Elise Wagner painter, printmaker, and teacher, is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Elise relocated to Portland, Oregon 32 years ago. Her initial captivation with the geology, and the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, lead her to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree at Portland State University. She studied painting, sculpture, art history, printmaking, geology, physics and environmental biology which wove into what would become the conceptual fabric of her work.

Elise is a 2015-16 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant as well as numerous other grants and awards. Her work is among corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been published in several books and catalogs. Making the Pacific Northwest her home base has continually nurtured her lifelong creative pursuits.

1995      Bachelor of Science, Painting, Portland State University
2001      Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
2015    The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2013    Regional Arts & Culture Council Professional Development Grant, Portland, OR
2010    Oregon Arts Commission, Career Opportunity Grant
2008   Best in Show, Pacific Northwest Art Annual, Oregon Cultural Trust
2008   Oregon Arts Commission, Percent for Art Project, Portland State University Smith Center
2006   University Honda Award, Art About Agriculture
2004   Sue Lynn Thomas Juror’s Honor Award, Art About Agriculture, Oregon State University
2001    Vermont Studio Center Residency
2001    Regional Arts & Culture Council Technical Assistance Grant
1998    Press Award, Art About Agriculture, Oregon State University
1996    Purchase Award, Art About Agriculture, Oregon State University
2017    Climate Charts, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2017    Amalgamation, A Survey Exhibition of Paintings and Prints, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX
2017    Unearthed, A Solo Exhibition of Encaustic Collagrpah Prints & Plates, Atelier 6000, Bend, OR
2016    Genesis, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2015    What Remains, Frederick Holmes & Co., Seattle, WA
2014    Uncharted Territories, Butters Gallery, Portland OR
2013    Opposing Cartographies, Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA
2012    Event Horizons, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2011     Quantum + Creative Connections, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
2011     Quantum Singularities, Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA
2011     A Decade in Painting, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
2010    New Work, Hallway Gallery, Bellevue, WA
2010    Solar Flare, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2010    50 Gestures, Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK
2009   Celestial Cartographies, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2008   New Paintings, Hallway Gallery, Bellevue, WA
2008   Particle Maps, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2007   New Paintings, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2006   Loss and Flow, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2003   Crop Circles, The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
2001    Residual Narratives, The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
1999    Remote References, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR
1998    Works on Paper, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR
1997    Degenerate Era, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR
2018   30th Anniversary Group Show, Butters Gallery, Portland
2017   Mad Pursuit: Exploring Science Through the Lense of Art, Ford Gallery, Portland, OR
2017   The High Art of Hand Pulled Printmaking, Multnomah County Central Library, Portland, OR
2017   The McNay Print Fair, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2017    Los Angeles Fine Print Fair, Warnock Fine Arts, International Fine Print Dealers Association, Los Angeles, CA
2017    Portland Fine Print Fair, Warnock Fine Arts, Portland Art Musuem, Portland, OR
2016    Winter Group Show, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2016    Three Women in Abstract, Frederick Holmes & Co., Seattle, WA
2016    Introductions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX
2016    Print, Butters Gallery, Portland OR
2015    Fresh from the PNW, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2015    Art About Agriculture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2014    Swept Away, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2014    Artistic License, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2014    Wicked, Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, MA
2013    Debut Group Show, Frederick Holmes & Co., Seattle, WA
2013    Silver, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2013    Swept Away, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Denis, MA
2013    Conference Instructors Exhibition, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013    Terrain, Portland International Airport, Terminal B, Portland, OR
2013    Waxing Poetic: Five Oregon Encaustic Painters, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2012    Cross-Section Invitational, Six High Achieving PSU Alumni – MK Gallery, Portland, OR
2012    Terrain, Spoke Gallery, Medicine Wheel Productions, Boston, MA
2012    Conference Instructors, The School House Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012    Wax: Medium Meets Message, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
2010     22, Butters Anniversary Group Show, Portland, OR
2009    Summer Group Show, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2008    Red Dot Fair, New York, NY and Miami Beach, FL
2007    Red Dot Fair, Miami Beach, FL
2007    Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2007    Red Dot Fair, Park South Hotel, New York, NY
2007    Winter Group Show, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2006    Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Center, New York, NY
Saks Fifth Avenue National Collection
LPL Financial Services
Kodiak Venture Partners
Bullivant, Houser, Bailey PC
University of Oregon Collection
Regional Arts and Culture Council Portables Collection
City Center Parking
Oregon State University Collection
Ater Wynne LLP
Portland State University Collection
Boly Welch
2017    A Love Affair With Glaciers, An Interview with Elise Wagner, Artists & Climage Change Blog, Quebec, CA
2017    Climate Charts, Elise Wagner at Butters Gallery, Visual Art Source, Richard Speer, Los Angeles, CA
2017    Amalgamation, Elise Wagner at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, The Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX
2016    Encaustic Art of the 21st Century, Ann Lee & E. Ashley Rooney, Schiffer Publishing
2015    The Spaces Between, Catalogue, essay by Elise Wagner
2014    Swept Away, Exhibition Catalog, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2013    Swept Away, Exhibition Catalog, Essay - Joanne Mattera, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2013     Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic, Catherine Nash, Tucson, AZ
2013    The Painted Surface, Jean Pedersen, Northlight, Blue Ash, OH
2013    100 Artists of the Pacific Northwest, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA
2011     A Decade in Painting, Exhibition Catalog, Essay - Ron Bernier PhD, Wilkes University
2010    Art Ltd. Review, Richard Speer, Los Angeles, CA
2010    Encaustic Art: Creating Fine Art With Wax, Lissa Rankin, Random House, New York, NY
2009   Art in America Full-Page Advertisement, June-July Issue, New York, NY
2009   Portraits of Portland Magazine Feature, Portland, OR
2008   American Art Collector, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA
2008   Open Studios Press, Studio Visit Magazine, Boston, MA
2008   Embracing Encaustic, Womack, Linda, Hive Publishing, Portland, OR
2008   Cosmic Creativity, Libby, Brian, The Oregonian, Portland, OR
2008   Particle Maps, Walker, Stephanie, Exhibition Catalogue, Blurb Publishing
2007    Flying Below the Radar, Speer, Richard, , Willamette Week, Portland, OR
2006    This Bountiful Place,  Art About Agriculture: The Permanent Collection, OHS Press
2005    Artist Finds Kindred Spirits and Inspiration in North Portland, Anderson, Jennifer, Portland Tribune
2005    Speer, Richard, Willamette Week, Portland, OR
2003    Encaustic Comments, Smart, Paul, , Ulster Publishing Almanac, November
2003    Lucid Dreaming/Slow food for the Eyes, Wilton, Beth Elaine, Chronogram, Poughkeepsie, NY
2003    Marist Exhibit Validates Encaustic Process, Cassai, Mary, Daily Freeman, New Paltz, NY
2003    Creating Cosmic Images of Post 9/11 Hope, Row, D.K., The Oregonian
2001    Elise Wagner at Laura Russo Gallery, Boas, Pat, Artweek, July/August
2001    Alum Notes, Rumler, John, , PSU Magazine, Spring
2001    Portland Tour, Portland Tribune, May
2001    Mel Katz and Elise Wagner at Laura Russo Gallery, Hicks, Bob, The Oregonian, April
1999    Art Trek: The Next Generation, Row, D.K., The Oregonian
1998    The Degenerate Era, Gragg, Randy, The Oregonian
1998    333 Artist’s Future Hope Award, Gragg, Randy, The Oregonian
1998    All in the Name of Progress, Row, D.K., The Oregonian
1997    Life on Easel Street, Gragg, Randy, 333 October Show, The Oregonian 
2018    Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, New York, NY
2018    Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
2018    Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville, MD
2017    David A. Clark Studio, Palm Springs, CA
2015    Women's Studio Workshop, Rosedale, NY
2015    R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY
2015    Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts, Vancouver Island, BC
2015    The Encaustic Center, Dallas, TX
2015    Burning Bones Press, Houston, TX
2014    The Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ
2014    R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY
2014    Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
2013    Truro Center for the Art at Castle Hill, Truro, MA
2010    Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR
2007    Oregon College of Art & Craft Extension Program, Portland, OR
2009    Encaustic Collagraph Monotype, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford, OR
2009    Guest Instructor, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
2008    Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
2003    Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR
2002    Guest Instructor, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
1996     Elise Wagner Studio Workshops, Portland, OR 
2018     Juror, Beaverton ArtsMix, Beaverton, OR
2018     Juror, Vancouver Open Studios, Vancouver, Washington
2017     Lecture and Demonstration of Encaustic Collagraph Monoprinting, Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR
2017     Juror, Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR
2017     PDX-CSA: Art, Concept to Completion Program, Portland, OR
2016     Presenter, SGCI Conference: Flux Portland The Edge of Yesterday and Tomorrow, Portland, OR
2014     Interview, Art Focus KBOO FM, Portland
2013     Presenter and Instructor, 7th International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA
2012     Panelist, Igniting the Spark: Creativity in Our Practice, International Encaustic Conference,  Provincetown, MA
2011      Visiting Artist, Quantum + Creative Connections, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
2011      Prop placement for the television show Portlandia, IFC Network
2011      Panelist, Women’s Studies Conference Women in Popular Culture, Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA
2011      Juror, Portland Open Studios, Portland, OR
2011      Juror, Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards, Lake Oswego, OR
2010     Guest Artist, Encaustic Collagraph Monotype, Ink & Drink, Atelier Meridia, Portland, OR
2010     Television News Interview, KJRH NBC Tulsa, OK
2010     Guest Speaker, Portland State University Art & Social Practice, Portland, OR
2009    Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation Charity Art Auction, Sotheby's, New York, NY
2009    Eva Lake Studio Visit Video, Elise Wagner Studio, Portland, OR
2009    Art for Life Auction, Cascade Aids Project, Portland, OR
2007    Major Motion Picture Prop Placement, Boston, MA
2007    Art for Life Auction, Cascade Aids Project, Portland, OR
2006    Juror, Impulse: A National Encaustic Exhibition, Portland Art Center
2006    ArtStar Radio, Featured Guest Interview, KPSU, Portland, OR
2006    Art for Life Auction, Cascade Aids Project, Portland, OR
2005    PULSE Auction, Children’s Heart Foundation, Oregon Chapter Portland, OR
2005    Art for Life Auction, Cascade Aids Project, Portland, OR
2003    Prints for PICA, Portland, OR
2003    Metropolitan Learning Center, Portfolio Presentation Panelist Portland, OR
2002    Regional Arts and Culture Council Review Panelist, Portland, OR
2002    Oregon Arts Commission Public Art Selection Committee, Portland, OR
2001     Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, OR
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