts”. March, The Brewery at Union Station, Erie, PA, Invitational

2008

“Out of State”, December, 1507 Gallery, Erie, PA

“Shades of a Dream Twice Remembered”, August, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA

“Annual Edinboro Student Exhibition”, April, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, PA, Juried: Kate Lydon, Director
of Exhibitions at Society of Contemporary Craft. Pittsburgh, PA

2007

“Regional Invitational”, August, 1507 Gallery, Erie, PA, Invitational

“University Open”, April, Lex Arts, Lexington, KY, Juried

“Wavering Stability”, April, Ann Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown, KY

2006

“Annual Student Competition”, December, Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown, KY, Juried

“Local Artists”, November, Common Grounds Coffee Shop, Lexington, KY, Invitational

“C.E.P.: Creative Experimental Places”, November, Anne Wright Wilson Art Building, Georgetown, KY

“Georgetown College Spotlight”, July, Ann Davis Gallery, Ashland, KY, Invitational

“15 inches”: Class of 2007 Preview”, June, Cochenour Gallery, Georgetown, KY

“Yellow Boxes”, April, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Invitational

“Installation Works”, March, Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown, KY

Publications

2012 Francke, Tyler. Exhibit, The Newberg Graphic, September 5, 2012. Vol. 125, 71

2011 Randall, Janice. Sculpture, Island Arts, January, 2011

2010 Merkle, Karen, Beautiful, Beastly, The Erie Times News Showcase Magazine, May 6, 2010.

2009 Chimera: A Journal of Art and Literature, Vol. 6, Spring 2009

2008 Edwards, John. 'Out of State': Free to Intuit, The Erie Times News Showcase Magazine,January 1, 2009. 17

Honors and Award

2014

RACC Project Grant Recipient, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR

Glean Selection Committee, Glean PDX, Portland, OR

Artist Talk, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

2013

Glean Artist Residency, Glean PDX, Portland, OR

2012

Artist Talk, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

Guest Artist Demonstration, Society of Washington Artists, Vancouver, WA

3-D Judge, Battle Ground Art Alliance Spring Show, Battle Ground, WA

2011

Emerging Artist Award, Portland Open Studios

2010

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Edinboro University

3-D Award, Chimera: A Journal of Art and Literature, Juried; John Vanco, Director of Erie Art Museum

2009

Certificate of Completion, Karakuri Ningyo Workshop, Nagoya, Japan

Best in Show, “Sculpture Show”, Bates Gallery, Edinboro University

Award of Merit, “Images 2009”, Robeson Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University

Juror’s Choice Best in Show, “Annual Edinboro Student Exhibition” Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University

2008

Juror’s Choice Best in Show, “Annual Edinboro Student Exhibition” Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University

2007

Best in Show, “Annual Student Competition” Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College

2005- 07 Outstanding Sculptor Award, Georgetown College

2005 Faculty Outstanding Student Award, “Annual Student Competition”, Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown
College

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