Multimedia artist Rita Bard was born in Louisville, Ky and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2002. Childhood exposure to architecture and classical art inspires her work and galvanized her decision early on to pursue studies in creative fields starting with graphic design and architectural art glass. She built a career as a architectural glass artist working for 20 years in several architectural art glass firms in New York and Kentucky. Loving her glass work but craving an in-depth relationship with fine art she chose to pursue a BFA in printmaking at Maine College of Art in 1999, graduating in 2002.
Bard avails herself of the sumptuous plethora of materials, techniques and technologies available to the contemporary artists today - incorporating into practice her belief that art is both a mirror of ones lived experience and is a portrait of the hearts longing for understanding. Her creative expression interfaces digital with the analogue to create a liminal space that serves as an opening where new questions, myths, narratives and iconographies can come into being.
Bard has shown at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Box Gallery, Eight Modern, Launch Projects in Santa Fe and many other galleries throughout the US. She founded freeform art space in 2014 as part of her community art practice: freeform serves as a venue for guest curators and artists to show “commercially risky”, challenging and/or under appreciated artists’ work.
In 2015, Bard initiated the first “Art’s Birthday” Santa Fe event, based on Fluxus member Robert Fillious’ 1963 original concept of “Art’s Birthday”. On this project she collaborated with art writer Kathryn M. Davis, Axle Contemporary, The New Mexico Museum of Art and the Eternal Network- Arts Birthday Global Network Exchange. The original “Art’s Birthday” is an ongoing event that occurs through out the globe every January 17.
She maintains a very active studio practice in Santa Fe, NM.