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. Embracing elements of chance and disorder, she allows her materials and processes to speak for themselves. Working within predetermined systems she aims to extend and test the traditional parameters of photography. Examining our expectations of the medium are at the core of her practice.
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.
Maas was recenty named a Finalist in the 95th Annual at THE PRINT CENTER in Philadelphia PA. Her work was featured in a three-person exhibit at Filter Photo in Chicago IL, “Imprints & Abstractions” as well as in the annual FRESH exhibition at KlompChing Gallery in Brooklyn, NY in 2019. She was awarded an Honorable Mention by The INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award in 2017 and has been cited as “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.