Angela Franks Wells



2006     MFA, Photography, School of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2000     BA, Studio Art and Psychology, Scripps Women’s College, Claremont, CA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019      Parts & Labor, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2016      Seeing Light in Pike County,  Slow Exposures Pop-up exhibition, Elliot Helms House               Tenant Building, Zebulon, GA. Curator: John Bennette

2015       Seeing Light, Edna Carlsten Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens              Point, WI

2015       Surface Tension, Erwin Gallery, East Caroline University, Greenville NC

2013       Copper Mine, Rowe Arts Galeries, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Charlotte, NC     (With Jason Lee)

2011        Copper Mine, Maison Fine Art and Antiques, Cottonwood AZ

2011        parts & labor. ArtSpace Gallery, College of Southern Nevada, NV

2011        Copper Mine, 515arts Phoenix, AZ

2010      Instantaneous, 515arts, Phoenix, AZ

2009     Happy Hour 9-5: new works from parts & labor. Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2008     Somewhere. 515arts, Phoenix, AZ

2007     Brown Bagger, 515 arts Phoenix, AZ

2007     parts & labor, Tilt gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2006     parts & labor, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University


Selected Group Exhibition

2018      SOHO Photo Gallery 2018 National Alternative Processes Competition, SOHO Photo         Gallery, New York, NY, Juror: Dan Burkholder

2018      Impression: A National Printmaking Exhibition, d’Art Center Norfolk, VA. Juror Brendan

2018      Out of the Pines, Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington,      NC

2018      Alternative to What? Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA. Juror: Bridget Conn

2017       Light Sensitive, Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ. Juror: Ann M. Jastrab Gallery Director of              RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA

2017       Living Image, Halide Project, Gravy Studios, Philadelphia, PA, Juror: John Caperton,               Curator at The Print Center, Philadelphia PA. Exhibition Catalogue. Photo Review Prize.

2017       Nacent Site: Sight ASU Photo Alumni Celebrate over 40 years. Traveling exhibition.               Concordia University Gallery, St Paul, MN

2016      InPrint-Is International Alternative Process Competition, Blanco Negro gallery, Sydney,       Australia. Top Entrant. Juror: Christina Z. Anderson. Exhibition Catalogue.

2016      Flora and Fauna, SouthxSoutheast Magazine juried call. January-February issue.

2016      Wunderkabinet, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC. (4 person curated exhibition).

2016      A Point of View: Contemporary Photography, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY. Juror: Mitra         Abbaspour.

2016      Mirror with a Memory, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA. Juror: Brett Henrikson.

2016      Mirror with a Memory, Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery, Providence, RI. Juror:          Brett Henrikson. E

2016      nLIGHTened: Work by Arizona State University Photo Alumni Association, Central                  Michigan University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Curators: Liz Allen, Emily Matyas, and Carol Panaro-Smith (traveling exhibit).

2016      SOHO Photo Gallery 12th Annual Juried Alternative Process Competition, SOHO Photo     Gallery, New York, NY. Juror: Miriam Leuchter.

2016      Still Life: the ordinary made extraordinary, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. Juror:           Kate Breakey.

2015       Interaction, Unlimited Grain Gallery Photography Contest, Netherlands. Honorable              Mention. Contest Catalogue.

2015       Unbound4!, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA. Juror: Gordon Stettinius.

2015       Nacent Site: Sight ASU Photo Alumni Celebrate over 40 years. Northlight Gallery, Phoenix, AZ. Curators: Liz Allen, Emily Matyas, and Carol Panaro-Smith.

2015       18th Annual Washington Printmakers’ National Small Works Exhibition, Washington             Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC. Juror: Greg Jecmen.

2015       Art Through the Lens, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY. Juror: Sarah Sudhoff. Still Life/Life   Still, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. Juror: Yumi Goto. Exhibition Catalogue.

2015       Artifact: Alternatives 2015, Ohio University Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Juror:          Judy Natal. Exhibition Catalogue.

2015       14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Women’s University,            Denton, TX. Juror: April Watson, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum   of Art in Kansas City, MO. Exhibition Catalogue.

2015       Mixed Meow, AIGA Philadelphia SPACE, Philadelphia, PA. Curator: Belinda Haikes.

2014      INFOCUS Photography Exhibition (and auction), Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ.             Curator: Rebecca Senf, Norton Family Curator of Photography, Center for Creative         Photography, Tucson AZ.

2014      fotofoto gallery: 10th Annual Photography Competition, fotofoto gallery, Huntington,         NY. Juror: Judith Levy, Director of Gallery North, NY.

2014      Looking Out, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH. Juror: Andrew Lucas, Gallery                  Director at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

2014      Off the Wall exhibition (and auction), Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ. Invited exhibition.

2014      The Art of Handmade & Alternative Photography, Vermont Center for Photography,           Brattleboro, VT. Juror: Jessica Ferguson, artist and Professor at the School of the      Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. Exhibition Catalogue.

2014      Summer Showcase. Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

2014      One by One, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO. Juror: Erik Paddock,                 curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum. Exhibition Catalogue.

2014      The Here There: On the Particularity of Place, Lyon Smith Gallery, Winona, MN. Curated     by Kjellgren Alkire.

2014      Light Sensitive 2014, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ. Juror: Tom Persinger.

2013       The Physical Photograph, Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ. Invitational exhibition.

2013       23rd Parkside Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI.               Juror: John Hitchcock, Director of Hybrid Press. Exhibition Catalogue.

2013       It’s all here in Black and White: 20”x13”, tbellphotographic Studio and Gallery, Denver,          CO. 13-member juror panel. Exhibition Catalogue.

2013       Faculty Collects, Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, OH. 2013                 2013 Winter Show, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC. Invitational exhibition. 2013                  Faculty Work, Uptown Art Gallery, Greenville, NC.

2013       SOHO Photo Gallery 9th Annual Juried Alternative Process Competition, SOHO Photo      Gallery, New York, NY. Juror: Jill Enfield. 2nd Place.

2013       Grayscale, Kiernan Gallery, on-line. Juror: Blue Mitchell. Exhibition Catalogue.

2012      Light Sensitive, Art Intersection, Gilbert AZ. Juror: Dr. Rebecca Senf, Norton Family                 Curator of Photography, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ.

2012       Manifest Destiny, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Curator: Liz           Allen, Director Northlight Gallery.

2012       International Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibit 2012, ArtSpace, Richmond,       VA. Juror: James Stroud.

2012       Paducah Photo 2012, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY. Juror: Ellen Simak, Chief Curator       at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN.

2012       (B + W) Exhibition, Tejas Gallery, Dayton, OH. Juried by selection committee.

2012       Seen/Unseen, Wiseman Gallery, Bend, OR. Juried by selection committee.

2012       2012 INFOCUS Photography Exhibition (and auction), Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix,         AZ. Curator: Rebecca Senf, Norton Family Curator of Photography, Center for Creative                  Photography, Tucson AZ.

2011        NC Literary Homecoming, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

2011        Exploring the Roots of Photography, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ.

2011        Repercussions: Times and Tides, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI.      Juried and curated by Alex Emmons.

2011        Who’s in the House?, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ. Member Exhibition, 515arts, Phoenix, AZ.

2010      Repercussions: Times and Tides, SOIL, Seattle, WA. Juried and curated by Alex       Emmons.

2010      Alternatives: Unconventional & Uncommon Processes, MPLS Photo Center,             Minneapolis, MN. Juror: Keith Taylor. Exhibition Catalogue.

2010      Repercussions: Times and Tides, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington        University. Juried and curated by Alex Emmons.

2010      PHOTOcentric, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY. Jurors: Stephen Shore and Harvey           Stein.

2010      Fifth Biennial National Print Exhibition. Northern Arizona University Art Museum,    Flagstaff, AZ. Juror: Melanie Yazzie.

2010      Show us your cans, Member exhibition and food drive, 515arts, Phoenix, AZ.

2010      Who’s in the House?, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2010      Return of the $99 show, 515arts, Phoenix, AZ. Local Artist Spotlight. RadioMilano,    Phoenix, AZ.

2009     Capitalism in Crisis: The State of Labor in the United States Today, SOMArts Cultural          Center, San Francisco, CA.

2009     515arts, Downtown Phoenix Partnership Building, Phoenix, AZ.

2009     Photography Faculty Exhibition, Phoenix College Downtown Campus gallery, Phoenix,       AZ.

2009     Art Faculty Show, Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ. 2 for 1. 515arts, Phoenix, AZ.

2008     No Fuss Printmaking Show. Pravus Gallery at the.Antispace, Phoenix, AZ.

2008:    Significant Others: An invitation exhibition regarding relationships. Eye Lounge, Phoenix,                   AZ.

2008     Tilt Gallery Photographic Retrospective. Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2008     $98. 515arts, Phoenix, AZ.

2008     Round Up: a piece of wood, some black velvet, panty hose, a pocket, and an umbrella.      515arts, Phoenix, AZ.

2008     Review Santa Fe. Participant. Santa Fe, NM.

2007     What Smells so Bad?: a collaborative process. 515arts, Phoenix, AZ.

2007     $99, 515 arts, Phoenix, AZ. Printmaking, First Studio, Phoenix, AZ.

2007     Art Detour Spotlight, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ.

2007     Collotypes: Recent Photographs In a Not So Recent Process, Northlight Gallery, Tempe,   AZ (National Traveling Exhibit).

2006     Past is Present, Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester, NY, Jurors: Heather Wetzel    & Jenn Libby co-founders of the laboratorium. Exhibition Catalogue.

2006     Collotypes: Recent Photographs In a Not So Recent Process, University of Texas at San    Antonio Satellite Space, San Antonio Texas. (National Traveling Exhibit).

2006     Dirty Fingernails Say A Lot: A Celebration of “Pure” Printmakers, Foundry Art Centre, St.     Charles, MO, Juror: Chad Alexander Andrews.

2006     Soho Photo Alternative Processes Competition, Soho Photo, New York, NY, Juror:                  Christopher James.

2006     The Feminine Unconscious, MonOrchid, Phoenix, AZ. Antiphon, Northlight Gallery,                 Tempe, AZ.

2006     Visual Text: Transformation, Step Gallery, Tempe, AZ, collaboration between MFA visual artists and creative writers.

2006     Exponential Love: the gift of life, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2006     Fixed, Northlight Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2006     Arizona Artist Guild Scholarship Exhibit, Art One, Phoenix, AZ.

2005     Alternative Borders: An Exhibition of Alternative Processes, White Raven Studios, Las          Cruces, NM, Jurors: Melody Bostick and Richard Sullivan, Honorable Mention.

2005     Blue, Brown, Black, Step Gallery, Tempe, AZ.

2005     Out of Place, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2005     Invitational, the Kitchenette, Phoenix, AZ.

2005     WAKE, Step Gallery, Tempe AZ, Curated by Billy Howard of Howard House Gallery,                 Seattle, WA. Exhibition Catalogue.

2005     Alternative Photographic Processes Show, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2005     Expose, Market Street Coffee Company, Phoenix, AZ.

2005     Visual Text Project, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ, Collaboration between MFA visual      artists and creative writers.

2004     MFA Summer Juried Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ, Juror: Trent Guerin of      g2 Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

2000    Pulse, B.A. Studio Art Exhibit, Millard Sheets Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.



University of Wisconsin—Stephens Point

Arizona Organ Donor Society

Northlight Gallery Scripps College Library, Artist Book collection

Numerous Private Collections


Awards & Residencies

Farmville Artist in Residence, East Carolina University sponsored, Farmville, NC (2018-19)

Artist In Residence, Slow Exposures Annual AIR program (2016)

Teaching Grant, East Carolina University (2013)

Research and Creativity Grant, College of Fine Arts and Communications, East Carolina University (2012)

Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant (2010)

Phoenix College Adjunct Faculty Professional Growth Grant (2009)

Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant (2008)

2006 Arizona Artist Guild Visual Art Scholarship


Select Publications

Oxford American Magazine, Winter 2018, image (Afternoon Stroll I, 2016) reproduced with an essay on Nina Simone!

Lenscratch, States Project North Carolina curator, Nov 2017. Authored six daily features of NC photographers, published and archived through the Lenscratch site.

Lenscratch, Artist Feature, written by Aline Smithson. Nov. 2017.

Diffusion Magazine, vol. IX. 2017. (Art Annual) Featured artist.

Flora and Fauna, SouthxSoutheast Magazine, January/February issue, 2016.

Interview with Melanie Craven of Tilt Gallery, SouthxSoutheast Magazine, May issue. 2014. Work reproduced as a featured artist of the gallery.

Arizona Illustrated: 100 years of Arizona Artists, Phoenix New Times, Februrary 9-15th issue. 2012.

North Carolina Literary Review, number 20, 2011. Page 177.

Angela Franks Wells’ Copper Mine Opens Tonight at five15 (review and interview), Jackalope Ranch: Phoenix New Times Culture Blog, June 17, 2011. php

Get Taste of Old Town at Art Opening,, August 8, 2011. 3

Visitors Enjoy Taste of Historic Old Town Cottonwood—Summer Art Opening Event,, August 9, 2011.

Alternatives: Unconventional & Uncommon Processes, 2010. Produced by the MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN. Exhibition Catalogue.

Labor of Love, Phoenix Home and Garden, September 2009 issue, page 122.

Dirty Pictures, Phoenix New Times, September 3-9th issue, 2009.

Third Friday: Tilt Gallery Presents Angela Franks Wells. Downtown Phoenix Journal, September 17, 2009.

Arty Girl: Angela Franks Wells at Five15, Phoenix New Times, December 17, 2008.

The New Monochrome: Five young photographers who are redefining the black-and-white medium. Nerve Special Issue: Design Issue, July 2008.

Today’s Flak Photo,, August 14, 2008.

Shoot! Interview: Angela Franks Wells, Photoshelter, Shoot! The Blog: Just don’t shoot Hulin, July 8, 2008. Instructor Supports the ‘arts experience’, PC Chronicle, Volume 1, Issue 2, April 1, 2008. Cover and page 4.

Traditional Copperplate Photogravure, an informational video. January 2008. Production Assistant and co-writer with Joseph Segura and Travis Janssen.

Smells Like five15 Spirit, Phoenix New Times August 23-29, 2007. Exhibition review.

Industrial Photography Revolution: Black, White, and blue at Tilt, Phoenix New Times, March 29- April 4, 2007. Exhibition review.

Can’t Miss, Phoenix New Times: My Art Detour, March 2007. Exhibition review.

Phoenix Downtown, March 2007. Cover spread and featured artist/studio visit.

Past is Present: An Exhibition of Contemporary Artists Working with Historic Photographic Processes, 2006. Exhibition Catalog, produced by Heather Wetzel and Jennifer Libby.

The Past/Present/Future of Collotype at Arizona State University. Professor James Hajicek, Joseph Rheaume, Cody Cloud, Melanie Craven, Michelle Craven, Angela Franks, Paho Mann. January 2006. Presented and Printed in conjunction with the Second International Conference on Collotype, Bristol, England.

Wake: Exhibition Catalog, 2005. Introduction by William Jenkins, produced by Paho Mann, Brent Hirak, and Angela Franks.