Tealia Ellis Ritter was born in Illinois and currently lives and works in rural Connecticut. Ellis Ritter's work contends with the intersecting roles of the photograph as personal document, familial marker of time and object with physical surface.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently by Aperture, The New Yorker, at PRC: Exposure, on Women in Photography, by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Magenta Foundation, at Catherine Edelman Gallery, by Taschen NYC and at Humble Arts “31 Under 31” exhibition. Her work has also appeared in many publications, including The London Daily Telegraph, Stella Magazine, Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine and The Financial Times of London. 

b. 1978, East Moline, IL


EDUCATION

2004 MFA  in Photography/Printmaking, University of Iowa
2001 BA in Photography, Columbia College Chicago


EXHIBITIONS/PUBLICATIONS

2017
Vagabond Time Killers, The Wassaic Project, NY

On Beauty, Group Show 53, Humble Arts
Future Isms, Group Show 51, Humble Arts
Half Life, Book Review, Strant Magazine
Sarah Palmer and Tealia Ellis Ritter, A New Nothing

2016
Solo Show, BODY-MARK-LAND, Egg Collective, Manhattan
Solo Show, Winter Cling To Parts Of Us, the harts gallery, Connecticut
Guest Curator, Martin Parr Strange Paradise, the harts gallery, Connecticut
Moderator, A discussion with Janet Borden on the work of Martin Parr, the harts gallery
FeatureShoot Interview

2015
Abstract, Filter Space, Chicago
Field Study, Curated by Katherine Ware and Meg Noe, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago
Der Greif, Guest Room, Curated by Kim Knoppers of Foam
Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine, Feature Winter Clings To Parts Of Us, Summer 2015
Tierra Adentro, Issue 201
ART MGT at Architectural Digest

2014
Aperture Summer Open, Aperture Gallery NYC
Flash Forward Tenth Anniversary, Top 100 US Photographers, Magenta Foundation

2013
FT Magazine, The Financial Times of London
Stella Magazine, The London Daily Telegraph

2012
Solo Show, Egg Collective, Brooklyn NY
Look at Me: Photographing Female Adolescence, The New Yorker, Photo Booth, January 4
Third Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia Photo Arts, Juried by Natasha Egan of MOCP and Kathy Ryan of The New York Times Magazine, July 12- September 8
Transient States, SF Camerawork, Curated by Lisa Sutcliffe, Assistant Curator SF Museum of Modern Art, July 10 - August 25
Ctrl + P, 2011 Exhibition Catalog, Catherine Edelman Gallery
Light Leaked, Interview 

2011
Ctrl+P Exhibition, Edelman Gallery, Chicago IL
PRC 2011 Benefit Auction, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
Exposure 2011, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Juror Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker
Women In Photography, Curated by Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips
100 Portraits: 100 Photographers, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Austalia
The Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
100 Portraits: 100 Photographers, The New York Photo Festival
Identities Now, Published by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art
Flash Forward 2011-Emerging Photographers, Published by The Magenta Foundation

2010
Night Gallery Projections, 100 Portraits: 100 Photographers
Corcoran Gallery of Art, FotoWeek D.C., curated by Andy Adams and Larissa Leclair                  

Emerging Artist Auction, Daniel Cooney Gallery, New York                  
Group Show 37, Humble Arts Foundation
Taschen Group Show, Taschen NYC, curated by Jon Feinstein and amani olu of Humble Arts Foundation
16th Juried Exhibition, Juror Joerg Colberg, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston
Flash Forward, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston

2009
Flash Forward, traveling exhibition, Foto Week, Washington DC
Flash Forward, traveling exhibition, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto
Pause to Begin, Booksmart Gallery, Rochester, NY
Flash Forward 2009-Emerging Photographers, Published by The Magenta Foundation
The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, Published by Humble Arts Foundation
Pause to Begin, Published by Booksmart Studio 

2008
31 Under 31, Humble Arts Foundation, 3rd Ward Gallery, New York
Pause to Begin, Multimedia Book, Exhibition, Documentary
Limited Edition Project, Humble Arts Foundation, New York
Hic et Nunc, Here and Now, Co-Prosperity Sphere Gallery, Chicago
The Juried Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle
17: The National Competition, Texas Photographic Society 17th Annual,
Group Show 21, Humble Arts Foundation, New York
Artist’s Showcase Vol. 1, Published by The Center for Fine Art Photography 

2006
New Works Gallery, Silver Eye Center for Photography

2005
Faculty Exhibit, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Retrospective of Women Artists, Gallery Visio, St. Louis

2004
The Plac Portfolio, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers  
The MFA Show, Museum of Art, The University of Iowa
Emulsion Media IX, University of Missouri, St Louis
View Camera Magazine, “Tealia Ellis Ritter,” March- April, 2004
Polaroid Magazine, “The Art of Self Expression,” featured artist and cover artist, Volume 26

2003
MFA Student of the Year, University of Iowa
Second Annual Polaroid Show, Ogelthorpe Row Gallery, Savannah 

2002
Photography, The Hudson River Gallery, Iowa City 

2001
The Final Graduation Show, Columbia College Chicago 

2000
Annual Hokin Honors Exhibit, Columbia College Chicago

AWARDS

2014
Magenta Foundation Top 100 US Photographers
2011
Best of Show Award, Exposure 2011, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Awarded by Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker
Honorable mention, Flash Forward 2011, The Magenta Foundation
2009
Winner, Flash Forward 2009, The Magenta Foundation
2007
First Place Award, Photographic Center Northwest Juried Exhibition, Awarded by Juror Marisa Sanchez, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum
2005
Artist Residency, The Silver Factory
2003
The Virgin M. Beall Fellowship,  Awarded by The University of Iowa
2000
First Place Award, Annual Hokin Honors Exhibit, Awarded by  Columbia College Chicago
Outstanding Columbia College Student Award
1999
Academic Excellence in Photography Scholarship, Awarded by Columbia College Chicago