About

Anderson believes in making rather than taking pictures, in creating fiction over fact. She believes in extracting the extraordinary from the ordinary.

 

Born and raised throughout the northeastern US, transplanted in central Mexico,  a member of an aerial circus troupe and mother of teenage girls, Anderson’s eclectic background and interests have influenced the development of her unconventional use of the photographic medium.  Early in her career Anderson made use of medium and large format analogue cameras. Later her style evolved to the use of digital point and shoot cameras as instruments for obtaining photographic data. She takes that data as raw material and masterfully transforms it into complex, surreal compositions.

 

Anderson was born the third of four children to an itinerant ecumenical minister and a literary mother who traversed the US. Anderson's childhood was filled with long unstructured days of roaming throughout and around local woods and lakes of her family's various homes and neighborhoods.

Anderson received a BA in philosophy and linguistics from Connecticut College, and went on to receive an MFA with a concentration in photography from Massachusetts College of Art. There she studied with luminaries including Abelardo Morrell, Laura McPhee, Frank Golke, and Nick Nixon. She taught at a variety of universities and schools including Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Photo Collaborative, and the DeCordova Museum School. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout North America and around the world.

In 2005 Anderson moved from Boston to San Miguel de Allende, where she birthed and raised two daughters. Although she works primarily as a visual artist, Anderson also designs collections of wallpapers, lampshades, and objets d’art. Trained as a photographer, she is also a master printer, an accomplished dancer, and aerialist. She lives with her two daughters on a ranchito just outside San Miguel de Allende, where they all feel lucky to have integrated into the magic of Mexico.

To acquire works or receive more information,  please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page. Thank you!

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Affiliated businesses:

Objet's d'Art - Lampshades, Wallpapers, Wearables, Bags (by RAD: Ri Anderson Designs)

Master Printing

Website Design


Pet Snapshots to Art: Beneath the Fur Pet Art

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education 

2005

MFA, Massachusetts College of Art

Awards 

2016

Critical Mass Finalist

2011

Critical Mass Finalist

2007

Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant Finalist, Photography

2006

Critical Mass Finalist

2004

New York Times Student Photography Finalist

1997

Best of Show, The Art of Love, Bernard Toale juror

1996

Ernst Haas Golden Light Award Honorable Mention, Top 100 Photographers

1995

Jean and Kahlil Gibran Award, Copley Society of Boston

Exhibitions 

Solo

2022

Museo de la Mujer, Mexico City, Mexico | Ri Anderson - Sueño liminal

Casa de la Cultura San Pedro, Monterrey, Nuevo León Mexico | Ri Anderson - Betwixt & Mariposas

Casa de la Cultura Vista Montaña, Monterrey, Nuevo León Mexico | Ri Anderson - Betwixt & Mariposas

Casa de la Cultura Cima, Monterrey, Nuevo León Mexico | Ri Anderson - Betwixt & Mariposas

2019

Galería Intersección, SMA, Gto. Mexico | Ri Anderson - Betwixt

2017

Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Qro. Mexico | Sangre de mi Sangre

2015

Bellas Artes El Nigromante, SMA, Gto.  Mexico | Sangre de mi Sangre

2014

Griffin Museum of Photography at Digital Silver Imaging, Belmont, MA, USA | Mexican Parlour Games/Secret Sibling World

Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX, USA | Ri Anderson

2012

Galería 6, Mineral de Pozos,  Gto. Mexico | Ri Anderson

2005

La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, On. Canada | Ri Anderson

Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, USA | MFA Thesis Exhibition

2004

Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA, USA | Ri Anderson

2002

2000

Studio Soto, Boston, MA, USA | Ri Anderson: Recent Work

Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, USA | 2000 Decordova Annual Exhibition

Group

2022

Calderoni Fine Contemporary Art, San Miguel de Allende, MX | Mujeres en el Arte 2022

Galería Ana Julia Aguado Fine Art, San Miguel de Allende, MX  | Colectiva San Miguel 2

Senando de la República, Mexico City, MX | Group Exhibition Fundraiser

ART San Miguel Contemporary Art Fair, San Miguel de Allende, MX

Galería Blue Moon, San Miguel de Allende, MX | Erotika

Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA USA | Realism Reboot, curated by Kat O'Connor

2020

Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA USA | Realism, curated by Kat O'Connor

2018

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA USA | Lived Space: Humans and Architecture

La Huipilista Artspace, SMA, Gto. MX | Take a Chair Collective

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT USA | Myths, Legends, and Dreams, Amy Holmes juror

2017

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao China | Old School New School

2016

2013

2009

2008

2007

Studio Soto, Boston MA USA | Lunenburg

Galería 6, Minerál de Pozos, Gto.  MX | Mellow Yellow Pink Trapeze

Photographic Resource Center, Boston MA USA | First Annual Photographic Resource Center Juried Publication

Trustman Art Gallery @ Simmons College, Boston MA USA | Uncommon Denominator

Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown MA USA | In Sights: Photography by Award-Winning Massachusetts Artists

Cushing-Martin Gallery, Stonehill College, Easton MA USA | Staged: Constructed Narrative in Contemporary Photography

2006-07

2006

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA USA | Approaches to Narrative

Griffin Museum of Photography,Winchester MA USA | 12th Juried Exhibition, Bonni Benrubi juror

Photographic Resource Center, Boston MA USA | PRC Members' Exhibition, Jeanine Fijol juror, Photo District News

Studio Soto, Boston MA USA | Lunenburg Revisited

2005

Flying Space, Sag Harbor NY USA | Bedtime Stories, Invitational Group Show

Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA USA | Stranger than Fiction

2004

Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA USA | Project Pittsfield

Fort Point Art Community (FPAC) Gallery, Boston MA USA | Open Studios Group Show

Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA USA | Unsettled Domisticities

2002

Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton MA USA | Almost Home

DeCordova Museum, Lincol  MA USA | Alone: Images of Isolation from the Permanent Collection

Studio Soto,  Boston MA USA | Tainted Love

New England School of Art & Design, Boston MA USA | Digital City: New Squirts for Now People

2001

Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston MA USA | Boston Drawing Project Inaugural Exhibition

Gallery @ Green Street, Boston MA USA | 150 x 150

Lillian Immig Gallery, Emmanuel College, Boston MA USA | Pinhole Madness

Copley Society, Boston MA USA | A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Photography

2000

Contemporary Artist Center, North Adams  MA USA | What's the Big Idea?

Studio Soto, Boston  MA USA | The I of the Beholder

1999

Federal Reserve Bank Gallery, Boston  MA USA | Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show

1998

Kingston Gallery, Boston  MA USA | New Art '98

Viridian Artists, New York NY  USA | Viridian Ninth Annual National Exhibition

Copley Society of Boston, Boston  MA USA | Manifest '98: A Biennial Survey of Contemporary Visual Art

1997

Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge  MA USA | Fin de Siecle: Trends of the Nineties

Bernard. Toale Gallery, Boston  MA USA | In Dialogue: New England Women and Photography

Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge  MA USA | The Art of Love

Midtown Plaza Galleries, Atlanta GA USA | Revealing Regionalism: Contemporary Documentary Photography

1995

Copley Society of Boston, Boston  MA USA | Manifest 95: Exploring the Non-Traditional Visual Arts

Publications

2022

LensCulture | Art Photography Competition Gallery

En Conmemoración del Día Mundial de la Lucha Conta el Cáncer | Exposición Voluntad en Movimiento, Sumando Soluciones, Senado de la República CDMX, p. 7

2021

2020

2019

Real Creatieve Magazine Issue 7 (pages 34-39) | Ri Anderson, Interview by Lon Levin

LensCulture | Journeys Competition Gallery

LensCulture | Art Photography Competition Gallery

2018

2017

Myths, Legends, and Dreams Catalogue (USA) | Essay by Amy Holmes George

Printmaking Today (UK) | 'Sweat Drawings' Ri Anderson

BETA - Developments in Photography Issue 22 pages 38-57 (Australia) | 'Sweat Drawings' Ri Anderson

Pingyao International Photography Festival Catalogue (China) | Old School/New School

2005

2000

MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalogue (USA) | Ri Anderson

DeCordova Annual Exhibition Catalogue (USA) | Ri Anderson

Press

2022

Lokkal Magazine,  SMA Gto. MX (Aug. 2022) | Betwixt: Shifting Parameters of Home, David Fialk

Atención San Miguel, SMA Gto. MX (April 18) | Feria de Arte Contemporáneo, Julia Aguado

2019

Atención San Miguel, SMA Gto. MX (Nov. 8) | Iconic Symbols and the Bewitchment of Childhood Infuse Artists' Joint Exhibition, Margot Duell

2017

Atención San Miguel, SMA Gto. MX (Jan. 20) | The Digital Embroidery of Ri Anderson: Blood of My Blood, Valerie Mejer

2016

Atención San Miguel, SMA Gto. MX (march 11) | Matrilineages, Raisha Andeferg

2015

Atención San Miguel, SMA Gto. MX (April 17) | Blood of My Blood, Nicole Findlay

2014

Atención San Miguel, SMA Gto. MX (March 13) | Exporations of the Sacred and Profane, Nicole Findlay

2013

Atención San Miguel, SMA Gto. MX (July) | Mellow Yellow Pink Trapeze, Nick Hamblen

2012

Atención San Miguel, SMA Gto. MX (Aug. 31) | Ri Anderson & Larimer Richards at Galería 6, Nick Hamblen

2005

Ottawa Xpress, Ottawa, On, CAN (Dec. 1) | Death Becomes Her: Ri Anderson at La Petite Mort, Dale Smith

Boston Globe (May 6) | 5 Degrees of Inspiration, Cate McQuaid

2002

Art New England (Oct./Nov.) | Photography, Emily Belz

Art New England (Aug./Sept.) | Studio Soto/Boston Ri Anderson: Recent Work, Lisa Amato

Boston Herald (June 7) | Photo Exhibit Makes You Feel at 'Home,' Joanne Silver

2001

Boston Globe (Sept. 27) | Pinhole Vision, Cate McQuaid

2001

Boston Globe (Sept. 27) | Pinhole Vision, Cate McQuaid

2000

Time Out New York (Aug. 10-17) | Small Town Color, Valerie Stivers

Boston Sunday Globe (July 23) | Art's the Big Idea in North Adams, Cate McQuaid

The Advocate Williamstown & N. Adams (July 12) | What Happens When Artists Interact With a Berkshire City?, Mark E. Rondeau

The Advocate (July 12) | Visiting Artists Express Their Impressions of North Adams, Mark E. Rondeau

Harvard Post (June 30) | Museums, Kathryn Liebowitz

Boston Globe (June 23) | Disparate Solo Shows Strong at DeCordova: Murder, Ants & Clay Mutants at DeCordova Museum, Cate McQuaid

Worcester Phoenix (June 2) | Bug-eyed: The Insect makes its Debut at DeCordova's Annual Exhibition, Leon Nigrosh

Framingham Metrowest Daily News (June 1) | Art all Over, Naomi R. Kooker

Boston Herald (May 26) | Babies and Beehives Create Buzz at DeCordova Show, Joanne Silver

Boston Sunday Globe (May 14)

1997

Art Papers (Sept./Oct.) | Revealing Regionalism, Susan Todd-Raque

Atlanta Magazine (June) | Not a Pretty Picture, Lee Walburn

Museum Permanent Collections

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA USA

DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA USA

Visiting Artist Lectures

2022

Museo de la Mujer | Artist Talk in conjunction with Opening Reception of Sueño Liminal, solo show, Mexico City, MX

2021

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops | Artist Talk, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., MX

2017

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao China | Artist Talk, Old School/New School

2005

Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA USA | Artist Talk, The Contemporary Portrait

2001

Emmanuel College, Boston MA USA | Guest Speaker, Pinhole Madness

2000

2014

1999

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA USA | Artist Talk, 2000 DeCordova Annual Exhibition

Tufts University, Medford MA USA | Guest Speaker, Beginning Photography Class

University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA USA | Guest Speaker, Black and White Photography Class

Teaching

2022

Santa Fe Workshops - Co-Instructor, Personal Mythologies: An Interior Journey | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

Casa de la Cultura - Instructor, Digital Embroidery | Monterrey, Nuevo León MX

Co-Instructor, New Beginnings Weekend Workshop | San Miguel de Allende, Gto. MX

2018

Instructor, Photoshop Laboratory | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

2017

Co-Instructor, Self-Portraits as Birds | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

Co-Instructor, Self-Portraits as Bugs | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

2016

Co-Instructor, Manifesting Your Inner Vision through Photography | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

Instructor, Black and White Darkroom | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

Instructor, Pinholes & Photograms | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

Instructor, Photoshop Laboratory | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

2006

2005

San Miguel Workshops - Instructor, Basic Photography | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX

Massachusetts College of Art - Instructor, Intermediate Black & White. Photography | Boston MA USA

Massachusetts College of Art - Guest Instructor, Introduction to Digital Photography | Boston MA USA

2004

Massachusetts College of Art, - Teaching Assistant, View Camera with Nick Nixon | Boston MA USA

Massachusetts College of Art - Teaching Assistant, Visual Language with Sarah Bapst | Boston MA USA

1998-

2002

DeCordova Museum School of Art - Instructor, Adult Basic Photography, Beyond Basics, Portraiture | Lincoln MA USA

1999-

2000

Boston Photography Collaborative - Instructor, Introduction to Black and White Darkroom | Boston MA USA

1997

Harvard University Extension School - Teaching Assistant, Documentary Photography with Jack Leuders-Booth | Cambridge MA USA

Radcliffe College - Instructor, Black and White Darkroom | Cambridge MA USA

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