Rita Bernstein (Philadelphia, PA) received a BA in English from Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia. She is currently a candidate for an MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, where she was awarded a Post-Baccalaureate degree in 2017. Her work is represented by KlompChing Gallery, Brooklyn, and Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston. Her pictures are in the collections of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia. Her work has been widely exhibited, including at the Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia; and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She was selected for the prestigious Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition and has also been awarded fellowships and grants from the Independence Foundation; Leeway Foundation; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in many publications, including Black and White Magazine, The Boston Globe, Lenswork, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Photo Review, among others.
Rita Bernstein was awarded The Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize as well as the Fish/Pearce Award.