Euclidian geometry as the structure of empirical experience is nothing new. Poussin, Cezanne, as well as artists of the Itallian Renaissance seized upon this method of pictorial organization through deliberate compositions and simplified spatial effects.
The Sacred Space oil paintings began as an attempt to define the interiors of identifiable architectural structures by inventing elaborate geometric scaffolding to map the space within the confines of each edifice.
As the oil paintings evolved the walls disappeared, seemingly erased by time, and what remained was the skeleton of intangible space, in essence, geometry as a sacred artifact.
About The Artist
Nancy Newman Rice was born in New York City and was educated at Cornell University and at Washington University, where she earned a BFA with honors and an MFA. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/MMA Fellowship for painting, Artist’s Residency Award at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France and nominations for a Tiffany Award and an AVA Award in the Visual Arts. Ms. Rice has exhibited her work internationally and has had a number of solo exhibits in both galleries and museums including the Saint Louis Art Museum, MO; The St. Louis University Museum of Art, MO; The ReginaQuickCenter for the Arts, NY; The Museum Gallery of Southeast Missouri State University, MO; The Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY, Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis MO, and in Chicago IL; and the Sazama Gallery in Chicago IL. Ms. Rice has also participated in group exhibits in national museums and galleries including, The Woodward Gallery, NY; The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IA; The Wustum Museum of Art WI; the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, MO; The Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery NY; and the Craighead- Green Gallery, Dallas, TX. Her work is included in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Rice has also written articles and reviews for national arts magazines, and The St. Louis Post Dispatch, as well as catalog essays for artists’ exhibitions. She recently took early retirement from Maryville University, St. Louis MO, where she taught painting for 34 years and was the director of Studio Art.
Specialties: Oil paintings, printmaking, portraiture, illustration,exhibition design, writing and editing, art criticism, and catalog essays and monographs.