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Artist CV

Chris Rayburn is an artist pursuing a deeper exploration of the everyday elements of his surroundings. His prints reflect a layered photographic approach to create an immersive viewing experience that invites slow looking and the contemplation of overlooked repetitive forms of his environment.

Currently Mr. Rayburn lives in Iowa. His work is included in the group show Photosensitive at the Olson-Larsen Gallery in West Des Moines. Additionally, works from the series Transplanted, curated by William Carroll, will be shown in September 2018 at the Blackburn 20/20 Gallery of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. He was included in the Silhouette show at the Elizabeth Foundation for the arts in 2014, and has exhibited his work Neighbors at the Rock Island Gallery of Quad City Arts in the fall of 2016, as well as the Moline Public Library in 2017. 

Served as President and CEO of W.G.Block Co., a leading manufacturer of ready-mix concrete and road-building products in the mid-west. In Iowa, with his wife, Mary, he raised a family while creating a large body of photographic work of unique subject matter of the community where he lived. In fulfillment of a board supported exit strategy, the companies of W.G. Block Co. were sold in 2010 and 2012 and Mr. Rayburn was then able to develop his current body of work. 

Lived and worked in Brooklyn,  NY.  Work experiences include The Brooklyn Museum, Charles Cowles Gallery, assisting various artists and managing corporate art collections including, General Electric, the Port Authority of NY & NJ, AT&T and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. He was a member of the Lower East Side Printshop and exhibited both prints and photographs in various group exhibitions in the East Village and beyond.

2012 - Present

1991 - 2012 

1985 - 1991


Iowa State University, 1980 BS Geology

University of Iowa Printmaking Workshop, 1981-1983 MFA Candidate

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