Rita Bard’s interdisciplinary work incorporates a broad range of materials and disciplines from drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. She creates work through considered formal interconnections of materials and ideas that initiate discovery of our human nature and our relationships to our world. Her work balances pathos and humor with nuance and vulnerability to highlight the unpredictable and imperfect nature of the world and of our lives. Rita Bard has shown at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Box Gallery, Eight Modern, Launch Projects and many other galleries throughout the US. In 2014, as part of her community art practice she founded freeform art space as a venue for guest curators and artists to showcase 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 throughout the globe every January 17.
Bard was raised in Kentucky, lived in Germany and various US states before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2004.
She holds a BFA from Maine College of Art and Certificate of Apprenticeship of Art Glass Design, Theory and Praxis of Stained Glass Window Manufacturing Staatliche Glasfachschule, Hadamar, Germany.
Bard maintains a very active studio practice at her studio located in the midtown area of Santa Fe, NM.