Donna J. Wan was born in Taiwan and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She grew up in New York City and only in the past several years has developed an interest in the natural world. Her photographs reflect her continual search to understand how perceptions and identities are shaped by the landscape.
Her work has been shown at the Museum of Photographic Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, RISD Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, and Silver Eye Center for Photography. She has been named a Magenta Foundation 2007 Flash Forward Emerging Photographer, a 2012 Critical Mass Top Finalist, and a 2014 Critical Mass Top 50 Finalist. Her awards include The CENTER Santa Fe 2012 Project Launch, 2012 Lucie Foundation/APA Scholarship, 2013 Kolga International Award, The CENTER Santa Fe 2013 Gallerist’s Choice, Silver Eye 2014 International Fellowship, and CDS/Honickman First Book Prize Finalist.
Her work has been featured both online and in print including, Lenscratch, PDN, Feature Shoot, Forward Thinking Museum, Beautiful Decay, Profifoto, Wired.com, Conscientious, Fraction Magazine, Flak Photo, La Journal De La Photographie, Center for Documentary Studies Porch, Real Simple and the New York Times Style Magazine. She has been awarded an artist’s residency at The Center for Photography at Woodstock and was invited by Catherine Opie to lecture at UCLA. Her work is included in the collections of the Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford, BNY Mellon Bank, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art in New York, NY.