Rita Koehler, American photographer, was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BA in Psychology and Theology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, completed her MFA in Visual Studies from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA, and completed a certificate program in curatorial studies through the University of Chicago. Koehler situates herself as artist in the debate of what constitutes an intelligible life- one that is speakable, has meaning, and is valued. Her work is known to addresses the political hegemony of our culture through the psychological and theological worlds of inquiry. Koehler believes in civic spaces for providing opportunities for a more inclusive conversation with the community at large.

Recent residencies include Hyde Park Arts Center in Chicago, 516 Arts in Albuquerque, and Flash Powder Projects in Highlands, NC. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country as well as featured in Fraction Magazine, Focal Point, Cooking Light Magazine, and other publications. The body of work Rite of Ordinary: Interior Indiana is in the permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute.