Rita Lombardi

Assistant Professor of Photography

What is your name?
Rita Lombardi

What courses do you teach?
Communications Imaging I & II, Photo I, Photo: Color I, and other Photography courses as needed.

What is your educational background?
B.F.A. with Distinction and Honors in Photography as well as Art History from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. M.F.A in Studio Art from The University of Connecticut.

Describe some career highlights?
Artist-in-Residence at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.

List any ‘selected exhibitions’ you’d like mentioned. A sampling:

  • 2012 On Libraries, Faculty Exhibition, Spirol Gallery, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, Connecticut.
  • 2012 The Red Wheelbarrow Pictures, Solo Exhibit, Spirol Gallery, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, Connecticut.
  • 2009 Kin, Art and Shelter Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.2008 Summer Residency Open Studios, School of Visual Arts, New York, N.Y.
  • 2007 Venice: Sights and Sounds, Solo Exhibit, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Mass.
  • 2006 Postcards from the Edge Benefit: Visual AIDS, New York, N.Y.

Do you have a professional website or online portfolio you’d like us to link to? If so, what is the URL?

In two sentences or less, write a condensed version of your artist’s statement.
“I make work that investigates the convergence of private and public space, and that seeks to make the unseeable seen. My goal is to provoke contemplation and a feeling of connectedness between myself and my audience.

Why do you think art is important?
Art provides a space for self expression with no right or wrong answer, allowing for discovery of one’s core values. Art also allows us to communicate ideas without words and across cultures.

What inspires you as an artist?
“Reading great literature. As well as looking at, talking about, and making art; alone, with other artists, and with my students.

List 3 adjectives that describe your current work:
Lyric documentary

What do you think is special about PrattMWP? (OR) Why do you like being a part of the PrattMWP Community?
I am brand new to PrattMWP and looking forward to discovering many wonderful things about the community here. My first impression has been one of a tight knit community of faculty and students who care deeply and are excited about what they do.

What kind of students do you like to work with? What qualities do they possess?
I love to work with students who are curious, who ask questions, who push boundaries, and who get stuck sometimes. When we get stuck it means we’re really trying.