David J. Wagner, Ph.D. is President and Chief Curator/Tour Director of a limited liability corporation located in the state of Wisconsin, established for the principle purpose of producing and managing museum exhibitions and traveling exhibits throughout North America. David J. Wagner, L.L.C. has produced ongoing tours of the Society of Animal Artists flagship exhibition, ART AND THE ANIMAL; BLOSSOM ~ ART OF FLOWERS in partnership with The Susan K. Black Foundation; and THE HORSE IN FINE ART, in collaboration with the American Academy of Equine Art. For five consecutive years, he curated the annual reinstallation of the Outdoor Sculpture Courtyard at National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C. David J. Wagner, L.L.C. also produced the Masterworks tour from The International Guild of Realism.

Other museum exhibitions and traveling exhibits produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. include: AMERICA'S PARKS Through the Beauty of Art; AMERICAN STILL LIFES; AMERICAN WILDLIFE ART (based on the book of the same title); ANDREW DENMAN: THE MODERN WILD; THE ART OF ROBERT BATEMAN (McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Toronto, Ontario premiere, with tour ending at The Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta); ROBERT BATEMAN: A RETROSPECTIVE; ART OF THE DIVE / PORTRAITS OF THE DEEP; ART OF THE RAINFOREST; BIODIVERSITY IN THE ART OF CAREL PIETER BREST van KEMPEN; ENDANGERED SPECIES, FLORA AND FAUNA IN PERIL (The U.S. Department of Interior Museum in Washington, D.C. following Wildling Art Museum, California premiere); CROCODILIAN SCRATCHBOARDS BY JOHN AGNEW; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT; EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST; JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (Paine Art Center and Gardens) ; LEROY NEIMAN: A RETROSPECTIVE (including National Art Museum of Sport) and LEROY NEIMAN, ON SAFARI (exclusive showing in Denver at The Wildlife Experience); MASTERS OF AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY (Ansel Adams to Steichen, Stieglitz, et al); MASTERWORKS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL GUILD OF REALISM ; PAWS AND REFLECT: ART OF CANINES, sequel to FELINE FINE: ART OF CATS; PORTRAITS BY MARION PIKE (Los Angeles estate collection exhibit at Palm Springs Art Museum); SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE; THE SEA OF CORTEZ; and KENT ULLBERG: A RETROSPECTIVE (Joslyn Art Museum premiere). Upcoming exhibits include: Sayaka Kajita Ganz RECLAIMED CREATIONS (2017); Brian Jarvi's AFRICAN MENAGERIE (2017); Cory Trépanier's INTO THE ARCTIC (2017); and ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Sequel (2019). David J. Wagner was the recipient of the 2010 Susan K. Black Foundation, Black-Parkman Award for Art Industry Leadership.

David J. Wagner received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and wrote his dissertation on American wildlife art while he was scholar-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon. With funding from the Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation, Wagner expanded his research to develop the book American Wildlife Art.

Wagner previously co-authored Natural Habitat: Contemporary Wildlife Artists of North America (1998). In 1992 he was invited by Roger Tory Peterson to organize a worldwide conference entitled Value in American Wildlife Art at the Chautauqua Institute to commemorate the opening of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York. He subsequently organized two similar landmark conferences: the first at the Björklunden Campus of Lawrence University in 2000 and the second in Phoenix in 2001.

Wagner has served as a Juror for the National Park Art Academy exhibition, Arts for the Parks, and the U.S. Department of Interior Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Competition. He began his professional career in Wausau, WI where he served as Director of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum during its first decade. Subsequent appointments included Executive Director of The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs in Louisville. David Wagner has served as Museum Assessment Program Consultant for the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY; Guest Curator for The Wildlife Experience in Denver, CO, and The Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos, CA. He has also served asCurator/Tour Director for the Susan K. Black Foundation; and Curator/Tour Director of the Society of Animal Artists. He formed David J. Wagner, L.L.C. in the state of Wisconsin in 1998 and incorporated it there in 2001.

His book, American Wildlife Art, has become a standard reference book on the subject.

David J. Wagner, Ph.D.
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