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Fantastic Fibers

Kim Rice’s large-scale work White Side will be installed at the Yeiser Art Center in Pacuyah, Kentucky. Fantastic Fibers is “an international juried exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium.” This catalog show is put on every April.

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Fictive Selves of Color

Several works from Kim Rice’s series White issues will be on display at the OU Lightwell Gallery as part of the exhibit “Fictive Selves of Color.” The show, presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, “explores how different colors and races contribute to Aesthetics and Ethics in society” and runs from March 6th – 24th.

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24 Works on Paper

A map from Kim Rice’s redlining series has been selected for the biennial “24 Works on Paper,” a travelling exhibition of paper-based work by contemporary artists. The show runs through the end of 2018. See the web site for the schedule.

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New Work

In the 1930’s, as a means to boost the middle class, the US Government started making mortgages available through a program called the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC). In a well-documented process known as redlining, government officials outlined neighborhoods on city maps and then color-coded the areas. The neighborhoods deemed “declining” or “hazardous” were not considered for mortgages—these were the integrated or non-white neighborhoods. Banks and insurance companies followed the example of the Federal Government and did not finance home ownership in these areas either. This practice was legal until 1968. (Although illegal, the practice still happens today.)

I understand that my middle class status, my education, my profession and my ability to be a homeowner today are directly linked to my grandparents’ and great grandparents’ ability to own property.

I explore whiteness because I see it as a missing link in the conversation on race. This matters because we cannot reason about the role the white race plays in our lives until we can collectively see that it exists. My work explores whiteness as a social construct created through the illusion of ordinariness, symbolism, and institutional power structures such as media, education, the judicial system, and property.

Kim Rice
White Artist

Miami

San Francisco

Redlining

Chicago

Lexington

Tulsa

Fresno

Oklahoma City

New Orleans

Seattle

Redlining Installation at Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa OK