Sonja Rieger received her MFA from Rutgers University and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Sonja Rieger has exhibited widely at regional and national venues, most recently at the Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in Denver Colorado as part of Denver’s month of photography, and at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, SECCA in Winston Salem, North Carolina; the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana; and the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Other exhibitions of note are at the A.I.R. Gallery, White Columns and the Sherry French Gallery, in New York; at the Jones Troyer Fitzpatrick Gallery, and the Martin Gallery in Washington D.C., at the Fotogalerie Bordenau in Frankfurt, Germany; and in Hitachi, Ibaragiken, Japan. Her work is in the collections of the International Polaroid Corporation, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, and other corporate and private collections.
Recipient of two Individual Artist Grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Rieger has also received grants for projects from the Polaroid Corporation, the Southern Arts Federation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is represented by Guido Maus of Beta Pictoris Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2010 Sonja Rieger was the Honored Educator for the Society for Photographic Education’s South Central Regional Meeting. In 2011 she was given the Honored Educator Award from the Society of Photographic Education in the South Central Region.
Rieger is known for her large color photographs depicting urban Southern landscapes eerily lit by neon lights. She has photographed members of the Platinum International New Comers Pageant, which is an African American Drag competition. The work appears in a catalogue titled Dazzling and was exhibited at Beta Pictoris Gallery in 2010. Recently she produced a body of work called Rally, which pairs large photographs taken at a 1979 Klan Rally with prints of Alabama skies.