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Stephen R. Wagner is an internationally-published illustrator whose clients have included Time Life Books, The Washington Post and publishers such as McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin. He is currently illustrating educational projects for the National Geographic Society. He is a l5-year resident of Washington, Virginia. He is the designer of the Rappahannock County Seal.



  • 1966 Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA.


Selected Exhibitions

  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Hall of Gems, Minerals & Geology, Washington, D.C. (128 paintings in permanent exhibit, installed 1998).

  • Packing Shed Gallery, Washington, V A, 2000, "Turfand Surf," one-man show of oil paintings of the land and sea.

  • Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia, 2000, one-man educational show of illustrations and illustrative techniques.

  • Sycamore Hill House & Gardens, Washington, V A, 1987-present.

  • Gallery "0," Alexandria, V A, 1999-present.

  • Illustrators Club, Washington, Maryland and Virginia, 1987-1998.

  • Rappahannock County Library, 1999.

  • Middle Street Gallery, Washington, V A, several years.

  • Rare Finds, Washington, Virginia.

  • Talk of the Town, Washington, VA.


Grants & Awards

  • 1998, Award of Excellence, Best of Category, The Illustrators Club of Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

  • 1996, two Awards of Excellence, The Visual Club, New York, New York.

  • 1995, winner, Artist's Magazine competition.

  • 1987, Design Excellence, Print Magazine.

  • 1987, two Awards of Excellence, The Illustrators Club.

  • 1986, winner, The Illustrators Club Annual Competition.


Artist's Statement

"Most of my oil paintings feature wildlife, nature, the beauty of Rappahannock County, and frequently reflect my love of the ocean and other bodies of water. Birds and animals, both domestic and not, are often included. My whimsical and personal illustrations tend to include food, another part of the natural world that brings humanity together. Basically I just want to paint lovely pictures of beautiful things."



Stephen R. Wagner

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