Carol Wells

Carol Wells

Founder and Executive Director, Center for the Study of Political Graphics

Carol A. Wells is an activist, art historian, curator, lecturer, and writer. She has been collecting posters and producing political poster art exhibitions on a variety of human rights themes since 1981. Trained as a medievalist at UCLA, she taught the history of art and architecture for more than thirteen years at CSU Fullerton until a poster changed her life.

In 1988, Carol founded the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), an activist, educational, and research archive with more than 90,000 social movement posters from the 19th century to the present. CSPG collects posters from all over the world, and includes the largest collection of post WWII human rights and protest posters in the United States. She believes that the power of graphics can combat public apathy and feelings of helplessness, and help open up a truly democratic arena for political debate. 

Bio photo courtesy of Iris Schneider