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I was born in Boston MA, the daughter of an itinerant ecumenical minister and literary mother. Moving from one town to another every year or two left me with both a compulsion for and fascination with filling in gaps of memory, and finding the fantastical in the ordinary. In my artwork I am interested in things left behind, and reinterpreting ordinary events and rites of passage. I believe in making, rather than taking, pictures.

With a BA in philosophy and linguistics, I went on to Massachusetts College of Art where I received my MFA with a concentration in photography. There I studied with Abelardo Morrell, Laura McPhee, Frank Golke, and Nick Nixon. I taught at a variety of universities and schools including Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Photo Collaborative, and the DeCordova Museum School. 

In 2005 I moved with my first daughter to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and here gave birth to my second daughter. I have been living in Mexico ever since where I am raising my daughters and working as a master printer, a designer and producer of custom made wall coverings and

lampshades, and teaching both digital and

analogue photography. And, I am a member of a performing aerial circus troupe, Gravityworks. 

I continue to produce new work which is shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Mexico, the United States of America, Canada, China, and which has been featured in publications from the UK, Australia, and North America.

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My affiliated businesses:

Custom Design Work: Ri Anderson Designs

Master Printing: Ri Anderson Designs

Pet Snapshots to Art: Beneath the Fur Pet Art

5 Day Yoga/Art Transformational Retreat: Launch Joy

For publications and current/upcoming exhibitions please go to correlating page, or visit my blog

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Curriculum Vitae

Ri Anderson Curriculum Vitae



MFA, Massachusetts College of Art



Critical Mass Finalist


Critical Mass Finalist


Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant Finalist, Photography


Critical Mass Finalist


New York Times Student Photography Finalist


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


Ernst Haas Golden Light Award Honorable Mention, Top 100 Photographers


Jean and Kahlil Gibran Award, Copley Society of Boston




Museo de la Mujer, Mexico City, Mexico | Ri Anderson - Betwixt

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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



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

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



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


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


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






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



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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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





LensCulture | Art Photography Competition Gallery

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



MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalogue (USA) | Ri Anderson

DeCordova Annual Exhibition Catalogue (USA) | Ri Anderson



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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




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



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


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

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

Instructor, Manifesting Your Inner Vision, What Insect are You?, What Bird are You? | San Miguel de Allende Gto. MX



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


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



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



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


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

Contact Me

+1 617-308-3689

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