Shan Wells

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Shan Wells
Shan Wells

(1967-05-31) May 31, 1967 (age 55)
EducationArt Center College of Design, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Occupation(s)Political cartoonist, Sculptor, blogger
Years active1992 – present
Notable credit(s)The Huffington Post, Artizans
TitleMaster of Fine Arts

Shan Wells is a North American sculptor, filmmaker and illustrator. He attended Art Center College of Design in California and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he studied under Andrew Drummond and completed a Master of Fine Arts in 1998.

Wells illustrated a weekly political cartoon for the Durango Telegraph,[1] an independent weekly newspaper in Durango, Colorado, from 2002 to 2021.[2] Wells retired from political illustration after 19 years citing the need for white men to "shut up and listen," and the lack of input from "underrepresented voices" in U.S. political discourse.[3] Wells also blogged as a cartoonist for the Huffington Post from 2009 to 2016.[4]

Wells is the videographer for Fort Lewis College.[5]

Awards and grants[edit]

Important works[edit]

Image Dates Title Location
Calendar, by shan wells.jpg 2001–2002 calendar Berg Park, Farmington, New Mexico[9]
Moments project, by shan wells.jpg 2004–2005 moments project Durango, Colorado[10]

Political cartoons[edit]

Political cartoon 2 by shan wells.jpg

2015 cartoon referring to the prevalence of religious-sponsored terrorism


  1. ^ The Durango Telegraph - The independent weekly line on Durango and Beyond
  2. ^ "Tooned Up - Durango Telegraph". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  3. ^ "Tooned Up - Durango Telegraph". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  4. ^ "Shan Wells | HuffPost". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  5. ^ "Contact Marketing and Communications, Fort Lewis College". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  6. ^ Colorado Council on the Arts Archived 2006-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Colorado Council on the Arts Archived 2006-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Magazine News - News 8/19/99
  9. ^ "River Reach Foundation, Farmington New Mexico, Animas River, four corners, New Mexico". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
  10. ^ "Durango Colorado Official Web Site - Public Art". Archived from the original on 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-03-05.

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