Rita Bard is an American-German artist whose idiomatic work focuses on what it is to be human. Her work draws on pop culture, art historical references, and architecture to transform everyday items into visual metaphors of our internal experiences and of experiences of how we live in the world. Her work often reflects conditions back to us while challenging us to question our thoughts and behaviors. Though some of her work can be read as good-natured, tongue in cheek, and humorous she does not shy away from the sardonic and darker aspects of our collective being. In fact, often juxtaposing opposite aspects of our nature in a single work is crucial to her artistic language. She addresses themes through the use of mass-produced objects, painting, and photography. In 2020 she added video to her portfolio with her 1st video Between the Rails in the West.

Her work has been shown at the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, The Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX, Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, TX, EDGE ZONES, Miami, FL. Additionally, her work has been shown in Washington, DC, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and many other states throughout the US.

Bard is an active artist in Santa Fe, NM where she has lived since 2004.

She holds a BFA from Maine College of Art and Certificate of Apprenticeship of Art Glass Design, Theory and Praxis at Staatliche Glasfachschule, Hadamar, Germany.