Martha Rial, Workshop Artist (August — October 2016)

Martha Rial first fell in love with photography as a teenager studying images in Life and Look magazines. Her desire to tell compelling stories has taken her from the mountains of Haiti to African villages to the streets of her hometown of Pittsburgh. Rial’s photographs have received international acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for work documenting the lives of Burundian and Rwandan survivors of the 1994 genocide.

She previously worked as a staff photographer for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her work has earned the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism, a National Headliner Award, and the Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors. She has also been named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year.

Recent projects include the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs chronicling the impact of the shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She was also selected as one of the photographers for the Downtown Now Photography Project, a special initiative of The Heinz Endowments.

Rial’s photographs have been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory, Silver Eye Center for Photography, and the Hewlett Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, BNY Mellon, and the Newseum in Washington D.C.

Rial is a graduate of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communications. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA.