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Artist William Seltzer Rice Oil Study for Illustration 30 x 24”

Artist William Seltzer Rice Oil Study for Illustration 30 x 24”


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Artist William Seltzer Rice Oil Study for Illustration 30 x 24” ....... William Seltzer Rice (June 23, 1873 – August 27, 1963) was an American woodblock print artist, art educator and author, associated with the Arts and Crafts movement in Northern California. Born and raised in Manheim in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Rice grew up with his parents in his grandparent's home on Market Square that had been occupied by his family for four generations. His parents were John Rice and Sara Seltzer Rice. His grandfather, Samuel Rice, operated a carriage painting business in a shop at the back of the property. Interested in painting from a young age, William Rice set up a small studio in the corner of his grandfather's shop. He took occasional lessons from itinerant painters.[1] After completing high school, Rice himself began teaching drawing, saving his money to attend art school in Philadelphia, where he lived with a cousin. He won an art school scholarship, and also got a job with the Philadelphia Times as a staff artist. He began studies in 1893 at the newly founded Drexel Institute, where Howard Pyle was among his teachers.[2] Rice also attended classes at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, now known as the University of the Arts. There, he began a friendship with Frederick Meyer, a German immigrant who later was hired as art supervisor for the Stockton public schools. Career[edit] Teaching[edit] In 1900, Meyer hired Rice as an assistant art supervisor for Stockton public schools, and Rice relocated to Stockton, California.[2] By 1902, Meyer moved to San Francisco, and Rice was promoted to Meyer's job.[3] Rice began a personal exploration of scenic California, visiting Yosemite National Park in 1901 and Lake Tahoe in 1904. He also visited all of the Spanish missions in California. In 1910, Meyer convinced Rice to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area to participate more actively in the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Rice obtained a job teaching art for the Alameda public schools. He fraternized with members of the Berkeley Art Colony and contributed his block prints to their Exhibition of California Artists at the Hillside Club in 1911.[4] woodblock print showing Robert Louis Stevenson's house in Monterey, California R. L. Stevenson house - Monterey, 1915 woodblock print showing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California Night - Yosemite, 1920 woodblock print showing the courtyard of Mission San Juan Bautista in California San Juan Bautista, 1920 . woodblock print showing a glacier in California's Sierra Nevada Source of the Glacier, 1920. Rice spent the rest of his professional career teaching art in the Alameda and Oakland public schools, including at Alameda High School, Fremont High School (1919–30), Castlemont High School (1930-40), and the UC Extension evening classes at University of California, Berkeley (1932–43).[2] He taught drawing and painting, as well as a variety of crafts, including metalworking and leather working. Rice's friend Frederick Meyer had founded the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts, originally located in Berkeley and later in Oakland. After receiving accreditation, the school was renamed in 1936 the California College of Arts and Crafts and in 2003 became the California College of the Arts.[4] Meyer hired Rice to teach summer classes at his school and Rice was able to obtain his B.F.A. in 1929 from the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts.[2][5] Fine art and commercial art[edit] He began freelance writing and illustrating for Sunset Magazine. In 1913, Rice studied design with Ralph H. Johonnot, an associate of Arthur Wesley Dow, who was an early advocate of color block printing in the United States. Rice toured Europe in the summer of 1913, visiting Chartres, Rothenberg and Venice.