Rita DeWitt


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Collage of oils, acrylics and photocopies on paper 22 x 29½ inches.

Signed and dated bottom center: Rita DeWitt 1981.

Hand written text on the work reads: She tried not to think of how many times they had stood in rows, with their skin bare, saluting.

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Rita DeWitt earned BFA and MFA degrees at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Smith College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before taking her current teaching position at the Rhode Island School of Design.

DeWitt uses digital technology and photography to produce works that explore history, memory, and self. She has won several awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work is held in the collections of the Fogg Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. The USM Museum of Art holds three works of this very personal artist.

She tried not to think of how… was acquired by the USM Department of Art and Design at the 4th Annual Mississippi Artists’ Juried Exhibition, 1981.


Cook Library Art Gallery Permanent Collection, Rita DeWitt, She tried not to think, collage