Chronology

 
I began to photograph in earnest in 1990, a point in my life when I had recently left my career as a civil rights lawyer and had two young children to whom I was tethered. Initially I intended to make the kinds of pictures any doting mother would, but, in fact, the transition from office to home was difficult for me, and that truth quickly showed up in my photographs. I explored the sorrows as well as the sweetness of family life and, more generally, the ambivalence that shadows intimate relationships. In watching my own children, I was reminded of the conflicts and restlessness that had pervaded my own girlhood. My eye was more that of the child than of the parent, and the domestic landscape pictures strike me now as deeply autobiographical.
   
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Awards

 
2008 Perkins Center for the Arts, Juror's Award for Artistic Excellence, Photography 16 Exhibition, Moorestown NJ
   
2007 Silver Eye Center for Photography, Fellowship 2007, Honorable Mention, Pittsburgh PA
   
2006 Black and White Magazine Excellence Award Portfolio Contest
   
2005 Artist in Residence, Girard College, Philadelphia
   
2005 Independence Foundation Fellowship, Philadelphia PA
   
2004 The Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, Semi-Finalist
   
2004 Perkins Center for the Arts, Purchase Prizes, Photography 17, 18, and 23 Exhibitions, Moorestown NJ
   
2001 Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Artist, Philadelphia PA
   
1999 Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award, Honorable Mention, The Friends of Photography, San Francisco CA
   
1996 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship, Harrisburg PA
   
1996 Leeway Foundation Honorable Mention Award in Photography, Philadelphia PA
   
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Solo Exhibitions

 
2006 Past Perfect, Felicity R. Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia PA
   
2005 Fragile: Do Not Bend, New York University, New York NY
   
2003 Homesick, University of the Arts Gallery 1401, Philadelphia PA
   
2003 Picture Stories, University of Pennsylvania Burrison Art Gallery, Philadelphia PA
   
2002 Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia PA
   
1999 Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville NJ
   
1998 Moore College of Art, Philadelphia PA
   
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Group Exhibitions

 
2008 Emerging to Established, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
   
2008 Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA
   
2008 Recent Pictures, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittburgh PA
   
2007 Growing Up Girl: Photographs by Rita Bernstein, Jeff Hurwitz, and Ellie Brown, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia PA
   
2007 Summer Vacation: Photographs from the Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
   
2007 Fellowship 2007, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh PA
   
2007 Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA
   
2002 Hometown: Philadelphia-Area Photographers in the Photo Review, Gallery 231, Philadelphia PA
   
2002 Perspectives in Portraiture: Photographs by Rita Bernstein, Larry Fink, Judy Gelles, and Michael Smith, Open Lens Gallery, Philadelphia PA
   
2001 Kinship: Prints by Rita Bernstein and Judith Brodsky, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown NJ
   
2000 Photography: Contemporary Prospect 2000, Gallery at Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs PA
   
1998 SIX (The Work of Six Contemporary Women Artists), Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia PA
   
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Collections

Philadelpha Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters Corporate Collection, New Brunswick, NJ
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Education

 
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
 
Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A. in English
 






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