Rita Maas is a visual artist whose conceptually based works playfully constructs imagery using photographic materials and processes. Her work often takes on reductive forms as she explores the gap between representational and abstract depiction. Working within predetermined systems she embraces elements of chance and disorder, allowing her materials and processes to speak for themselves.
Born in New York, Maas received her BFA in Photographic Studies from the School of Visual Arts. She later earned her MFA in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Maas has acted as Visiting Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and served as Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor at College of Staten Island, CUNY.
Her work has been widely exhibited and has won several awards. Her series "Today I Got Up" was recently named a Top Ten Finalist in The Print Center's 95th Annual by David Campany and Larissa Goldston. In 2019 her work was exhibited in a three-person exhibit "Imprints & Abstractions" at Filter Photo in Chicago IL, as well as in the annual FRESH exhibition at KlompChing Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, she was awarded an Honorable Mention from the INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award and was named “One of the Ten Most Exciting Photographers I Learned about Last Year” by curator Rebecca Senf.
Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Creative Center of Photography in Tucson AZ, The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA and Archive 92.
Maas currently lives and works in Westchester, NY.