Wendel Wirth's most recent body of work, No Vacancy, was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Schoeller Photo Award. In 2015, she was awarded a Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. In November of 2013, Wendel received a Juror’s Merit Award at the Boise Art Museum Triennial exhibit. She is represented by Gilman Contemporary in Ketchum, Idaho and Dimmitt Contemporary Art in Houston.
Wendel received her Masters of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating Magna Cum Laude and her Bachelor of Fine Art from Denison University.
For 18 years, prior to pursuing her MFA, Wendel worked as a commercial photographer, art director and product designer for ‘a tail we could wag’. She has studied photography at Parson’s School of Design, Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media) and with the Friends of Photography. She has had the fortune of studying under Ruth Bernhard, Ralph Gibson and Hosoe Eikoh.
Originally from New York City and Chicago, she lives in the mountains of Ketchum (better known as Sun Valley), Idaho with her husband, daughter and two well loved dogs.