Tealia Ellis Ritter 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 interests lie in exploring in both a physical and emotional sense the act of looking and being looked at in return, coupled with the desire to understand the changing nature of intimacy over time. She is presently engaged in a long term project documenting family members in both a representational and abstract manner, with a focus on the physicality and vulnerability of the human body.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently by Aperture, The New Yorker, Women in Photography, The Magenta Foundation, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Taschen NYC, Double V Gallery, France, the Swab Art Fair Barcelona and at Humble Arts “31 Under 31” exhibition. Her work has also appeared in many publications, including The London Daily Telegraph, Mouvement Magazine, Stella Magazine, Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine and The Financial Times of London. 

b. 1978, East Moline, IL


2004 MFA  in Photography/Printmaking, University of Iowa 

2001 BA in Photography, Columbia College Chicago



La Saga II, Double V Gallery, France

Swab Art Fair, Double V Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Ete Indien (s), La Marchande Des 4 Saisons Gallery, Arles, France

Rocket Science Magazine, Issue 4

The Model Family Portfolio, Mouvement Magazine, France

BODY-MARK-LAND, Emmanuelle Oddo/Piece A Part, France

Portraits, The Ones We Love

Fellowship 18, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Honorable Mention

Winter Benefit Exhibition, The Wassaic Project

Benefit Auction and Exhibition, Silver Eye Center for Photography


Vagabond Time Killers, The Wassaic Project, NY

Half Life, Self Publish Be Happy

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


BODY-MARK-LAND, Solo show, Egg Collective, Manhattan

Winter Cling To Parts Of Us, Solo show, the harts gallery, Connecticut

Martin Parr Strange Paradise, Guest Curator, the harts gallery, Connecticut

FeatureShoot, Interview


Abstract, Filter Space, Chicago 

Field Study, Curated by Katherine Ware and Meg Noe, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago

Guest Room, Der Greif, Curated by Kim Knoppers of Foam

Winter Clings To Parts of Us, Feature, Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine, Summer 2015

Tierra Adentro, Issue 201

ART MGT at Architectural Digest


Aperture Summer Open, Aperture Gallery NYC

Top 100 US Photographers, Flash Forward Tenth Anniversary, Magenta Foundation


FT Magazine, The Financial Times of London

Stella Magazine, The London Daily Telegraph


The Live Creature, 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

Light Leaked, Interview 


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

Flash Forward 2011-Emerging Photographers, Published by The Magenta Foundation


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


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 


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

Group Show 21, Humble Arts Foundation, New York

Artist’s Showcase Vol. 1, Published by The Center for Fine Art Photography 


New Works Gallery, Silver Eye Center for Photography


Faculty Exhibit, University of Missouri, St. Louis

Retrospective of Women Artists, Gallery Visio, St. Louis


The Plac Portfolio, Permanent collection of the 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 

“Tealia Ellis Ritter,” View Camera Magazine, March- April, 2004 

“The Art of Self Expression,” featured artist and cover artist, Polaroid Magazine, Volume 26


MFA Student of the Year, University of Iowa

Second Annual Polaroid Show, Ogelthorpe Row Gallery, Savannah 


Photography, The Hudson River Gallery, Iowa City 


The Final Graduation Show, Columbia College Chicago 


Annual Hokin Honors Exhibit, Columbia College Chicago


Adjunct faculty, The University of Missouri, St Louis, School of Fine and Performing Arts

Adjunct faculty, The University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History



Honorable Mention, Fellowship 18, Silver Eye Center For Photography


Magenta Foundation Top 100 US Photographers


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


Winner, Flash Forward 2009, The Magenta Foundation


First Place Award, Photographic Center Northwest Juried Exhibition, Awarded by Juror Marisa Sanchez, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum


Artist Residency, The Silver Factory


The Virgin M. Beall Fellowship,  Awarded by The University of Iowa


First Place Award, Annual Hokin Honors Exhibit, Awarded by  Columbia College Chicago

Outstanding Columbia College Student Award


Academic Excellence in Photography Scholarship, Awarded by Columbia College Chicago