b. San Francisco, CA 1953

Catherine Wagner works with elements of contemporary society and transforms them into conceptual images that investigate culture. For over thirty years, her interest in the built environment such as schools (American Classroom, 1983-1987), theme parks (Disney’s Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance, 1995), convention centers (Louisiana World Exposition, 1984), and other institutions of learning and culture has informed her investigation of what art critic David Bonetti calls, “the systems people create, our love of order, our ambition to shape the world, the value we place on knowledge, and the tokens we display to express ourselves.” Thus, Wagner’s process helps us to understand the ways we construct our cultural identity.

With her early photographic works such as Early California Landscapes (1972-1979), Wagner observes the rapid development of California in the mid-seventies. With her fascination and knowledge embedded in urban and architectural environments, her works are in conversation with those of the New Topographers rather than the photographers of the American West such as Ansel Adams, Carleton Watkins, and Timothy H. O’Sullivan.

In addition to her studio work, Wagner has also created large-scale, site-specific public art pieces for the city of San Francisco, the UCSF Medical School, and most recently for the city of Los Angeles. Her public artwork combines the theoretical rigor of her studio practice with an awareness of of the specifics and history of each site.

Wagner currently resides in San Francisco, California and is an active international artist.

Education

1977-1981 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)

Teaching

1995- Professor of Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA
2007 Visiting Professor of Art, California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA
Visiting Professor of Art, University of California Los Angeles, Graduate Art Program, Los Angeles, CA
2004-'06 Chair, Art Department, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1992-'94 Chair, Art Department, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1979-'94 Associate Professor of Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2017 In Situ: Traces of Morandi, Museo Morandi, Bologna, Italy
2015 Rome Works, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 trans/literate, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA
trans/literate, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 Reparations, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
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
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 12 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
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 Realism and Illusion: Catherine Wagner Photographs the Disney Theme Parks, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA
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
Catherine Wagner Photographs: Investigating Matter, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Art & Science: Investigating Matter and American Classroom, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, MO
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)
Home and Other Stories, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
1993 Home and Other Stories, Mills College, Oakland, CA; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
American Classroom: Photographs by Catherine Wagner, University Gallery Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA
1991 American Classrooms: The Photographs of Catherine Wagner, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Catherine Wagner, Selections, Turner/Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1990 American Classroom: The Photographs of Catherine Wagner, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
1989 American Classroom: The Photographs of Catherine Wagner, The Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, CA
1989 Photographs 1978-1988, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 Catherine Wagner: Photographs from the American Classroom Project and the George Moscone Site, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
1988 Changing Places, Photographs by Catherine Wagner, Farish School of Architecture, Rice University, Houston, TX (catalog)
1988 American Classroom, The Photographs of Catherine Wagner, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (publication)
1987 Catherine Wagner, 1976-1986, Min Gallery, Tokyo, Japan ( catalog)
1985 Oakland Museum – Oakes Gallery, Oakland, CA (brochure)
1983 New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
1982 Equivalents Gallery, Seattle, WA
1982 Simon Lowinsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1980 Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
1978 Simon Lowinsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions

2016 Missing Persons, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, CA
2013 Art on Paper, Datz Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
Tradition of Mayhem, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
2012 Yale University Art Gallery Re-Opening, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Recent Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art and Media, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Silver Curtain, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 The Altered Landscape, The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Polaroid [Im]possible, WestLicht – Museum of Photography, Vienna, Austria
HERE, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, C A
2010 Know the Rules – Then Break Them, di Rosa, Napa, CA
The Gallery of California Art, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, May, (3 Scrolls)
State of Mind: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, Feb-June
Masterworks of American Photography: Popular Culture, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Real and HyperReal, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
The View From Here, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
State of Mind, A California Invitational, MOPA, San Diego, CA
2009 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area Part One: San Francisco Plays Itself, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
2008 Selections from the Collection, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
New Work: Photography and Sculpture, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 CCA Alumni & Faculty Show, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Home Sweet Home, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A Decade of Collecting Works on Paper, The Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
Bios 4, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC ), Seville, Spain
Take 2: Women Revisiting Art History, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
2006 The Target Collection of American Photography: A Century in Pictures, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Middle Ground: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Wallarch Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
2005 150 Works of Art, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Worth a Thousand Words: The Book as Image, University Library Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA
The Altered Landscape, National Academies of Science, Washington D.C.
New Work: Squeak Carnwath, Mildred Howard, Catherine Wagner, di Rosa, Preserve Gatehouse Gallery, Napa, CA
AxS: At the Intersection of Art and Science, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Recent Acquisitions, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Selections from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (catalog)
Boxed Sets: Portfolios of the Seventies, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Tree, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA
2004 Kurzdavordanach, SK Stiftungkultur, Koln, Germany
Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Ditto: Multiples from the Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
The Altered Landscape, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
What’s Doin,’ Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Visions of Passage, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
The Altered Landscape, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2003 How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Public Record, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Altered Landscape, Norsk Museum of Fotografi Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway
The Altered Landscape, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
2002 Constructing the 1930s, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Parallels And Intersections: Art/Women/California 1950 – 2000, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
National Millennium Survey, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
New Acquisitions/New Work/New Directions 3, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Altered Landscape, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand
2001 A Love Affair with Pictures: 25 Years of Collecting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
Depicting Absence/Implying Presence, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA
Architecture in Photography, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
The Altered Landscape, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2000 Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Foreign Bodies, Untitled (Space) 13, New Haven, CT
Paradise Now: Creating the Genetic Revolution, Exit Art, New York, NY
American Perspectives: Photographs from the Polaroid Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Our Quarter Century: The University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography Turns Twenty-Five, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Into Our Prime: Acquisitions Since 1996, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Neural Notations, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Noise, The Wellcome Trust's Two10 Gallery, London, England (catalog); Kettle's Yard, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (catalog)
1999 Historically Speaking, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Body as Commodity, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
Outside the Box: Photography Portfolios from the Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Museum Pieces: Bay Area Artists Envisioning the de Young, de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA (brochure)
The Altered Landscape, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Bay Area Now, II, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
Into the Next Century: Selections from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (catalog)
1998 Home Sweet Home, Transamerica Pyramid Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Inside These Walls, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
American Vernacular, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Interface: Art & Tech in the Bay Area, Duke Univ. Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Prime Focus, University Galleries, Normal, IL
1997 Absolute Landscape: Between Illusion and Reality, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Scientia Artifex, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
1995 Assembled Photographs, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Selections From the Permanent Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Landscape: A Concept, Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
1994 Family Lives, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
Old Glory, New Story, Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Discards, Secession Gallery at Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Shrines, Symbols & Cherished Objects, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
1992 Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures VI, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Passages, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Acquisitions/New Work/New Directions, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
To Collect the Art of Women: The Jane Reese Williams Collection of Photography, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM (catalog)
1991 Past / Present: Photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Upper Jones Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
SITE WORK: Architecture in Photography since Early Modernism, The Photographers' Gallery, London, England
Silent Interiors, Security Pacific Gallery, Seattle, WA (catalog)
California Cityscapes, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (catalog)
1990 Natural History Recreated, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
Perspectives on Place: Attitudes Toward the Built Environment, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
1989 Picturing California, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (catalog)
Theme and Variations: The Photographic Still Life, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1988 Cross Currents/Cross Country, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, CA; The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA (catalog)
Evocative Presence: Twentieth-Century Photographs in the Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (catalog)
1987 A Look at Photography Books of 1987, International Center for Photography, New York, NY
New American Photography, Fogg Art Museum Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA
1986 Midtown Review: A Look at Photography Books of 1986, International Center of Photography/Midtown, New York, NY (Publication: San Francisco Observed)
Bay Area Biennial, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (catalogue)
Mills College Faculty Retrospective, Mills College, Oakland, CA (catalog)
New American Photography, Min Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (catalog)
1985 20 x 24 Polaroid Exhibition, Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA
Photography from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Settings – The Civic Center Project, A.P. Giannini Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco, CA
La Photographie Creative, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
1983 California Sharp School, facets of the collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Landscape Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA
University Memorial Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (two-person exhibition)
1982 Slices of Time – California Landscape, 1860-1880, 1960-1980, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (catalog)
1981 University of California at Santa Cruz (two-person exhibition with Gail Skoff)
Landscape Photography, 1850-1980, Sacramento, CA (catalog)
1980 Faculty Exhibition, Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
Contemporary California Photography, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
1978 Memorial Union Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA (two-person exhibit with brochure)
Equivalents Gallery, Seattle, WA (two-person exhibition with Walker Evans)
Cityscapes, Downtown Center Invitational Group Show, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
1977 Atholl McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Bibliography – Monographs

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.

Bibliography – Publications

2014 Photograph Reproduced, Utopia, Blind Spot 47, Vik Muniz and Barney Kulok, April.
Multiple Exhibition Reproductions, Cinque Mostre, Cinque Mostre: Time & Again, Posa Edizioni, Feb.
2013 Photographic Series and Interview, Catherine Wagner, Magazine Gitz
San Francisco: Civic Art and Urban Change, Susan Wels, pg. 117
2012 Introduction, 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.
2009 Photographs Reproduced, Portrait Wall, Blind Spot, Issue 39.
2008 Profile, California Home + Design, Dorka Keehn, “Frame of Reference”. June. Pg 135
Profile, Bay Area News Group Sunday A&E, “The arts of motherhood”, May 11th.
Preview, Flavorpill, Ashley Tibbits, “A Narrative History of the Light Bulb”, March
Photograph Reproduced, The New York Times Style Magazine, Alice Rawsthorn, “Lights Out: An Ode to the dimming incandescent bulb.” Design & Living Spring. Pg 52.
2007 Profile, Mills Quarterly, Glen Helfand, “Illuminating Culture”, Fall. Pg 14-15.
2006 Photograph Reproduced, Diagnosis [Art]: Contemporary Art Reflecting Medicine, pg. 139
Photograph Reproduced, Exploring the Bancroft Library, pg. 80
Photograph Reproduced, Exposure, Spring 2006, pg. 1, pg. 51.
Photograph Reproduced, New York Times Magazine, January 15. pg. 18.
2005 de Jesus, Melinda, Pinay Power: Feminist Critical Theory, Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience, pg. 302-303
“Object Lessons,” Mickey Rapkin, New York Times Style Magazine, Fall, p. 48.
“San Francisco’s New Heights,” Lynne Yaeger, Travel and Leisure, September, p. 204.
“Sitting or Standing, an Ovation,” Zahid Sardar, San Francisco Chronicle, November 12.
Photograph Reproduced, New York Times Magazine, Nov. 27, pg. 19
Re-Classifying History: Catherine Wagner, de Young Museum (museum brochure)
Crist, Steve, The Polaroid Book: Selections from the Polaroid Collection of Photography, Taschen, p.241
2004 Kurzdavordanach: Gegenwart als Zwischenraum, Revolver & Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Koln, Germany
Susan Anker, Dorothy Nelkin, The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, pg 145-146, 175, 179
Selections: The San Jose Museum of Art Permanent Collection (catalog)
Art & Biotechnologies (CD-Rom), Groupe de Recherche en Arts Médiatiques (GRAM), Université du Québec à Montreal (Anthology)
Camera Arts, “Curators as Collectors: Notes on Recent Museum Acquisitions and Gifts,” by Erin O’Toole, August/September 2004, pages 30-35.
SEED, Portfolio, “Cross Sections,” Summer 2004, pages 70-79.
San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, “Time Passages: Artists Catherine Wagner and Loretta Gargan’s Changing World,” by Zahid Sardar, February 15, pages 20-25.
Trilogy: Reflections on Frankenstein, the Arctic Circle, and the History of Science, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
2003 How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era, International Center of Photography (catalog)
Epicenter: San Francisco Bay Area Art Now, by Mark Johnstone and Leslie Aboud Holzman
SEED, Portfolio, “-86 Degree Freezers,” Jan/Feb 2003, pages 74-83.
2002 Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001, by Sylvia Wolf and Andy Grundberg
Trajekte, “Catherine Wagner’s Laboratories,” Nr. 4 April 2002
2001 Calendar live, “A Master’s Long Shadow,” August 26, 2001
2000 Paris Photo, "Catherine Wagner: Cross-Sections + Annotations," Issue 10.
Blind Spot, "Catherine Wagner: Cross-Sections + Annotations," Issue 15.
Limn, "Catherine Wagner: Miracles and Madness," Issue 5, Page 15.
Noise, The Welcome Trust's Two10 Gallery, London, England. (catalog)
2000 Noise, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, England. (catalog)
Foreign Bodies, Untitled (Space) 13, New Haven, CT. (catalog)
Wired Magazine, Heather Sparks, “The Essential James Watson,” issue 8.09
1999 The Altered Landscape, Peter E. Pool, University of Nevada Press,
Bay Area Now 2, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. (catalog)
Museum Pieces, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. (brochure)
Into the Next Century, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. (catalog)
Phenotypology, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY. (brochure)
1997 The New Yorker, photograph, May 19, page 28.
The Village Voice, Critics Choice, photograph, April 1, page 13.
1996 SEE: A Journal of Visual Culture, Issue 2:2, pages 32-41.
Zyzzyva, Vol. XII, No. 2, pages 74-79.
1995 Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA. (catalog)
1994 Family Lives, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Kunst in Frankfurt, "Ein Dialog Europa-Amerika," Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany.
1993 House & Garden, "Portraits Without People," June, page 52.
Los Angeles Times Magazine, "Interiors," May 23, page 18.
1992 To Collect the Art of Women: The Jane Reese Williams Collection of Photography, Essay by Eugenia Parry Janis, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM.
1991 California Cityscapes, Mary Stofflet, Curator, Essay by James A. Clapp, San Diego, CA.
SITE WORK: Architecture in Photography since Early Modernism, by Martin Caiger-Smith, The Photographers' Gallery, London, England.
The Science of Words, George A. Miller, Scientific American Library, New York, NY, page 3.
1990 Changing Places: Photographs by Catherine Wagner, Farish Gallery Rice University (catalog)
Metropolis, Richard Gehr "Insights & Reviews," May, page 35.
The New Yorker, "Goings On About Town," April 16, page 19.
Details, "I Left My Art in San Francisco," April, pages 149-153.
1989 SF Magazine, Vicki Bates "Catherine Wagner: Photographing the Construction Site as Art Object,"
Harpers Magazine, "Who Needs the Great Work?," September, pages 47-51.
The Sciences, "The Stage is Set – Photographs by Catherine Wagner," July/August, pages 30-33.
Metropolitan Home, Andy Grundberg "The New Hot Shots," July.
1988 Connecting Conversations, Edited by Moira Roth "Interviews with 28 Bay Area Women Artists," Eucalyptus Press.
1987 Aperture, "Technology and Transformation," No. 106.
Athletes, Ruth Silverman, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.
1986 Zyzzyva Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 3.
Bay Area Biennial, Newport Harbor Art Museum. (catalog)
Mills College Faculty Retrospective, Mills College, Oakland, CA. (catalog)
New American Photography, Min Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. (catalog)
San Francisco Observed, Chronicle Books.
1985 The American Classroom, essays by Therese Heyman and Lewis Baltz, Oakland Museum, CA. (brochure)
1983 Picture Magazine, No. 20.
1982 Slices of time, Oakland Museum, CA. (brochure)
1981 Archetype, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. (brochure)
1980 Large Spaces in Small Places, "Survey of Western Landscape Photography 1850-1980," Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. (catalog)
1979 35mm Photography, Winter.
Picture Magazine, No. 11.
Latent Image, No. 2.
Latent Image, No. 3.
1978 New West Magazine, Peter Plagens and Carol Field "Eye The Collector," Nov. 6.
Untitled, essay by Marla Katz Westover, Guest Curator, University of California, Davis, CA. (brochure)
Untitled, essay by Jack Welpott, The Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA, No. 14.
Contemporary California Photography, Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, CA. (catalog)
Arts Contemporary, essay by Hal Fisher "Contemporary Bay Area Photography," LaMamelle, exhibition page.
1977 College of Marin Times, interview.
Pacific Sun, exhibition page.

Public Collections

Bancroft Library Pictorial Collection, University of California, Berkeley
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
Hewlett 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
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts
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
Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA
Progressive Corporation
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, CA
Sprint Corporation
Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, CA
Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Walker Art Center, MN
Whitney Museum of Art, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, CT

Awards and Honors

2013-'14 Fellowship, The Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
2007-'09 Artist-in-Residence, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
2007 Award, Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue
2005 Faculty Research Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA
2002 Joan and Robert Danforth Distinguished Professorship in the Arts, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1998 Visual Arts Fellowship, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
1997 Visual Arts Fellowship, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
1995 Visual Arts Fellowship, Aaron Siskind Foundation
1995 Fellowship for Art & Science Project, Research Corporation
1994 Cypress Award, Center for Photographic Arts
1994 Visiting Artist Fellowship, Art and Science Project, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1994 Faculty Research Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1993 Faculty Research Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1990/91 Visual Artist Fellowship in Photography, National Endowment for the Arts
1987 Visual Arts Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
1985 Faculty Research Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1984 Ferguson Grant, Friends of Photography
1983 Faculty Research Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1983 Mellon Foundation Grant
1982 Faculty Research Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1981 Mellon Foundation Grant
1981 Visual Artist Fellowship in Photography, National Endowment for the Arts
1980 Faculty Research Grant, Mills College, Oakland, CA