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Mills College Professor of Studio Art Catherine Wagner
Awarded Prestigious Rome Prize

Oakland, CA–April 18, 2013 Catherine Wagner, internationally renowned Mills College professor of studio art, was honored with a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome tonight at a reception in New York City. The prestigious Rome Prize is awarded annually through an open competition juried by leading artists and scholars.

As a Rome Prize recipient, Wagner is counted among a select group of 30 American artists recognized each year by the American Academy in Rome. In September she will join other honorees in Rome at this premier center for independent study and advanced research in the fine arts.

“Catherine Wagner has played an integral role in making Mills College a preeminent institution for the arts,” said Mills College President Alecia DeCoudreaux. “It is a great honor for Catherine to receive this prize and speaks to the importance of her work. This is going to be truly inspiring for all her students, undergraduates and graduates alike.”

Wagner’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She has received several major awards, including the inaugural Visual Arts Fellowship from the San Jose Museum of Art, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two fellowships in photography from the National Endowment for the Arts.

A professor of studio art at Mills since 1978, Wagner is known for working with elements of contemporary society and transforming them into conceptual images that investigate the construction of cultural identities. In addition to a stipend and a studio, Rome Prize fellows live onsite at the American Academy in Rome, a beautiful 11-acre campus situated on the highest point within the walls of Rome. Wagner’s fellowship runs from September 9, 2013, through March 10, 2014.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit


Last Updated: 4/18/13