Born in Taipei, Taiwan, raised in New York City, and now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area
2008 San Francisco Art Institute, MFA
1999  Stanford University, Masters and BA with honors, distinction & Phi Beta Kappa

Critical Mass Top 50
CDS/Honickman First Book Prize, Finalist
Silver Eye Fellowship 14 International Award, selected by Linda-Benedict Jones, Carnegie Museum, Curator of Photography

CENTER Gallerist's Choice Award, 3rd place, selected by Lauren Panzo, Director, Pace/MacGill Gallery
Kolga International Photo Award, Winner Conceptual Category
PDN's 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, Nominee

APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship Grant
CENTER Project Launch, honorable mention, selected by Virginia Heckert, Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum 
Conscientious Portfolio Competition, Finalist
Griffin Museum's 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, selected by Paul Kopeikin 
Equivalents, Photo Center NW, Honorable Mention, selected by W.M Hunt 
Critical Mass Top 50

Aground, 2nd place, selected by Karen Irvine, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography

Biennial Photography 2010, 1st place, selected by Lesley Martin, Aperture 

Ella King Torrey Award, San Francisco Art Institute, Nominee
ArtSeen Emerging Artists, Winner

Flash Forward Emerging Photographers,  Magenta Foundation
PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris, fine arts category, Honorable Mention

Solo Exhibitions
Death Wooed Us, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY

In the Landscape, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA

WaterLand, Carte Blanche Gallery, San Francisco, CA
In the Landscape, Photo Gallery, Oakland, CA

In the Landscape, Gallery 1401, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

After Ansel Adams, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
By Invitation Only: Revealing the Landscape, St Mary's College Museum of Art, Moraga, CA

Critical Mass Top 50, curated by WM Hunt, Southeast Museum of Photography, FL
Critical Mass Top 50, curated by WM Hunt, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA 
CENTER'S Curve, Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Kolga Tbilisi Photo 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia
Face-to-Face, The Human Image in the Collections of the Photographers: Network 2004-2013, Stadtische Galerie Iserlohn, Germany 
MOPA Photo Auction, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA 
photo l.a. 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Looking at the Land, RISD Museum of Art, curated by Andy Adams, Providence, RI
The Curve: Center Award Winners, 2012, New Mexico Museum of Art,Santa Fe, NM
Transient States, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
18th Annual Juried Competition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Equivalents, Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
Sweet Snaps, Pro’jekt LA, Space 15Twenty, Los Angeles, CA


Aground, PhotoCenter Northwest, Seattle, WA
Fresh, KlompChing Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
photographers: network 2011, Thomas Kellner's studio, Seigen, Germany
Made in Woodstock V, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

Benefit Gala, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
Juried Exhibition, Newspace Center for Photography, Portlad, OR
Biennial Photography 2010, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
Revisiting Beauty, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

MOPA, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
APATURE, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Art for AIDS Auction, Bonham and Butterfields, San Francisco, CA
Money-Money-Money, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Our Environment, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
ArtSeen 3, Downtown Gallery Row, Los Angeles, CA
Mirror for the 21st Century, BECA Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Ways and Means, 938 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

Flash Forward 07 Recycling Exhibition, Toronto, Canada
Another Country, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Home, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Art for AIDS Auction, Bonham and Butterfields, San Francisco, CA
Composing Biology, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Two x 20, Modernbook Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

Selected Publications/Bibliography/Features/Reviews

Landmark, curated by William Ewing, book published by Thames & Hudson
Summertime, curated by Joanne Dugan, book published by Chronicle Books
Flash Forward Tenth Special Anniversary, book published by Magenta Foundation
"Donna J. Wan's Haunting Photos of Suicide Destinations," Beautiful Decay
"The Beautiful Landscapes People Saw Before Committing Suicide,"
"The Last View: Beautiful, Unsettling Photos of Suicide Locations," Feature Shoot
"Donna J. Wan," Aint-Bad Magazine
"The Breathtaking Places Where People Have Gone to Die," Lost at E Minor
"Donna J. Wan: Travel to the popular places for suicide," Photoworld print magazine (published in China)
"Fellowship 14 at Silver Eye Center for Photography," Tribe Live, Arts and Entertainment

what makes my life real simple,REALSIMPLE print magazine, November
“Down by the Water: Exploring 'WaterLand," The Daily Californian 
“SF Bay Area art picks, Feb. 14-17,” Mary Eisenhart,
“Events you can’t miss in February,” California Home + Design
“WaterLand,” Lost in SF
“Interview with Photographer Donna Wan,” CDS (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University) Porch

"Today’s Flak Photo: Donna J. Wan, At the Air Strip," Flak Photo
Landscape, ARCHIVO Autumn Issue, No 2, online and print
“Rarefied A-I-R: Donna J. Wan,“ PDN, Holly Hughes, online & print
“Looking at the Lightbox from the Comfort of Home,“ Time LightBox
“2012 Center Award Winners,” Fraction Magazine

"In the Landscape," Dude Magazine
"Donna J. Wan's Promised Lands," Beautiful Decay
"In the Landscape," Dead Porcupine
"Fraction Magazine Special Edition of Fresh Show 2011," W.M. Hunt
"Klompching Gallery's Fresh 2011 Exhibition," Lenscratch
"At the Edge of the Lake," PDN Picture of the Day, July 19
"Lay of the Land," Rachel Wolff, Forward Thinking Museum blog

"Contemporary Photographer: Donna Wan," Joerg Colberg, Conscientious
“Promised Lands,” Fraction Magazine, Issue 14

“Cashing in: Mary Jane Jacob juries ARC Gallery’s timely ‘Money, Money, Money,” Time Out Chicago, print January 8-14, 2009

“Ways and Means: SFAI Group Show,” SF Weekly, print April 16-22, 2008, p.31
“Ways & Means,” Jessica Whiteside,

Additional Information
Guest Lecturer, UC Berkeley, invited by Allan deSouza, 2013
Guest Teacher, Landscape Photography Workshop, Olana, Hudson, New York, 2010
Guest Lecturer, UCLA, invited Catherine Opie, 2009

Artist-In-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, 2009

Collectors include Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, BNY Mellon Bank, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Pulitzer-Prize winning author Richard Ford.