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David J. Wagner

David J. Wagner, American art center director. Winterthur Summer Insurance scholar, 1979, Victorian Society scholar, 1981, Institute European Studies scholar, 1982; University Minnesota fellow, 1987, 90; postdoctoral fellow Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation, 1994.


  • Wagner, David J. was born on March 4, 1952 in Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States. Son of Walter W. and Elsie G. (Zillner) Wagner.

  • Education

    • BMA, University Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 1974. Master of Arts, Indiana University, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, University Minnesota, 1992.


    • Graduate assistant University Museum, Bloomington, Indiana, 1975-1976. Intern Children's Museum, Indianapolis, 1976. Director Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1977-1987.

      Executive director Colorado Springs (Colorado) Fine Arts Center, since 1987. Scholar-in-residence Sitka Center Art and Ecology, Newskowin Foundation, Otis, Oregon, 1990. Member advisory board National Park Art Academy, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1988-1990.

      Associate board National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis. Board directors Arts Commission Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Springs. Member advisory committee University Colorado, Colorado Springs, since 1987.


    • Wildlife Art News : The International Magazine of Wildlife Art November December 1989
    • Feature articles include: Renson: His Style is his Signature; Johnson: Through the Eyes of an Artist - John Loren Head; Sleeper: Wildlife in the Far Side; Davis: Lanford Monroe: Landscapes of the Imagination; McIntosh: Along the Wilderness Trail - Nightingale in Red; Mentzer: Don Kloetzke - Torn Between Two Worlds; Swanson: The True Pioneers in Bird Illustration; Johnson: Buyer's Guide to the New International Dusk Stamp Issues, Hakala: National Audubon Society and Philip Galatas, Don Pentz and Ron Kingswood in Artist Vignettes.
    • Nature in Art: A Celebration of 300 Years of Wildlife Paintings
    • Recognizing a growing interest in the portrayal of nature in art, especially in the light of the increasing numbers of rare and endangered species, The Society for Wildlife Art of the Nations (SWAN) was set up to fill what was seen as a gap in international art collections.


    Chairman non-profit organization committee United Way, Wausau, 1981, 84. Board directors Wisconsin Citizens for the Arts, Madison, 1984-1986. Negotiator Budapest Museum Old Masters American Tour, 1986, Birds in Art China Exhibition Tour, 1987.

    Board directors Wisconsin Humanities Committee, Madison, 1984-1987. Treasurer Persons for Arts and Sciences, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1991-1992. Member American Association Museum, American Studies Association, Association Art Museum Directors.



    Travel, skiing, tennis.


    • Married Kaye M. Kronenburg, June 21, 1975.
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    Born March 4, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1974
      University Wisconsin
    • 1976
      Indiana University
    • 1992
      University Minnesota
    • 1975 - 1976
      Graduate assistant, University Museum
      Bloomington, Illinois, United States
    • 1976
      intern, Children's Museum
      Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
    • 1977 - 1987
      director, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
      Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1987
      executive, director Colorado Springs (Colorado) Fine Arts Center
    • 1990
      scholar, -in-residence Sitka Center Art and Ecology
      Otis, Oregon, United States