North Augusta artist’s life depicted in new film

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Submitted Photo This 2011 catalog highlights some of the work by North Augusta artist Edward Rice. Rice and the Morris Museum of Art produced a documentary by the same name.

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There are times he might hesitate to paint, but, in the end, he would rather take a chance than stay with a blank canvas.


Edward Rice of North Augusta is a contemporary artist best known for his vernacular architecture depictions of Georgia and South Carolina.


On Sept. 4, viewers can glimpse into Rice’s life when the Morris Museum of Art presents the debut of “Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice,” a 30-minute film produced by the museum. This premiere screening is free and will begin at 6 p.m.


Rice and filmmaker Mark Albertin will answer questions following the film, and a reception will cap off the evening.


The film will show interviews with Rice and pictures of his life and career.


“At a certain point, you must have faith within and the creative drive and the physical drive to stretch the canvas, lay the composition out, make the painting,” Rice said in the film.


“Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice” also refers to a book Rice and the Morris Museum produced in 2011. It was also the title of one of Rice’s exhibits.


Rice’s work is “part of the public collection” at the Morris Museum, according to a release. His art is also part of collections at the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.


The Morris Museum was founded in 1985. “It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South,” according to a release.


It is located at One Tenth St., Augusta.


For more information on Rice or this screening, visit www.edwardriceart.com or www.themorris.org or call 706-724-7501.


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