“Catherine Wagner (American, b.1953) is best known for her photographs observing the built environment as a metaphor for cultural identities, and her series concerned with architectural spaces. In 1971, she attended the San Francisco Art Institute in California and the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA. Later, she received her BA (1975) and MA (1977) from the San Francisco State University, CA.
Wagner received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1981 and 1990. In 1987, she received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her works can be seen in major collections around the world, including those at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition, she has also published several monographs, such as American Classroom, Art & Science, Investigating Matter, and Cross Sections. Wagner has been teaching at Mills College in Oakland, CA, since 1979.”