Rita Lombardi received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and
her MFA from The University of Connecticut. She has been the recipient of grants
​and scholarships, including a travel grant from the University of Connecticut, a travel scholarship from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the John Renna
Arts Scholarship, National Endowment for the Arts. She was an artist-in-residence at
​the School of Visual Arts in NY and at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.

Lombardi currently resides in central New York state where she is Associate Professor of Photography at Pratt Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally; in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Louisville, and throughout New England. She has been published in both print and online publications, including F-Stop Magazine, Afield Magazine, Redivider Literary Journal, and Blank Canvas Magazine. Her photographs can be found in private and public collections.