Mary Dorsey Wanless

Mary Dorsey Wanless

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Mary Dorsey  Wanless

Mary Dorsey Wanless grew up in Columbia, Mo. She moved to Topeka in 1981, where she was a homemaker and raised four children. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a teaching certification K-12 from the University of Missouri in 1971, and a Masters of Art in Interior Design in 1972. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography at Kansas State University in 2009. 

Wanless is a visual artist and educator. She taught at Washburn University for sixteen years as a tenured Associate Professor of Photography in the Art Department, and retired with emeritus status in 2015. In 2011 she received the all-university Ned Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award. 

She is a well-known photographer, and has shown her photography regionally, nationally and internationally. She specializes in historic alternative processes. She has won numerous awards, been included in over one hundred invitational shows, participated in several international artist residencies, been featured in magazines and photography text books and had twenty five solo shows, the latest being the "Marydorsey Wanless Retrospective" at the Mulvane Art Museum.