Rita Bard’s interdisciplinary work incorporates a range of materials and disciplines from drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. She creates work through formal interconnections of materials and ideas that initiate discovery of our human nature and the discovery of relationships to life around us. Her work balances pathos, and more than occasionally, sardonic humor, with nuance and vulnerability to highlight the imperfect nature of an unpredictable world.
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. She a member of the collective ART SHAPE MAMMOTH, a group that is a "creative community with a mission to cultivate radical societal transformation by supporting and performing activities that promote social justice, education and environmental sustainability."
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.