Thursday, January 13, 2005

Edward Rice Paintings, 1996-2008: November 6- December 6, 2008

At its location on Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC, if ART Gallery next month will present North Augusta painter Edward Rice’s first solo exhibition in Columbia since 1992. With the exhibition, if ART Gallery will publish a 40-page, full-color catalogue with essays by Richard Gruber, director of New Orleans’ Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and if ART owner Wim Roefs.

The exhibition will provide an overview of Rice’s paintings since 1996 and include Rice’s first strictly non-objective, minimalist paintings, Dublin I, II, III, all of 2008. In addition, the show will contain architectural, landscape and botanical paintings, some done recently in Ireland.

The exhibition runs from Nov. 6– Dec. 6, 2008. The artist’s reception is Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. The exhibition will be at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC.

Edward Rice (b. 1953) has his studio in his hometown of North Augusta, SC, and lives in Augusta, Ga. He is one of the Southeast’s most prominent contemporary painters. Among the museums that have his work in their collections are the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans; the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens; the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta; the Columbia Museum of Art, McKissick Museum and South Carolina State Museum, all in Columbia; the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC; and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC.

Rice has had solo museum exhibitions at the Morris Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum in La Grange, Ga., the McKissick Museum and the Ogden Museum. Rice also was represented in The Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890 – 2003, the inaugural exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. He was included in 100 Years/100 Artists: Views of the 20th Century in South Carolina Art at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, a survey of 20th-century art in the state. “Edward Rice: Architectural Works, 1978-1998” was published by the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, and “Edward Rice: Recent Monotypes,” by the Morris Museum of Art in 2003.

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