This summer, Alex Ebstein interviewed Kim Rice for Inertia. Studio
Visits. His review begins:
Kim Rice is an artist who transforms everyday materials and
personal imagery into intricate, often large-scale installations
that explore systemic racism as it has affected physical geography
and personal history. I met Kim through her residency at Goucher
College as the Unobskey Visiting Artist in Modern and Contemporary
Art and had the pleasure of learning more about her work and
process through conversations both in her studio and on campus.
Her labor-intensive pieces are impeccably crafted, drawing viewers
from across a space with their beauty, and delivering their
critical content on closer approach. I met up with Kim in her
studio at School 33 in Federal Hill to continue our conversations
for Inertia Studio Visits and check in on what this prolific
artist is up to next.
Kim Rice is a part of a dual solo exhibition presented by
Accomplished Art Services. Her work can be viewed alongside
Jeffrey Kent’s at 246 W. 16th Street in Chelsea, NYC. Go to
to schedule a viewing appointment.
Works from Kim Rice’s
Inheritance series will
be shown as part of A Thousand Words, Vol. 3, a virtual
exhibition that explores text as a means of commentary and
communication as well as a visual art form. A physical
exhibition takes place at the
in Baltimore in the spring of 2021.
Kim Rice’s work will be featured at the
in Richmond, Virginia in the fall of 2019. The solo exhibition,
which runs from September 27 through October 20, 2019, will
include new work not previously shown.
Kim Rice is teaching a graduate seminar entitled "Art and Social
Change" at Oklahoma University as part of the 2019-2020
Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program. The course runs October 2nd through October 6th
and features guest presentations from several artists and other
figures active in the Oklahoma art community.
Kim Rice’s redlining work
was awarded fourth place at the 32nd annual
international juried craft exhibition put on by the
Greater Denton Arts Council
in Denton, Texas. Juried by Janet McCall, the show begins
February 1st, 2019 and runs through March
The spring 2019 exhibition
will include selections of Kim Rice’s work with
redlining maps. Put on by
North Illinois University Art Museum
in DeKalb, Illinois, the show is guest curated by Richard
Siegesmund, a professor of Art and Design Education with a focus
on “the design of data reports that promote thoughtful public
reflection and discussion.” The show dates are March 28 - May
White Side and The Divide at the Delaware Art
Kim Rice’s large works
will be installed at the
Delaware Art Museum
throughout the fall and winter of this year. The museum's Juried
Craft Exhibition opens October 20, 2018 and continues through
January 27, 2019.
Work by Kim Rice will be at the
Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri
as part of the exhibit Micro Macro, juried by metalsmith
Peg Fetter. The show “will display two opposites: one half
focusing on small works (micro) and the other half focusing on
works larger than 48 inches (macro).” The opening reception on
Friday, August 17 is free and open to the public.
And Now for Something New, a new juried art exhibit hosted by
LeMieux Galleries, will include work by Kim Rice. The show opens on Saturday,
August 4 during the art district's annual
White Linen Night. From
their announcement: “This year's jurors are premier illustrator
and classical realist painter, Michael Deas and
interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator Jan Gilbert.” The
show runs through the end of September, 2018.
Kim Rice’s latest
redlining work has been
selected for the 22nd annual
NO DEAD ARTISTS
exhibit, an “International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary
Art” held at the
gallery in downtown New Orleans. The show opens August 29 and
runs through September 28, 2018.
Closing reception for The Divide at
CANO Creative Spaces
will be held in September. Installed as part of
Prospect.4 Satellite, the piece spans over fourteen 4' x 10' panels. Images and
related work can be seen in the
redlining section of this
This year’s Prospect New Orleans will include new work
from Kim Rice—a 1000-square-foot fiber-art installation—as part
of its triennial Satellite program.
Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp
will feature works from a wide variety of artists exploring the
creation of beauty from darkness and struggle. The show opens
November 18th and runs through May 2018.
Several of Kim Rice’s works will be showing this spring at
Red,White + Blue a national exhibition juried by Camilo
Alvarez. The selection will include work from both her
redlining series. The
show opens March 16, 2018 and runs through April 20. Opening
reception Friday, March 16 at the
Brookline Arts Center
in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Kim Rice’s work “Redlining” will appear in the in the Jodee
Harris Gallery at Seton Hill University in Greensburg,
Pennsylvania as part of a collaboration with the Society for
Contemporary Craft. The exhibit takes place October 26th
through November 21st, 2017.
Kim Rice’s large-scale work
will be installed at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
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.
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
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 January 2018. See the
for the schedule.
Kim Rice’s 11'×19' installation
will be exhibited this November at the Harry Wood Gallery in
Tempe, Arizona, as part of the Fiber Arts Network's 2016 catalog
It Took A While. The opening reception is Tuesday, November 8.
won the Curator's Choice Award in the 2016 Concept/Survey show
curated by Adam Welch. The exhibition is showing through through
July 23rd at the Hardesty Art Center in Tulsa,
Two of Kim Rice's pieces will be auctioned off at
Noche Cubana!, a celebration of Cuban arts and culture, including music,
dance, art, and comedy. The event takes place on Saturday, April
2, at Mainsite gallery in Norman, Oklahoma.
Kim Rice's work is being shown at Mainsite gallery in Norman, OK
as part of the exhibition
Public Narrative: Story of Self, Us, & Now, a show
curated by the 2015 Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellows
to "highlight the complexity of our stories as we look inward,
to the community, and finally, to the future." (source). February 12 — March 11, 2016
Kim Rice's work will be shown at the Seven-States Biennial
Exhibition, opening September 26 at USAO's Nesbitt Gallery. The
show will travel to the Charles B. Goddard center in Ardmore and
closes out in the Musesum of the Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma
on November 4.
Tell the truth, to yourself and to the children — Maya
Like many Americans I was taught the story of the United States
growing up—great founding fathers, equality for all, and hard work
creates wealth—the American Dream. And while there is some truth to this
narrative it left out a large part of history, creating a disconnect in
the America I experienced as a young adult.
By researching the construction of race in our country and my family
lineage: immigrants from Sweden in the 1900s, and Irish and English
settlers reaching back to the 1600s, the divisions and inconsistencies I
experienced began to make sense. Stolen land, the Virginia Slave Codes,
the Naturalization Act, Supreme Court cases that decided who was white,
Jim Crow Laws, and Redlining… America was built to benefit white people
(even as those who were considered white continually changed).
The truth is often held hostage to whatever we accept and believe;
therein lies the tension and the conflict. This work dismantles and
reconstructs the dissonance we experience in our engagement with
truth. School and academic references, family photographs, redlining
maps, court documents, and furniture from my home create a space where
both the past and present reside. Woven, sewn, and linked together, my
work repeats pieces of truth over and over so connections can be made
and intentional conversations started. To have a just and equitable
country for all people we must first understand our history.