As an artist, Stephen works in many media, including paint on glass, multi-media collage, and book-binding. Having studied art since the age of six, his art education includes workshops at the Witte Museum, Trinity University, and private study, all in San Antonio, TX. During his early years, Stephen showed his works in many venues, including juried shows, art fairs, coffeehouses, and galleries. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington in painting and graphic communication.
Stephen has exhibited and sold his artwork in galleries in London, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, San Diego, Seattle, New Orleans, Galveston, Palm Springs, and Kauai. His artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Riverside Art Museum and the Museum of the Living Artist, and in the corporate collections of Johnson & Johnson and Kaiser Permanente. His artwork has been featured in the film "Antwone Fisher" directed by Denzel Washington, and was featured on the set of the Bravo TV show "Boy Meets Boy."
Stephen C. Wagner is also an art educator and motivational speaker on Professional Development for Artists. He brings years of valuable and comprehensive experience to audiences of all ages with clear and concise recommendations, informative examples from real life, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm that is both inspiring and contagious. Stephen encourages artists to commit to their artwork and take the steps necessary to become more successful. His lectures offer artists insight to jump-start their artist career, obtain clear focus on their intention for their artwork, create a strategic plan for their artist career, compile an impressive artist packet, and master the business of art.
Stephen was the Program Development Coordinator for the San Diego Art Institute, has been a consultant for the San Diego Children's Museum, and was on the Board of Directors for Arteach in Palm Desert. To train teachers to incorporate art into their everyday curriculum, Stephen taught Aesthetic Education classes through the University of San Diego Division of Continuing Education. He has been a guest speaker for art organizations and colleges throughout southern California, and has taught workshops and classes at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA and the Society of Local Artists in Silicon Valley, CA. Stephen currently lectures through the San Francisco Artist Network at the North of Market Tenderloin Community Benefit District Center at 134 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco, CITY ART Cooperative Gallery in the Mission District of San Francisco, and Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland. (visit: www.SFArtistNetwork.org)
Stephen actively participates with the Artspan San Francisco Open Studios planning committees and received the first Artspan Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008. His many activities and interests have earned him inclusion in Who’s Who in America (2000), Who’s Who in the Midwest (1998), the Outstanding Young Men in America Award (1983). He was the author of "The Shopping Bag: Portable Art" (1986), and has donated a private collection to the Smithsonian Institute.