Erica Wagner is a painter, publisher and creative consultant to storytellers. She exhibits regularly in solo and group shows and was the 2017 winner of the inaugural VAS George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Art Prize. Erica has worked as an editor and publisher of books for children and young adults since 1988, including 20 years as a publisher with Allen & Unwin, and is a co-director of Twelve Panels Press. She was awarded the 2017 Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding contribution to Australian children's publishing and in 2019 Johanna Bell and Erica facilitated the inaugural Octopus Story Camp for Top End artists and writers. Erica is now a freelance publishing consultant with a focus on collaborative book development projects. She also runs ‘walk and draw’ and collage workshops for children and adults.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 Pop-Up Art - The Moving Room Yoga Studio, Brunswick
  • 2019 Outside In, The Peisley Street Gallery, Orange, NSW
  • 2018 Little Wings, No Vacancy Federation Square, Melbourne
  • 2016 Sanctuary, No Vacancy Federation Square, Melbourne 
  • 2012 Retreat, Decoy Cafe, Melbourne
  • 2011 Dark Horse, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
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Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018 Floating Stories, with Lynne Bechervaise and Siegi Edward, BrightSpace, St Kilda
  • 2018 One Man Show, Hawthorn Artists Society, Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery
  • 2017 Artist of the Year Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, East Melbourne
  • 2017 Small Works, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale
  • 2016 Artist of the Year Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, East Melbourne
  • 2016 Life that is Still, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood 
  • 2016 Cast Off, Resident Artists' Program Exhibition, Nyora Studio Gallery, Eltham
  • 2014 Artist of the Year Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, East Melbourne
  • 2013 Celebration, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2013 Artist of the Year Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, East Melbourne
  • 2013 The Affordable Xmas Show, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale
  • 2012 The Affordable Xmas Show, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale
  • 2012 May Exhibition, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale
  • 2012 Selected Works, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2011 Melbourne Studio School, Bright Space, St Kilda
  • 2010 Paint Speak 2010, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2010 A Brush with Reality, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2009 Paintings and Drawings of the Melbourne Studio School, Glen Eira Gallery
  • 2007 Paint Speak, Melbourne Studio School, Manningham Gallery
  • 2002 A Master Artist and his Protegées, Spectrum Gallery, Balwyn

 

Awards

  • 2017 Highly Commended: Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition (Tarra River, Waiting for the Platypus)
  • 2017 Winner: George Hicks Foundation VAS Contemporary Exhibition (Watching the Water)
  • 2016 Highly Commended: Victorian Artists Society Winter Exhibition (Hattah Lakes)
  • 2014 Camberwell Art Show: Deans Encouragement Award, Acrylic Prize (Lagoon)
  • 2013 Highly Commended: St Kevin's College Art Show (Walk on By)
  • 2012 Highly Commended: St Kevin's College Art Show (Mt Sonder)
  • 2011 Winner: Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Annual Exhibition (Telling You the Story of My Life)
  • 2011 Highly Commended: Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Annual Exhibition (Fay, One Autumn Day)
  • 2011 Highly Commended: Victorian Artists Society Winter Exhibition (Mermaid Nude)
  • 2009 Winner: Best Abstract/Contemporary, Pastel Society of Victoria (Angel)
  • 2005 Winner: Best Non Traditional/Other, Pastel Society of Victoria (Moving Figure, Dance)
  • 2005 Winner: Victorian Artists Society Winter Exhibition (Moving Figure, Battleground)

 

Workshops and Residencies

  • 2019 Collage workshops, Hawthorn Artists Society
  • 2019 Octopus Residency and Story Camp, Darwin
  • 2017 Lightning Ridge Artist Residency, Sunsiz Media
  • 2017 Paperclay workshop, Koala Kids, Royal Children’s Hospital
  • 2017 Collage workshop, No Vacancy Gallery School Holiday Program
  • 2014-2016 Resident Artists’ Program, Nyora Studio Gallery, Eltham

 

Bibliography

 

 

Erica Wagner with Godwin Bradbeer at the VAS Contemporary Exhibition, 2017

Erica Wagner with Godwin Bradbeer at the VAS Contemporary Exhibition, 2017