Hillary Wagner is an artist currently based in rural Appalachian Ohio where her family once farmed for generations. Primarily grounded in sculpture and installation, Wagner’s multidisciplinary practice also incorporates sound, drawing, writing, collage, performance, video, and photography. Driven by a strong relationship to materiality, her work confronts questions of origin and place, memory and labor, and stewardship and nurture, as she investigates how each of these concerns intersect with feelings of alienation and displacement.
Wagner holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and BA in Fine Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. In 2017, she initiated the ongoing socially engaged project SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing in collaboration with artist Francesca Fiore.
Wagner was an invited speaker at the Queen’s Museum’s 2018 Open Engagement Conference and Project Anywhere’s 2018 Anywhere and Elsewhere Conference at The New School. She was interviewed by the Bad at Sports Podcast in Episode 639: Art and Ecology. Wagner has served as a visiting artist at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and as visiting artist and adjunct faculty at Northern Kentucky University in Digital Media and Art Appreciation. She is a founding member of the art collective Bird Closet and oversaw their 2018 solo, self-titled exhibition at Schnormeier Gallery in Mount Vernon, OH. Her work was selected for Project Anywhere’s 2018 global peer-reviewed online exhibition and she has been featured in publications such as Penmarks Annual Literary Journal and Plough Quarterly.
SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing