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M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, 1981
B.A., Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1975

Selected Exhibitions

The Power of Resilience and Hope: Photography and the Holocaust – Then & Now CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 2024 (catalog)

Legacy: Civil Rights at 60, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 200 I (Eye) Street Gallery, Washington, DC, 2024

Gail Rebhan, About Time, retrospective exhibition curated by Sally Stein, American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC 2023 (catalog)

The Bridge That Carried Us Over, American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2022. (catalog)

Mother, Co-Curators: Laurel Nakadate, Don Russell, and Lily Siegel, George Mason University Exhibitions-Arlington, Virginia 2022

Inside Out: Artists in the Studio curated by Sarah Leary, American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2021. (catalog)

Jewish Authenticity and Identity, curated by Ori Z. Soltes, Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC 2020  (catalog)

Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley, American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2019.

Narrative, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC 2018

Latitude: The Washington Women’s Art Center 1975-88, American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2018. (catalog)

(IM)migration, Baltimore Community College-Essex, Baltimore, MD 2017

REFLECT: Photography Looking Forward, Looking Back, Brady Luther Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2017

Palimpsest: Layers of Time, solo exhibition, Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, Maryland and public art component at 16800 Georgia Avenue, Olney, Maryland, 2017

Art 202 Festival, sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC, 2016

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

Reference, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, Virginia, 2015

Portrait, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, 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

Beyond Text: Contemporary Book Arts, Montgomery College-Takoma Park, Maryland 2010

Polaroid in Danger, Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie, Arles, France, 2010

Rites of Passage: The Mortality of Time, The Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, 2008

Digital Sequences, Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, Maryland 2008 (two person exhibition)

Room, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland, 2008 (solo exhibition)

Aging, Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, Maryland, 2006 (solo exhibition)

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, Traveled to 13 locations 1997-2004. (catalog)

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

From the Collection: Photography, Inside/Outside – Personal Expressions, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 1995

Familial Territory, two-person exhibition, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1990

Baby, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1989 (one-person exhibition)

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 (one person exhibition)

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

Selected Collections

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven, CT

The Corcoran Legacy Collection, American University Museum, Washington, DC

Special Collections of Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

The Polaroid Collection, WestLicht, Schauplatz für Fotografie, Austria

Special Collections of the Albin Kuhn Library and Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

George Washington University Permanent Collection, Washington, D.C.

Wright State University Art Gallery, Permanent Collection, Dayton, Ohio

Selected Commissions

Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley, created two photo-collages for this exhibition, American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2019.

Immigration/Assimilation, Art on the ART Bus, exhibited in the mobile gallery of one Arlington County ART (Arlington Transit) bus and at the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center. Organized by Arlington County Special Projects Curator, Cynthia Connolly, 2019

Lobby Project, site-specific installation at 1200 First Street NE, Washington, DC, Washington Project for the Arts, 2016

202 Festival, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAAH), Washington, DC, 2016

JBG Companies (an investment management firm and developer) to create photo-collages that examine the cultural history of eleven of their properties, 2012, 2014

Metro Bus Show curated by CEPA Gallery with Montage ’93: International Festival of the Image in Rochester, NY, 1993

Selected Publications

Gail Rebhan About Time with running commentaries by Sally Stein, MACK Books 2023

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

Sequences-Gail Rebhan published by Blue Sky Books in celebration of Blue Sky Gallery’s 40th anniversary. Includes an artist’s statement, essay by Sally Stein and 54 pages of sequential photographs exhibited in 1981 at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland Oregon, 2014.

Essay and photographs in Reconciling Art and Mothering edited by Rachel Epp Buller, Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2012

Included in The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art edited by Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein, Demeter Press, 2011

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

Included in Artists’ Books: Visual Studies Workshop Press 1971-2008 edited by Joan Lyons, foreword by Johanna Drucker, afterward by Tate Shaw, Visual Studies Press, 2009

Photograph included in Pregnant Pictures, by Sandra Matthews and Laura Wexler, Routledge Press, 2000.

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

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, by Diane Neumaier, Temple University Press, 1996.

Included in the anthology, Feminist Parenting” The Crossing Press, 1994

Exploring Color Photography: Second Edition. WCB Brown and Benchmark Publishers, 1992
Selected Lectures

Selected Lectures

Rebhan talks about Flux her exhibit in the AFA Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, November 28, 2023 with Page Carr, Associate Professor Photography+ Media

Four panel discussions in conjunction with Gail Rebhan, About Time retrospective exhibition American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2023

Photo Collage/Public Art: Documenting Changes to the Built Environment, DC History Conference, Martin Luther King Library, Washington, DC, 2023

The Role of Art in Political Struggle panel discussion – “The Bridge that Carried Us Over” American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2022

Artist/Mother in Conversation panel, in-person and online via Zoom, George Mason University Exhibitions Arlington, VA 2022 

Gallery Talk – Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley” American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 2019.

“Immigration Stories on the ART Bus” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, 2019

Participated on a Preservation Panel, Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD 2017

“Cultural History-Evolution of Neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area” NE and Mid-Atlantic Regional Society for Photographic Education conference, New York, NY 2016

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

Lecture at Tenley-Friendship library on A Cultural History of My Neighborhood,
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.

Photographers Exploring the Family as Subject, Washington Center for Photography, Washington, DC, 1995.

Family – An Artists Interpretation, National Women’s Studies Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Washington, DC, 1991.

Presentation on my photographs at “Viewpoints: A conference on Women, Culture, and Public Media,” Hunter College, New York, New York 1986.

Visiting Artist, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, 1986.

Visiting Artist, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 1984.

Selected Reviews

PhotoBook Journal, December 13, 2023 “Gail Rebhan – About Time” by Steve Harp

Frieze, March 8, 2023,Frieze Editor’s Picks: International Women’s Day Edition” by Angel Lambo

The Eye of Photography, February 27, 2023 “MACK Books: Gail Rebhan: About Time” by Sean Sheehan

James Cockroft’s photography blog, February 27, 2023 Gail Rebhan – About Time” by James Cockroft

Flaunt Magazine, Issue 185, 2023, “Gail Rebhan | The Hyperconcious Cocooning of Time” by Nate Rynaski 

Washington City Paper, February 16, 2023 “Aida Rodriguez, Mother Tongue, and More Best Bets for Feb. 16–22” by Louis Jacobson

Conscientious Photography Magazine, February 13, 2023, “About Time” by Jörg Colberg 

British Journal of Photography, February 2, 2023 “Gail Rebhan’s Frame Narratives” by Adam Heardman

24700 News from California Institute of the Arts, February 8, 2023 “About Time: American University Presents Gail Rebhan Retrospective” by Taya Zoormandan

Washington Post Express, March 20, 2019 “An exhibit on an Arlington bus documents the inspiring stories of local immigrants” by Stephanie Williams

Washington City Paper, December 5, 2018, “The Best Photo Exhibits of 2018” by Louis Jacobson

Washington Post, November 23, 2018In ‘Narrative,’ 14 artists have personal tales to tell” by Mark Jenkins

Culture Spot MC, April 19, 2017, “Remembrance of Things Past, Artist Uses Historic Photos in Modern Context” by Gina Gallucci-White

East City Art, June 23, 2016, “Gail Rebhan, Photographer and Micro-Historian, Pictures the Intersection of NoMa DC’s Industrial Past and Problematic Present” by Claudia Rousseau

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

WAMU radio, April 15, 2011. Interviewed on Metro Connection

NW Current, April 13, 2011, “Local Artist Turns the Spotlight on Tenley,” by Teresa

Gionis, article on A Cultural History of My Neighborhood at American University

Museum-Katzen Arts Center and public art installation at Brandywine and Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Washington Jewish Week, April 7, 2011, “American University Museum Exhibit Focuses on the Past’s Impact on the Present,” by Aaron Leibel

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

Mid Atlantic Art News,, “Top 10 DC Area Art Shows” by Rosetta deBerardinis January 15, 2007

Mid Atlantic Art News, review of “Aging” at Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, December 18, 2006

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.”

Umbrella, September, 1996, review of artist’s book “Mother – Son Talk.”

Dialogue, June, 1995, review of “Art About Life,” exhibition, Indiana University.

Washington City Paper, June 17, 1994, “Present at the Curation.”

Washington Post, November 25, 1993,“The Unusual as Common Thread.”


Emerita Professor of Photography, Northern Virginia Community College – Woodbridge Campus, Woodbridge, Virginia, 2019 – present.

Related Activities

Arts and Humanities Fellowship grant, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, FY 2024

Member, Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition, Bethesda, Maryland. Create documentary photographs and artwork and coordinate exhibitions 2019-present. 

District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities review panelist for FY2020 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program. 2019

Photo-collages displayed on the Humanities Truck, American University Mobile Neighborhood Storytelling System, Washington, D.C. 2019

Photo-collages included in a presentation for DC Design Week by Anne McDonough, Library & Collections Director, Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 2019

Poster Session, D.C. History Conference, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 2018

One of 20 curators for the Alchemical Vessels exhibition and benefit for the nonprofit Smith Center for Healing & the Arts, Washington, DC 2017

Artist-in-Residence, Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, Maryland, 2016-2017

Screening of video, “The Family Tapes,” Freestyle: First Thursday, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1998.

Finalist, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Regional Fellowship Awards – Photography 1995.