Jill Wells BFA, cadc

American Contemporary Artist | Muralist | Advocate

Iowa based artist Jill Wells is best known for her

dynamic and colorful narrative paintings

investigating race, history, stereotypes, accessibility

and the human condition. Born in 1980 in Des

Moines, Iowa, Wells was raised in Indianola, Iowa.

She studied at Drake University (BFA 2005). An

award-winning painter, Wells has been in practice

for more than 18 years, with public and private

works in Iowa, Mississippi, Arizona and New Orleans.


Her artwork is represented in the permanent

collections of: Disability Rights Iowa, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Park Zoo, YMCA of Greater Des Moines, The Annette Nature Center, Polk County Jail (west wing) and Creative Visions Human Development Center. In 2020, Lavender and Lime profiled Wells in an online published portrait manifesto series, Black Lives Matter Portrait Manifesto. Most recently, Wells was the recipient of the Iowa Creative Incubator Fellowship through Mainframe Studios. Currently Jill Wells serves on the Board of Directors for The After School Arts Program and works as a full-time Artist.  


The Great Frame up 

5515 Mills Civic Parkway

West Des Moines, Iowa