Meet Me At State Fair


ST. LOUIS – In the art world, as in life, being considered one of the best never gets old. “It is always gratifying to be selected; it is, in a sense, a vote of confidence,” says Nancy Rice, director of Maryville University’s art and design, and studio art programs, who is renowned throughout the United States for her paintings.

Two of Rice’s works, “Still Water” and “City Rain II,” (shown at right) have been chosen to be part of the 20 St. Louis Painters exhibit, which will open June 8 at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, located at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo. The exhibit will run through mid-September. Museum director Douglass Freed, curator of the exhibit, said he wanted the show to be indicative of the current painting scene in St. Louis. “I wanted to put together a visual documentary of what’s going on currently, almost like a time capsule,” Freed said. “And Nancy Rice certainly is one of the 20 premier painters residing in St. Louis.”

Freed added that in conjunction with the exhibit, a full-color catalog will be published, containing reproductions of each artist’s paintings. Rice’s paintings, which are oil on canvas and measure 34″x34,” are part of her “The City Paintings” series, which will be shown this October at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. “The paintings are pointillist; meaning the points or dots of color are applied one dot at a time,” Rice explained. “The images are produced with separate dots of color that dissolve at a distance, but are quite apparent on close inspection.”

Each panting takes about one month to complete, said Rice, who also holds at Maryville the endowed faculty position of The Eleanor Lawler Pillsbury Professor of Art. “When I am not at Maryville, I am in my studio,” she said.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a private, coeducational institution offering approximately 50 undergraduate, seven master’s and two doctoral degree programs to 3,300 students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Midwest, Maryville University prepares its students for successful and meaningful careers by offering programs that integrate liberal arts with professional studies.

Among Maryville’s most recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. Approximately 15,000 alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.