born 1956, New York, USA
Rita Maas received her BFA in Photographic Studies from the School of Visual Arts in 1981. Shortly thereafter she established a successful commercial studio in New York, NY shooting award winning campaigns for major advertising and editorial clients. She earned her MFA in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly Art Institute of Boston) in 2013.
Her fine art work has been awarded numerous honors and has been included in several notable exhibitions. Most recently her work was selected for exhibition in the international photography festival, GuatePhoto 2015, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In 2010 Maas was named by Dr. Rebecca Senf as one of “The Ten Most Exciting Photographers I Learned About This Year,” and was invited in 2015 by Senf to exhibit her work at the Norton Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum. Over the past decade Maas has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA; Filter Space as part of Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, IL; Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY and Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, among others.
Maas’ work is held in the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Lishui Museum of Photography in Lishui, China and the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. She most recently served as visiting artist and adjunct professor at College of Staten Island, CUNY and has acted as guest lecturer at University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
Maas’ work concerns itself with the conditions surrounding photography and examines photographic materials and processes while reflecting upon themes of reproduction, representation, perception, and interpretation.
Artist website: ritamaas.com
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Rita Maas CV [PDF]