Wagner, Shirley  Biography Jewelry

Wagner, Shirley Biography Jewelry

Shirley Wagner graduated with a fine art degree from Youngstown University in Ohio. Her favorite art class was sculpture where she developed a love of form and structure. For nearly three decades she has been fabricating wall assemblages in her Tucson, Arizona studio. Her early work in wood was inspired by the art of American artist, Louise Nevelson.

In the last year, she has moved her focus from wall sculpture to self-standing, three-dimensional figurative sculptures. Continuing her ongoing dialogue with form and structure, she now entertains a new narrative revolving around human emotion.

Her work has been widely shown in Arizona including Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art, Tempe Center for the Arts, University Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Pima County Arts Council, the Drawing Studio, and Shemer Art Gallery. Her work can be found in both private and public collections throughout the United States and is in the permanent collection of the Honors College University of Arizona. During her career Shirley has been nominated for the Governor’s Art Award, recognizing her contribution to the arts in Arizona. She is represented by Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.

Artist Statement

"With the push and pull of abstracted metal forms, I address contemporary issues including ageism, identity, mortality, wellness and mental health. This dialogue is based on the human condition, a universal theme about human experiences and concerns. It interfaces with my own journey as a mature female artist. Relying on the human form and its ability for meaningful gesture, a narrative unfolds that speaks to the humanity in all of us.”

  • BFA Studio Art
  • Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio
  • 2014 Copenhagen Chair-ity for Habitat for Humanity, Tucson, AZ
  • 2013 Panelist Tucson Pima Art Council (public art) Pantano Wash Project
  • 2012 Tempe Center for the Arts: Panelist Wood Biennial
  • 2009 Tucson Revivalist Art Board member
  • 2006 Nominated for The Governor's Art Award in Arizona
  • University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
  • Flowers, Rieger and Associates Tucson, AZ
  • 2018 Tucson Sculpture Festival, Copenhagen, Tucson, AZ
  • 2017 University Arizona School of Architecture Sustainable Beauty Installation Tucson, Arizona
  • 2016 University of Arizona Museum of Art, Head to Toe Invitational 11/16
  • 2016 The Dana Foundation UofA Phoenix Medical School Phoenix, Arizona solo
  • 2016 Flight Tubac Center for the Arts Tubac, Arizona group
  • 2015 Art on Tap Tucson Museum of Art Tucson, Arizona group
  • 2015 Metal Arts Village Invitational Tucson, Arizona group
  • 2015 Surrealismo Raices Taller Tucson, Arizona group
  • 2015 Surrealismo, Raices Taller, Tucson, Arizona group
  • 2015 Women, Women, Women, Raices Taller, Tucson, Arizona group
  • 2015 Fibula, Traveling Invitational, Sofia, Baltchik, & Plovdiv, Bulgaria group
  • 2015 Crumpled, Dented and Crushed, Herberger Theater, Phoenix, AZ group
  • 2014 Art of Planetary Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ group
  • 2014 Upcycled Art Happening Pop Up 3 Tucson, AZ group
  • 2013 Art Happening Popup2 Tucson, AZ group
  • 2013 Invitational Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe, AZ group
  • 2013 Tohono Chul Gallery Small Works Tucson, AZ group
  • 2013 Phoenix Center for the Arts, Meditations Phoenix, AZ group
  • 2013 Art Happening Pop Up1 Tucson, AZ group
  • 2012 TCA Biennial: Wood Tempe Center for the Arts: Tempe, AZ group
  • 2012 Retrospect Jewish Community Center, Fine Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ solo
  • 2012 Tucson Museum Art, Tucson, AZ group
  • 2012 Small Works Show Contemporary Society Art, Tucson, AZ group
  • 2011 A Meeting of Mediums Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ solo
  • 2010 Sculpture Resource Center, Tucson, AZ group
  • 2010 Female Art Show University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ group
  • 2009 Arts Marketplace Tucson, AZ group
  • 2009 Edges Tubac Center for the Arts National Juried Show, Tubac, AZ group
  • 2008 Tubac Center for the Arts Annual Juried Members Show Tubac, AZ group
  • 2008 Art in Civic Spaces Goodyear City Hall Goodyear, AZ group
  • 2009 Beneath the Bark Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler, AZ group
  • 2013 Professional Artist Magazine Featured Artist
  • 2012 Designer Art Connection
  • 2010 Luxe Magazine: Featured Artist
  • 2009 Tucson Lifestyle