The Wagner Union is the center of student life on campus, and a very important part of a student's daily experience at Wagner. The Union houses the Bookstore, which provides both books and student supplies, Wagner paraphernalia and greeting cards—almost everything students need throughout the semester. Next to the Bookstore is the Art Gallery, which displays work of local and regional artists as well as art and photography by students and faculty. Also located in the Union are the Center for Academic and Career Engagement, Center for Intercultural Advancement, and other Campus Life offices. These facilities serve vital roles in students' academic careers at Wagner, providing support services, assistance in career planning and job searches, and playing an integral role in the First Year Program.
Have you ever wondered how Wagner College was able to become one of America’s best colleges in the Princeton Review’s new “Best 388 Colleges” guide?
Learn about the history of Wagner College, from its 1883 founding as a Lutheran seminary prep school in Rochester, New York, through its evolution into a liberal arts college with schools of business and nursing as well as its renowned signature curriculum, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts.
The exhibit was researched by current students using the Wagner College archives, leading to an array of discoveries. The exhibit highlights some of these as told through the eyes of its students. For example, one student highlights the letters written by World War II service people to faculty and friends on Grymes Hill and the impact of the G.I. Bill, while others profile various academic disciplines such as psychology, the physical sciences and theater.
The exhibit shares major turning points in Wagner’s history, from the enrollment of Wagner’s first women students to the occupation of Cunard Hall in 1970 by African Americans students calling on allies to support their concerns. While the exhibit highlights the college’s accomplishments, it also points to areas for continued growth and renewed commitment.
In 2014, Wagner College awarded civil rights activist Julian Bond with an honorary doctorate. During his speech to the graduates, he said, “Each one, reach one, until all are productive citizens of this world. Someday someone will ask you, ‘What did you do with your education?’ Be sure you have an answer.”
The exhibition is inspired by these words. We hope that, by looking back, we can also look to the future to make Wagner a place of opportunity and connection.
The exhibition is scheduled to run from Wednesday, Dec. 2, through Wednesday, Dec. 9, with this opening reception and presentation scheduled for Dec. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The project is funded with support from the NetVUE Grants for Reframing the Institutional Saga.
Please join us for the annual Wagner College Guild Holiday Luncheon.
The event will feature remarks from the Director of Choral Activities, Thomas Juneau, and a special performance by the Wagner College Choir. We hope to see you there!
Can be attended in person or via Zoom. REGISTER HERE
Please join us at the Wagner College Gallery for a reception to open “On Thought and Process,” an exhibition of cut-paper and printed acetate installations by Gina Fuentes Walker, on display through Friday, Feb. 3.
Both the reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.
The gallery is located in the Union Building on the Wagner College campus at 631 Howard Ave., Staten Island.
The Wagner College Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 9 p.m.
Gina Fuentes Walker is a visual artist, photographer and curator who lives and works in New York City. She applies scissors to paper and photo-printed transparencies, cutting and transforming them into abstract shapes and forms to create cut-outs and silhouettes. Her site-specific installations are works in progress that reference familial ties, loss and memory.
“The process of cutting abstract shapes and silhouettes is a meditation that pares away the excess to expose what is essential,” Fuentes Walker says.
Group and solo exhibitions of Fuentes Walker’s studio work include gallery and site-specific installations in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Italy and Germany. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Smithsonian Institution, Chashama and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. As co-founder and director of Art Harlem, a community-based nonprofit organization, Fuentes Walker produced an annual tour of open studios from 2005 through 2014 as well as year-round programming and exhibitions.
For more about the artist, visit her website at ginafuenteswalker.com.
For more information about the Wagner College Gallery, contact gallery director Jenny Toth at firstname.lastname@example.org.