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Rita Elsner
Washington, District of Columbia

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Through my art I explore representational image making and what lies beyond its surface descriptions.  Aerial photography acts as the underlying framework in my current series.  The triptych, "Beautiful Thing", reconstructs narratives told by my grandmother, alongside themes found in nature.  I encourage the subconscious to play a part in my work, looking for combinations to emerge that describe universal life experiences or qualities of the human condition.  It is my belief that we draw from a common pool of thoughts and dreams to make up one taproot growing through this point in history.


born: 1968, Silver Spring, Maryland


Shepherd University, BFA, AA, 1991.

selected awards/honors

Juror Recognition Award, 1st Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition, University of Maryland University College, 2011
Guest Alumni Speaker, Frank Art Center Gallery, Shepherd University, 2011
First Place Award, 8th Annual All Media Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, District of Columbia, 2006

selected publications

University of Maryland University College; 1st Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition. College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland University College, publisher, p.18, 2011
The Illustrators Club of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia; 5th Annual Exhibition. Washington, District of Columbia: The Illustrators Club, publisher, p. 72, 1992.
Huntington Museum of Art;  Exhibit 280: Works on Walls.  Huntington, West Virginia: Huntington Museum Press, 1990

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Shepherd University Frank Arts Center Gallery: Rita Elsner - Stories in Landscapes, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2011
BlackRock Center for the Arts: Between the Lines, Germantown, Maryland, 2010
The Atrium Gallery: Rendered - Work by Rita Elsner, Takoma Park, Maryland, 2010

selected group shows

Arts Club of Washington: In The Galleries curated by Christopher With, PhD, Washington District of Columbia, 2014
Hood College, Hodson Gallery:  Westmaryginiasylvanington - Regional Juried Exhibition, Frederick, Maryland, 2013
University of Maryland University College: 1st Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition, College Park, Maryland, 2011
Union of Concerned Scientists:  Thoreau's Legacy - Humans and Our Habitat, Washington, District of Columbia, 2010

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