Ryan Whelan (b. in 1991) is an Oakland-based visual artist whose current practice investigates how connections can create a sense of place. Originally from Torrance, California, Whelan moved to the Bay Area in 2009 to earn his BFA in Printmaking from San Francisco State. In addition to his art practice, he has been working at the Creative Growth Art Center since 2015.  Whelan has exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area at pt. 2 Gallery and Hashimoto Contemporary, in Portland at Stephanie Chefas Projects, and at pt. 2 Gallery and Hey There! Projects in Los Angeles.