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William S. Rice
(Pennsylvania, 1873 - 1963, California)

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Etcher, painter, printmaker. Rice began drawing at an early age and had art lessons from itinerant artists. At age 20 he enrolled at the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia and took classes from Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute.

He worked as a staff artist for the Philadelphia Times until 1900 when he was offered a job in California as supervisor of art in the Stockton public schools. He remained in that position for ten years and then became head of the art departments at Alameda High School, Fremont High School (1919-30), Oakland's Castlemont High School (1930-40), and UC Extension (1932-43). While teaching, he earned a B.F.A. degree from the CCAC (California College of Arts and Crafts) in Oakland, CA and taught summer classes at that school.

Rice produced a number of watercolors of scenic spots in California from 1901. Wood block and linoleum prints soon became his forte. At the PPIE he was exposed to Japanese prints which impressed him deeply and changed the course of his future work. He retired from teaching in the public schools in the 1940s but continued accepting invitations to teach and exhibit for the next 15 years.


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Late 19th and early 20th century American art with an emphasis on the 1930s since 1977
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