About Jan

Jan Wagstaff’s imagery derives primarily from nature, focusing on waterways, grasses, aspen canopies, birds in flight and reflections. "As I observe the natural world, I am ever conscious of how I am experiencing it—how my senses play a part in my perception. My work is about seasons, sounds, movement and shapes and about celebrating the ordinary such that it becomes extraordinary"





1970                                                          B.F.A. California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

1971                                                          M.F.A. California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA


Employment History

1993- 2013                       Art Instructor, York School, Monterey, CA.

1990 – 1994                     Artist in Residence, York School, Monterey, CA, California Arts Council A.I.R. Program

1983 - 1988                     Owner and Designer, JWag & Co., Carmel, CA Manufacturer of Women’s Clothing

1973 -1982                      Associate Professor of Art, California State University, Chico, CA             

1972 – 1973                    Instructor, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA


Professional and Community Activities

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Board of Directors, (President 2014-2015)

Cultural Council for Monterey County, Board of Directors, (President 1996-1997)

Carmel Art Association, Artist Member, Board of Directors, (President 2003)


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011, 2013, 2015   Carmel Art Association, Carmel, CA

2006, 2008             Carmel Art Association, Carmel, CA

2005                       J.Howell Fine Art, Healdsburg, CA

2003                       Carmel Art Association, Carmel CA.

2001                       Alvarado Gallery, City of Monterey, Monterey, CA

                               Carmel Art Association, Carmel, CA.

1996                       Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA

1992                       Reflections Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

1982                       Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA

1981                       The Elements Gallery, New York, NY

1981                       Van Doren Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1980                       Green Gallery, Carmel, CA

1977                       University Art Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA

1976                       Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

1974                       Anneberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1973                       Wenger Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2007                                       Oliver, Elliott, and Sebastian Fine Art, Carmel, CA

                                              (six Monterey Peninsula artists)

2007                                       Taylor/Jensen Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

2006                                       Aratoi Museum, Masterton, New Zealand

2000                                       Carmel Art Association, Carmel, CA (three person show)

1996                                       The Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

1995                                       Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

1994                                       Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1991                                       Reflections Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

1989                                       Zenith Gallery, Washington D.C.

1887                                       J. Posner Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1983                                       Shoshana/Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1980                                       The Marietta National, Marietta, OH

1979                                       The Elements Gallery, New York, NY

1978                                       Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1978                                       The Henry Gill Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1977                                       The Aldrich Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1976                                       The Chevron Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1974                                       Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1970                                       Mills College, Oakland, CA



2008                                      Teacher Institute In Contemporary Art. Chicago Art Institute

2006                                      New Pacific Studio, Two-month residency, New Zealand

1997                                      Marie Walsh Sharp Art Foundation Fellowship, Artist/Teacher Program and Residency, Colorado Collage, Colorado Springs, CO

1995                                      Art Fellowship and Residency, Skidmore College, Saratoga  Springs, NY

1990-1993                            California Arts Council Grant, A.I.S. Program

1979                                      Artist in Residence, Banff School of the Arts, Alberta, Canada

1976                                      Phelan Award, Purchase Prize, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

1972                                      Ray Rosenfield Memorial Award, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA


Public and Private Collections

Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NY, NY

Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, WI

B.B.D.O. West, San Francisco, CA

Community Hospital Monterey County, CA

Cargill Inc., MN

DPIC Companies, Monterey, CA

Hyatt Regency Hotels, Flint, MI

Lloyds Bank, San Francisco, CA

Marriott Hotels, Monterey, CA

Merrill Lynch, San Jose, CA

Pebble Beach Corporation, Pebble Beach, CA

Seacliff Corporation, Singapore

Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma, CA

Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto, CA

University of East Carolina, Museum, Permanent Collection, Greenville, NC


Selected Bibliography         

Bloomfield, Arthur. Review, San Francisco Chronicle, October 11, 1973

Frankenstein, Alfred. Review, San Francisco Examiner , October 12, 1973

Hamumura, John and Susan. Woven Works pp. 82, 83 San Francisco, Chronicle Books 1978

Melich, Dona. Contemporary Batik and Tie-Dye, p.121 New York, Crown Publishers, 1973

Meilach, Dona. Soft Sculpture Dedication,   pp. 61, 88, 127,144-145 New York, Crown Publishers, 1974

Nichols, Kathryn Mckenzie, Review, Monterey County Herald November 8, 2001                

Sunset Magazine, Article, “Jan Wagstaff Paints” p. 42, April 2004              

Watson, Lisa Crawford, Review, Monterey County Herald, March 2006, November 2003


Contact Jan
Email: jan@janwagstaff.com

(831) 625-0594

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Gallery Veronique

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J.Howell Fine Art

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