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Shirley Wagner

"In the same studio where I build sculptures, I now construct contemporary jewelry. I have altered the scale of this work so it relates to the human body."

In her jewelry, Shirley Wagner continues a lifelong interest in texture and relief. She brings parts and pieces together to build form. To do this, she relies on the inherent character and subtle nuances of the found object.

Found materials such as repurposed wood and recycled metal have always been the mainstay of Shirley Wagner's work. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary jewelry, she has introduced unusual and unexpected materials to this mix. She relies on layering of materials to build form. She then forges a handmade bail of stainless steel or brass and engraves her signature on the back.

Shirley Wagner graduated with a fine art degree from Youngstown University in Ohio. Her work has been widely shown in Arizona, including at the Mesa Museum of Art and Tucson Museum of Art. She has also been nominated for the Governor's Art Award, recognizing her contributions to the arts in Arizona.

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Amethyst Druzy Delight Pendant
Metal & Stone Necklace

$ 400
$ 320
Art Necklace #577
Steel Necklace

$ 280
$ 224
Art Necklace #337
Metal & Stone Necklace

$ 500
$ 400
Crystal Art Necklace #541
Metal & Stone Necklace

$ 550
$ 440
Art Necklace #450
Stone Necklace

$ 325
$ 260
Art Necklace #576
Steel Necklace

$ 260
$ 208
Art Necklace #470
Metal & Leather Necklace

$ 320
$ 256
Art Necklace #93
Mixed Media Necklace

$ 400
$ 320
Art Necklace #472
Mixed Media Necklace

$ 550
$ 440
Art Necklace #349
Metal Necklace

$ 340
$ 272
Art Necklace #542
Metal Necklace

$ 320
$ 256
Art Necklace #473
Metal Necklace

$ 500
$ 400
Art Necklace #342
Metal Necklace

$ 370
$ 296
Art Necklace #540
Stone Necklace

$ 290
$ 232
Art Necklace #493
Metal Necklace

$ 280
$ 224
Art Necklace #492
Metal Necklace

$ 275
$ 220
Art Necklace #453
Mixed-Media Necklace

$ 260
$ 208
Art Necklace #451
Mixed-Media Necklace

$ 260
$ 208
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
38th Annual Contemporary Craft, Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art, Mesa, Arizona USA, 2017
Wearable Expressions, Palo Verdes Art Center, Los Angeles, California USA, 2017
10x10 art jewelry Invitational , Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ USA, 2019
Body Sculpture, Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona, 2019
Architectonics/Art Relating to Architecture, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, Missouri, 2019
Metal Complexion, Jung Art Gallery, Houston, Texas, 2020
Viviende Verde, Raices Taller Gallery, Tucson, Arizona , 2020
Mujeres Mujeres Mujeres, Raices Taller Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, 2019
A Community Reflects, University Arizona School of Art, Tucson, AZ, 2020
7th National Fine Art Craft Guild , Fine Art Guild, Hilton Head, S.C., 2020