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Virginia Wagner

Virginia Wagner

Virginia is a visual artist living in Brooklyn, New York.

She was born in Berkeley California and grew up in Connecticut, trailing her entomologist father with a butterfly net in one hand and a sketchbook in the other. Not much has changed. Two decades later, she found herself trudging through the Amazon basin after a team of scientists, working as a scientific illustrator.

She studied at Oberlin College, where she received the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to Yale’s Norfolk Summer School of Art. She received her MFA from MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting in Baltimore in 2011. After graduating, she spent time in Berlin where she researched German folklore and joined the Agora Collective. Upon moving back to Brooklyn, she has worked as a studio assistant for Julie Heffernan, Adam Helms and Wangechi Mutu.

2011 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
Master of Fine Arts, Hoffberger School of Painting
Certificate in the College Teaching of Art
2008 Oberlin College, Oberlin OH
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing
2007 Studio Art Centers International, Florence Italy
Semester program

2011 Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson VT
2011 Member, AGORA Art Collective, Berlin Germany
2011 Sidney Lake Award for Student Leadership, MICA, Baltimore MD
2009-2011 MICA Hoffberger Scholarship, Baltimore MD
2008 Fulbright Scholarship finalist, Berlin Germany
2008 School of Visual Arts Summer Residency in Painting, Chelsea NY
2006 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to Norfolk Summer School of Music and
Art, Yale University, Norfolk CT
2003 Eastern CT Celebration of Young Artists Competition, Best in Show

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