Rita Ann has many life experiences; from running her own Architectural and food businesses, fundraising for communities and the homeless, gaining a qualification in Radio Broadcasting and producing a documentary for RTE Doc on One, to name but a few.
Having studied Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), she returned to Sligo, Ireland, in 1992 and established her own private architectural practice. Over a 15 year period, she worked on a variety of projects from their inception to completion and collaborated with other Architectural practices.
Having completed a BA(Hons) in Ceramic Design at Limerick School of Art and Design, TUS (Midwest), in 2022, Rita Ann feels she has come full circle back to her creative roots.
Experimenting with different clays and techniques it is allowing her to question, explore and express the essence of who, what and how we are in the world. As a maker, Rita Ann uses ceramics to explore both personal and social issues.
2021 Core Exhibition. Year-end online exhibition 3rd-year Ceramic Design students at LSAD, Limerick, Ireland
2019 Gorey School of Art. Year-end student exhibition in Periphery Space for QQI Level 6 Art & Design, Advanced Portfolio Preparation
1991 A Gateway For Venice, an international competition organised by Fifth International Architecture Biennale. I assisted Vladimir Arsene, Architect. The Exhibition took place in Venice, September 1991.
1990 Designing Urban Housing, Lower East Side, N.Y. Student Competition for 4th-year Architectural students at both NJIT, Newark and Columbia University. The theme dealt with the idea of green space within the urban context. Exhibition and Discussion took place at Columbia University, NY, USA.