BIO

I was recently awarded a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).  I had previously earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Barnard College of Columbia University; a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and a post-Baccalaureate degree from PAFA.

 

My pictures are in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; and the Woodmere Art Museum.  My work has also been widely exhibited, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Griffin Museum; the Noyes Museum of Art; Fleisher Art Memorial; the University of Pennsylvania; Moore College of Art and Design; and the University of the Arts. 

 

I was selected for the prestigious Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition and have also been awarded fellowships and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; the Independence Foundation; the Leeway Foundation; and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation.

My work is represented by KlompChing Gallery (Brooklyn) and Catherine Couturier Gallery (Houston). 

Born in Brooklyn, I am currently living and working in Philadelphia and New York.

 

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Selected Exhibitions

 

Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, “It is Here, It is Now, I Am,” 2019.

Woodmere Art Museum, “The Woodmere Annual 78th Juried Exhibition,” Eileen Neff, juror, 2019. 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Historic Landmark Building, “Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms,” 2017-2018.

Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA (Solo Exhibition), “Consequences: Photographs by Rita Bernstein,” 2016.

Gallery 339, Philadelphia, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” 2015.

Rox Gallery, New York, NY, “Robert Doisneau with Rita Bernstein, Julian Darwall, and Emily Hope,” 2014.

Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, “Diffusion Retrospective Exhibition,” 2014.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Historic Landmark Building, “The Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women” (curated and catalog edited by Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Modern Art, PAFA), 2012-2013.

Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY, “PhotoEncaustics,” 2013.

Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA (Solo Exhibition), “Undertow,” 2012.

Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX (Solo Exhibition), “Out of Place, ”2012.

KlompChing Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “Art Fair,” 2011.

Gallery 339, Philadelphia, “About Face,” 2011.

Gallery 339, Philadelphia (Solo Exhibition), “Ghost of Summer,” 2010.

Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY (Solo Exhibition), “Undertow,” 2010.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, “Remembering John Cleary,” 2009.

Gallery 339, Philadelphia, “Personal Views: Contemporary Photographic Portraiture,” 2009.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Emerging to Established,” 2008.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Summer Vacation:  Photographs from the Collection,” 2006.

Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, “Growing Up Girl:  Photography by Rita Bernstein, Ellie Brown, and Jeff Hurwitz,” 2006.    

The Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia (Solo Exhibition), “Past Perfect,” 2006.

New York University, Kimmel Center Gallery, New York (Solo Exhibition), “Fragile: Do Not Bend,” 2005.

Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, “Noteworthy:  Award-Winning Images from Perkins Center’s Juried Photography Exhibitions,” 2005.

University of the Arts, Gallery 1401, Philadelphia (Solo Exhibition), “Homesick,” 2003.

The University of Pennsylvania, Burrison Art Gallery (Solo Exhibition), “Picture Stories,” 2003.

Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition, Philadelphia (Solo Exhibition), 2002.

Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia, “Perspectives in Portraiture:  Photographs by Rita Bernstein, Larry Fink, Judy Gelles, and Michael Smith,” 2002.

Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, “Kinship: Prints by Rita Bernstein and Judith Brodsky,” 2001.

The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ (Solo Exhibition), “Friends and Families: Photographs by Rita Bernstein,” 1999.                    

Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia (Solo Exhibition), 1998.

Philadelphia Art Alliance, “SIX (The Work of Six Contemporary Women Artists),” 1998.

 

 

Selected Honors

 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Deena Gu Watercolor Purchase Prize, 2019.

The Print Center 92nd Annual Competition, Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons’ Circle Purchase Prize, 2018.

The Print Center 92nd Annual Competition, Fish/Pearce Award, 2018.

Fleisher Art Memorial, 116th Annual Competition, First Prize – Works on Paper, 2016.                                                        

Photo Review International Competition, Honorable Mention (Brian Paul Clamp, juror), 2010.

Woodmere Art Museum, Purchase Prize, Perkins Center for the Arts, “Photography 28 Exhibition,” 2009.

Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, 2005.

Artist in Residence, Girard College (Philadelphia), 2005-06.

The Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize, Semi-Finalist, 2004.Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Artist, 2001-2002.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship in Photography, 1996-97.

Joseph S. Wohl Memorial Award, Main Line Art Center, “The Power of Paper Exhibition,"1997.

Leeway Foundation, Honorable Mention Award, 1996.

 

 

 

Selected Bibliography

 

The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World, edited by Robert Cozzolino, published by the Pennsylvania Academy

of the Fine Arts, 2012.

The Boston Globe, Identity in the Spotlight at the Griffin Museum, October 6, 2012.

BW Gallerist, On-Site: Best of 2012 AIPAD Show, New York, NY, March 30, 2012.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Galleries: Photographers Reveal What's In a Face - And in Their HeadsJuly 31, 2011.

LensWork Extended, Rita Bernstein: The Psychological Landscape, #95, July-August, 2011.

Diffusion Magazine, Spotlight: Rita Bernstein, Volume III, 2011.

BW Gallerist, On-Site: Rita Bernstein Ghost of Summer, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, November 29, 2010.

Image World, Finity Infinity (essay by Nancy Brokaw), February 10, 2010.

Jonathan Wallis, Assistant Professor of Art History, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia City Paper, 2010.

Philadelphia City Paper, Perspective: Portrait Photography at Gallery 339, October 23, 2009.

Photo District News, 2009 PhotoLucida Reviewers Discuss Their Favorite Portfolios, May 7, 2009.

Black and White Magazine, Portfolio, including Cover Image, August 2006.

Pinhole Journal, Vol.21, No.3, Contemporary Images 14, December 2005.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Rita Bernstein: Young Homebodies, July 18, 2003.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Faces of Portraiture, March 7, 2003.

Photovision Magazine, Luck and Magic: Photographs of Rita Bernstein, July/August 2002.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Rita Bernstein: Faces of Childhood, February 22, 2002.

Shots Magazine, A Few Thoughts on the Work of Rita Bernstein, Gina Kelly, and Linda Smogor by Jock Sturges, September 2000.

The Photo Review, Rita Bernstein, Photographs: Friends and Families, Spring 1999.

The New York Times, Up-to-the-Minute Show With Echoes of the Past, February 14, 1999.

The New York Times, Sensibilities of Childhood Without the Sentimentality, January 24, 1999.        

 

 

 

Collections

 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Woodmere Art Museum

Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters Corporate Collection

Honickman Family Collection

Estate of Felicity Benoliel

 

 

 

Representation

Klomp Ching Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)

Catherine Couturier Gallery (Houston, TX)

 

 

 

Education

 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Post-Baccalaureate Degree

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Juris Doctor

Barnard College, Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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