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Elise Wagner

elise wagnerElise Wagner is a 2015-2016 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. She studied Painting and Printmaking at Portland State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. For several years, Wagner has been working as a painter, printmaker, paint maker and teacher.

With a penchant to push the boundaries of mediums, Wagner pioneered the encaustic collagraph monotype technique. This specialized technique, using her hand-formulated Wagner Encaustics Collagraph White paint, was first published in the 2010 book, Encaustic: The Complete Guide to Making Fine Art with Wax and has since grown in popularity.

Wagner has been teaching Encaustic Collagraph monotype in her Portland, Oregon studio since 1996. Recently, she taught at Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, The Printmaking Center of New Jersey and Burning Bones Press, Houston. This summer, Wagner will bring Encaustic Collagraph Monotype to Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York as well as Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts on Vancouver Island.

Most recently, Wagner curated and wrote a catalog essay for the group exhibition The Spaces Between at Butters Gallery in Portland. Her work is among private and corporate collections throughout the United States. In 2014, her work was published in 100 Artists of the Northwest. Wagner exhibits her work at galleries in Boston, Washington D.C., Portland, Oregon and Seattle where her next solo exhibition is this June at Frederick Holmes and Company.

EDUCATION

1995 Bachelor of Science, Painting + Printmaking, Portland State University, Portland, OR

AWARDS

2015 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2014 Nominee, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland, Art Museum
2013 Regional Arts & Culture Council Professional Development Grant
2012 Honorable Mention, Cascade Aids Project Art for Life Auction
2011 Nominee, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum
2010 Oregon Arts Commission, Career Opportunity Grant
2008 Oregon Arts Commission, Percent for Art Project, Portland State University Smith Center
2008 Best in Show, Pacific Northwest Art Annual, Oregon Cultural Trust
2006 University Honda Award, Art About Agriculture
2004 Sue Lynn Thomas Juror’s Honor Award, Art About Agriculture, Oregon State University
2003 Finalist, Regional Arts & Culture Council Public Art Commission
2001 Vermont Studio Center Residency
2001 Regional Arts & Culture Council Technical Assistance Grant

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONSE

2015 What Remains, Frederick Holmes & Company, 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 Elise Wagner: 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 New Encaustic Paintings, 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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Fresh from the PNW, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 This Everlasting Valley, OSU Art About Agriculture, Nehalem Art Center, Newberg, OR
2015 The Spaces Between, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2014 Rational/Irrational, Frederick Holmes & Company, Seattle, WA
2014 Fire & Water, Contrasts in Expression, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR
2014 Swept Away, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton NJ
2014 Wicked, Fountain Street Studios, Framingham, MA
2014 New Arrivals, Frederick Holmes & Co., Seattle, WA
2013 Infused, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 Silver, Butters Gallery 25 Year Anniversary Show, Portland, OR
2013 Organic, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2013 Conference Instructors, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 Terrain, Terminal B, Portland International Airport, Portland, OR
2013 Waxing Poetic: Five Oregon Encaustic Painters, Oregon State University, Memorial Union Gallery, Corvallis, OR
2012 Sitka Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, 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
2011 Not Just Wax, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 Sitka Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
2010 22, Butters Anniversary Group Show, Portland, OR
2008 Red Dot Fair, Miami Beach, FL
2008 Sitka Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
2008 Red Dot Fair, New York, NY
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
2006 This Bountiful Place, Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR
2006 Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Center, New York, NY

COLLECTIONS

Saks Fifth Avenue National Collection, LPL Financial Services, Kodiak Venture Partners, Bullivant, Houser, Bailey PC
University of Oregon Permanent Collection, Regional Arts and Culture Council Portables Collection
City Center Parking, Oregon State University Permanent Collection, Ater Wynne LLP, Portland State University Permanent Collection, Boly Welch

REVIEWS + PUBLICATIONS

2015 Wagner, Elise, The Spaces Between, Catalog Essay, MagCloud
2014 Speer, Richard, Uncharted Territories, Review, Visual Art Source, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Swept Away, Exhibition Catalogue, Curator Forward by Michael A. Giaquinto, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2013 Swept Away, Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Joanne Materra Cape Code Museum of Art, Dennis MA
2013 Nash, Catherine, Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper & Encaustic, Tucson, AZ
2013 Pederson, Jean The Painted Surface, Northlight Books, Blue Ash, OH
2013 100 Artists of the Pacific Northwest, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA
2011 Lecture: Layers of Discovery- Strata of Memory: The Art of Elise Wagner, Ronald Bernier, Ph.D., WIT, Boston
2011 Lecture: The Creator and the Observer – The Dual Roles of Artist and Scientist, James O’Brien, Ph.D., WIT Boston
2010 Speer, Richard, Review, Art Ltd., Los Angeles, CA
2010 Rankin, Lissa Encaustic Art: Creating Fine Art With Wax, Random House, New York, NY
2009 Chase Gallery, 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 Womack, Linda and William, Embracing Encaustic, Hive Publishing, Portland, OR
2008 Libby, Brian Cosmic Creativity, The Oregonian, Portland, OR
2008 Walker, Stephanie Particle Maps, Exhibition Catalogue, Blurb Publishing
2007 Speer, Richard Flying Below the Radar, Willamette Week, Portland, OR
2006 This Bountiful Place, Art About Agriculture: The Permanent Collection, OHS Press
2005 Anderson, Jennifer, Portland Tribune, Artist Finds Kindred Spirits and Inspiration in NoPo
2005 Speer, Richard, Willamette Week, Portland, OR
2003 Smart, Paul, Encaustic Comments, Ulster Publishing Almanac, November
2003 Wilton, Beth Elaine, Lucid Dreaming/Slow food for the Eyes, Chronogram, Poughkeepsie, NY
2003 Cassai, Mary, Marist Exhibit Validates Encaustic Process, Daily Freeman, New Paltz, NY
2003 Row, D.K., Creating Cosmic Images of Post 9/11 Hope, The Oregonian

TEACHING

2015 R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY
2015 Womens Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
2015 Metchosin International Summer School, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
2015 The Encaustic Center, Dallas, TX
2015 Burning Bones Press, Houston, TX
2014 Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR
2014 Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
2014 The Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ
2014 R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY
2013 Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA
2010 Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR
2005-2010 Oregon College of Art & Craft Portland, OR
2009 Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford, OR
2008 Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
2000-2004 Portland Community College Workshop Instructor, Portland, OR
2003 Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR
1996 – present Elise Wagner Studio, Portland, OR

CURATING + PUBLIC RELATIONS

2015 Curator, The Spaces Between, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2014 Art Focus Radio Interview, KBOO Community Radio, Portland, OR
2014 Featured Artist & Panelist, Fire & Water: Contrasts in Expression, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR
2013 Presenter, Collagraph Mania, 7th International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA
2012 Panelist, Igniting the Spark: Creativity in Our Practice, 6th Int’l 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 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
2008 Curator, 333 Open Studios, Portland, OR
2007 Major Motion Picture Prop Placement, Boston, MA
2006 Juror, “Impulse: A National Encaustic Exhibition”, Portland Art Center, Portland, OR
2005 Art for Life Auction, Cascade Aids Project, Portland, OR2003 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 Public Broadcasting, “Oregon Art Beat” Artist Segment Portland, OR