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 relief. For nearly two decades she has been fabricating sculptures and assemblages. Her work has been influenced by the the combines of Robert Rauschenberg, the cabinets of curiosity by Joseph Cornell and the assemblage of Louise Nevelson.
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 she 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.