Gail Rebhan


M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California.
B.A., Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Selected Exhibitions

"Washington Project for the Arts Lobby Project, site specific installation, Washington, DC, 2016.

"Mother of the Year: Between Empowerment and Crisis: Images of Motherhood from 1900 to Today” Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria 2016 (catalog)

"“Portrait,” Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, November 2013

"A Cultural History of My Neighborhood." American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center and public art installation at Brandywine and Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 2011.

"Polaroid in Danger," Les Rencontres de L'Arles, Arles, France, 2010.

"Digital Sequences: Chris Jordan and Gail Rebhan," Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, Maryland 2008.

"Art of Sacrifice,” Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007.

“Aging” Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland, 2006.

“Time’s Body of Evidence,” Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio 2006.

“Art Endures,” Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, 100 Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA (organized by Main Line Art Center) 2005.

“Maternal Metaphors,” Rochester Contemporary (RoCo), Rochester, N.Y. 2004, Ohio University, Athens Ohio 2006 (catalog).

“Women of the Book: Jewish Artists, Jewish Themes,” The Park School of Baltimore, Maryland, 2011 (catalog); Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey 2004; JCC Futernick Family Art Gallery, Miami, Florida 2004; Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana 2003; Starr Gallery, Newton Center, Massachusetts 2003; Sierra College, Riverside, California, 2002; Gotthelf Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center, La Jolla, California, 2001; Jewish Community Center of Greater Minneapolis and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2001; Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri 2000; Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro, Vermont 2000; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ  2000; Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida 2000; Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania 1999; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1999; Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit , West Bloomfield, MI 1999, and Finegood Gallery, West Valley, California 1997. (catalog).

 “Arresting Images,” Luther Brady Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 2003.

“Kings, Hummingbirds, and Monsters” Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 2002 (catalog).

“Light2 : Images from the Photography Collections,” University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, Catonsville, Maryland, 2001.

“From the Collection: Photography, Inside/Outside - Personal Expressions,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 1995.

“ArtSites 6,” Emerson Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, Virginia 1994.

“Spring Show,” juried by Thelma Golden, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland, 1993.

“Baby Pictures,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, 1986.

“The Animal in Photography 1843-1985,” The Photographers Gallery, London, England 1986.

Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 1984.

“Documentary Photography in the United States: Sekula, Meiselas, Rebhan,” Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany, 1984 (catalog).

Selected Collections

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.

J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California.

Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Selected Publications

Birthing the American Absurd Maternal Humor in Contemporary Art Interview with Rachel Epp Buller, Jill Miller, and Marni Kotak, n. paradoxa Summer 2015

Essay and photographs in Reconciling Art and Mothering, 2012, Ashgate Publishing.

Included in The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, 2011, Demeter Press.

Included in Feminist Art and the Maternal, 2009, University of Minnesota Press.

Photograph included in Pregnant Pictures, 2000, Routledge Press.

Photograph included in Our Grandmothers: Loving Portraits by 74 Granddaughters, 1998, Stewart, Tabori and Chang Publishers.

Artist’s book, Mother - Son Talk produced during a residency at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY with grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and Mount Vernon College, 1996.

Included in the anthology Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies 1996, Temple University Press.

Selected Lectures

Guest Lecturer, University of California-Washington Center, Washington, DC, 2011

Reconciling Art and Motherhood panel, Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2008

Guest Lecturer, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC, 2007.

Artist Talk, Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland 2007

“Mother - Son Relations Through Image and Text,” panel presentation at the Mother -Son Conference sponsored by the York Centre for Feminist Research, York University, Toronto, Canada, September, 1998.

“She Makes the Picture: Inside and Around the Family (Not an Album),” panel presentation at the National Society for Photographic Education Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March, 1998.

“42 cups of coffee: panel discussions with area artists and writers,” WPA/Corcoran, Washington, DC, March, 1998.

Selected Reviews

Washington City Paper, Nov. 4, 2013 “FotoWeek D.C.: “Portraiture” at Studio Gallery” by Louis Jacobson

NW Current, April 13, 2011, "Local Artist Turns Spotlight on Tenley" American University Museum-Katzen Center and public art installation at Brandywine and Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

Washington Post
, January 25, 2008, "Digital Sequences: Chris Jordan and Gail Rebhan," Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, Maryland, review by Michael O'Sullivan.

Afterimage, March/April 2007, “A Caregivers Journal,” review of “Aging” Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland.

 Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 2005, review of “Women of the Book” Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.

n. paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal, Volume 14, 2004, discussed in the article, “Maternal Rites: Feminist Strategies” by Andrea Liss.

New Art Examiner, October, 1999 discussed in the article, “Test Family: Children in Contemporary Art.”

On Paper, Nov/Dec, 1996, review of artist’s book “Mother - Son Talk.”


Professor of Photography, Northern Virginia Community College - Woodbridge Campus, Woodbridge, Virginia, 2000- Present.