D. Ryan Allen

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Artist Curriculum Vitae

D. Ryan Allen/ Curriculum Vitae


1993 – 1999 Iowa State University- College of Design

Emphasis on Drawing, Painting and Printmaking


To date, I have taken part in 124 art exhibits. 31 solo exhibits, including the 12 stop Cabinet of Wonders Library Tour and 93 group exhibits, which I was curator for 11 of the shows.

Last five solo exhibits-

2016 Grim Interfaces: The Art of D. Ryan Allen 

Barnes and Noble- West Des Moines, IA

2015 Look Out! Goblins!: The Monster Portraits of D. Ryan Allen

Barnes and Noble- West Des Moines, IA

2015 Nefarious Geek Works: The Art of D. Ryan Allen

Johnston Public Library- Johnston, IA

2015 100: The Art of D. Ryan Allen

Indianola Public Library- Indianola, IA

2013 Whiz Bang!: The Art of D. Ryan Allen

Sanford Museum and Planetarium- Cherokee, IA

Last five group exhibits-

2017 109th Annual Des Moines Women’s Club Art Show

Hoyt Sherman Place- Des Moines, IA

2017 Luminaries: Jim Henson Tribute Art Show 

The Fremont- Des Moines, IA (show curator)

2016 Ankeny Art Center Member’s Show

Ankeny Art Center- Ankeny, IA

2016 Comic Book Heroes & Villains Art Show 

Urbandale Library Art Gallery- Urbandale, IA (show curator)

2016 108th Annual Des Moines Women’s Club Art Show

Hoyt Sherman Place- Des Moines, IA


I’ve taken part in 36 conventions as an exhibitor in Artist Alley.

Last five conventions

2016 Midwest Comicon (Comic Convention) Des Moines, IA

2016 Crypticon (Horror Convention) Bloomington, MN

2016 Roach Zinefest (Zine/Small Press Convention) Des Moines, IA

2016 minICON (Comic Convention) Altoona, IA

2016 Wizard World Des Moines (Comic Convention) Des Moines, IA


2013 Screaming Zombie Head

Zombie Burger Restaurant- Des Moines, IA

2013 Ping Pong Wizards (Half a ping pong table- other half drawn by Van     Holmgren)

Des Moines Social Club- King Pong group- Des Moines, IA

2009 Blue Moon Landing 

Iowa Beverage Systems, Inc.- Ankeny, IA


2011 Shades of Decay: A Zombie Coloring Book

By D. Ryan Allen- Published Vol.1 of my zombie coloring book trilogy

2008 Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead

By Johnathan Maberry- Contributed 16 illustrations to the book


2015 100 Art Shows- Artist Talk 

Indianola Public Library- Indianola, IA

2014 Artist Talk- Art Center’s Summer Youth Art Program

Fisher Community Center: Art Center- Marshalltown, IA

2013 Cabinet of Wonders Lecture and Poly Clay Demonstration 

Winterset Public Library- Winterset, IA


Luminaries: Tribute Group Art Shows

I founded an art group to put on group art exhibits that celebrate the art and works of influential artists who have passed on. The first show in this series was the Luminaries: Jim Henson Art Show.

Toon’d In: Cartoon Inspired Group Art Show

I founded an art group for cartoon loving artists to have group art shows celebrating certain cartoons or styles of animation. There have been 8 shows in this ongoing series.


2016 War Paint! Champion- War Paint!: Bracketed Live Art Competition

2013 Des Moines CityView’s – “Best Artist”

2012 Des Moines CityView’s – “Best Artist”

2011 Des Moines CityView’s – “Best Artist”

2010 Marker Master/Winner- Warpaint: Bracketed Live Art Competition


Available upon request