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artist , photographer , writer

Rell Gardner Francis, American artist, photographer, writer. Certified teacher. Recipient Best of Show, photography Utah State Fair, 1966, 67, Meritorious Service award in photography Brigham Young University, Provo, 1974, Morris Rosenblatt award Utah History Quarterly, Salt Lake City, 1976.


Francis, Rell Gardner was born on January 27, 1928 in Lake Shore, Utah, United States. Son of S. Evan and Barbara (Ferguson) Francis.


Bachelor, Brigham Young University, 1954. Master of Arts, Brigham Young University, 1963. Postgraduate, Illinois School Design, Chicago, 1957.

Postgraduate, Ohio State University, 1968. Postgraduate, University Utah, 1969.


Monument designer Ampere-hour Child & Son Monuments, Springville, Utah, 1945-1954. Art and English teacher Nebo School District, 1954-1974. Home study art instructor Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1964-1970.

Photo teacher European Art Academy, Paris, summer 1966. Director art museum Springville Museum Art, 1976. Director City Spirit art National Endowment for Arts, Springville City, Utah, 1974-1975.

Owner Photo Gallery, Heritage Prints Photography, Provo, 1977-1990. Consultant photography Clio, Incorporated, New York York City, 2001, Public Broadcasting Service (Judy Crichton) American 1900, Boston, New York City, 1996-1997. Lecturer Cyrus E. Dallin at Rockwell Museum Exhibit, Corning, New York, 1995.

Consultant Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum, Arlington, Massachusetts, 2000. Photography advisor CLIO, Incorporated, New York York City, 2000-2001. Volunteer docent, guest exhibitor Utah photos Salt Lake City Cultural Olympiad, 2002.


  • Certified teacher.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: Cyrus E. Dallin, 1976, The Utah Photographs of George Edward Anderson, 1979, C.E. Dallin: Frontier to Fame, 2005. Film producer: Stoneman Sheepherder, 1969, Que Bonita, 1972. Contributor articles to professional journals.

      One-person show at Provo Utilities Gallery, Provo, 1969. Exhibited in group shows at Springville Museum Art, 1982, 88, Latter Day Saints Church Museum Art and History, Salt Lake City, 1985, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 1979, Brigham Young University and Springville Museum Art, 1974, Segnali de Fumo, Italy, 1994. Retrospective exhibit of Mexico photographs and paintings, Springville Museum Art, 1999, Peteetneet Academy Art, Payson, Utah, 2003.


The hope of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the purpose of life on this earth is to teach people and prepare them that everybody, along with their families, might live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ eternally.


Trustee Springville Museum Art, 1958-1974. Environmental activist Audubon Society, Provo, since 1995. Honorary volunteer mentor Slate Canyon Youth Center Program, Provo, 2000.

Member Utah History Society, Springville History Society (trustee 1975-2001, 2003-2006, honored as Springville's Most Notable Historian 2007).


  • Other Interests



Married Janet Oaks Francis, July 18, 1958. Children: Sean Francis, Lewis Francis, Dana Francis Lepore.

S. Evan Francis

Barbara (Ferguson) Francis

Janet Oaks Francis

Sean Francis

Lewis Francis

Dana Francis Lepore Francis