Gail Rebhan is a Washington, D.C. based photographer and Professor of Photography at Northern Virginia Community College. She has an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts and an undergraduate degree from Antioch College.
Integral to her various bodies of work is an interest in time and change. She often constructs a conceptual framework that uses sequencing or grids. Much of her art is autobiographical, using her family and herself as emblematic of middle-class, American family. Central to her concerns is an examination of gender and generational roles. With humor, she points out inconsistencies, faults, and problematic behavior from a social, cultural, and emotional point-of-view.
In 2009, she started to create photo-collages examining the cultural history of her neighborhood in Washington, D.C. This expanded to include locations throughout the region. Using layers of various opacities, she conveys a sense that the past never goes away entirely and continues to influence the present. These photo-collages are an unsentimental look at local cultural history and reflect transformations occurring throughout the United States.
Exhibitions include the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria; American University Museum-Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.; and Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Collections include Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven, CT; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.