Project Description

Travis Rice

 

Travis Rice received his MFA from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Influenced by his background in architecture, his work incorporates 3D modeling to create complex hard edge compositions that give an illusion of space through both form and materiality. This initial digital process allows forms to rupture, fracture, glitch, and pixilate, but the analog translation is meant to always bring the work back to being a primitive human process. Wandering between painting, drawing, and sculpture, Rice investigates various motifs inspired by the southwestern landscape; the butte, the mesa, and the plateau, incorporating media that test codes of taste through finish, color and application. His interests lie in creating a language of image making that speaks to our current digital era, but roots itself in a historical context through analog translation.

EDUCATION
2017  MFA Drawing and Painting, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
2013  Post-Baccalaureate Study in Fine Arts, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
1993  Master of Landscape Architecture Study, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
1991  Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Ball State University, Muncie, IN., Cum Laude

AWARDS & HONORS
2016  Zhou B Spirit Award selected by the Zhou Brothers in recognition of outstanding talent.
2016  Katherine Herberger Student Scholars Award
2015  New American Paintings, Competition Winner, Open Studios Press, Boston,MA (One of 40 artists selected out of 1000 applicants to have their work exhibited in the New American Paintings MFA Annual book)
2015  Arizona Artist’s Guild Marigold Linton Scholarship Award
2015  Arizona State University School of Art Special Talent Award
2011  Voted Gallery Exhibition of the Year by Cityview Magazine

EXHIBITIONS
SOLO
2017  Fodderland, Step Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2014  OBJECTive, CSPS Hall Main Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA.
2013  Accumulation, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA.
2012  Cotton Candy Cesspool, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA.
2011  Contamination, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA.
2008  Topographic Delusions, Hentschel Gallery, Des Moines, IA.
2007  Consumable Fragments, Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA.

SELECTED GROUP
2017  Abstraction in the Singular, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2017  Four Solos, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA.
2016  Chaos Theory 17, Legend City, Phoenix, AZ 
2016  Eleven, Eric Fischl Gallery of Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ.
2016  Lisa Von Hoffner + Travis Rice, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ.
2016  National Wet Paint MFA Biennial, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL.
2016  Texas National 2016 Exhibition, SFA Galleries, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.
2016  Geometry in the Expanded Field, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ.
2016  ExPats, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN.
2016  Grey Area, Three person exhibition with AJ Nafziger/Jessica Palomo, MonOrchid Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
2016  Mas Attack with ARTRA, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ.
2016  Surfacing, An Abstract Show, Brill House, Phoenix, AZ.
2015  InCept, {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
2015  2 Conversations, Two person exhibit with Rachel Goodwin, Step Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
2015  10th International Drawing Annual Publication, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
2015  35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley Univ. Galleries, Peoria, IL.
2015  Order and Chaos, Xico Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
2015  New Art Arizona, Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ.
2015  All Art Arizona Juried Exhibition, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ.
2015  Summer Juried MFA Show, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
2014  Works on Paper, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA.
2014  New Grad Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2014  Texas National 2014 Exhibition, SFA Galleries, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.
2014  46th Clay Fiber Paper Glass Metal National Exhibition, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA.
2012  Artstop 2012, Des Moines, IA.
2012  10 Year Anniversary Exhibit, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA.
2011  62nd Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA.
2010  Annual Large Works Show, Icon Gallery, Fairfield, IA.
2009  Small Works Group Exhibit, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines,IA.
2009  Annual Large Works Show, Icon Gallery, Fairfield, IA.
2007  New Beginnings, Hentschel Gallery, Des Moines, IA.
2007  EVAC City Wide Online Juried Show, Des Moines, IA.
2006  Strands, Art 316 Open House Installation, Art 316, Des Moines, IA.
2006  Multiple Universes, Art 316 Installation, Art 316, Des Moines, IA.
2002  Faculty Group Exhibit, Gallery 181, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
1998  50th Anniversary Iowa Artists Show, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA.
1998  13th Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition, Central Missouri State University Art Gallery, Warrensburg, MO.
1997  Arts & Sustainability in the Iowa Landscape, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA.
1997  Art Show Nine, Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls, IA.Iowa Artists ’97, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA.
1996  Arts in Celebration Fifth Biennial Regional Exhibition, University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
1996  Iowa Artists ’96, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA.

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
Aviva Corporate Headquarters, West Des Moines, IA.
Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA.
Dice.com Urbandale, IA.
Merchants Bonding Company, West Des Moines, IA.
Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, SD
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Corporate Headquarters, Des Moines, IA.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
“The Integration of Thinking and Making: The Generator Project” IVLA (International Visual Literacy Association) 2000 Annual
Conference Proceedings. (co-authored by Michael Martin and Chris Seeger Assistant Professors Iowa State University)

PRESS/DIGITAL MEDIA
Trimble, Lynn, “The 10 Best Artworks We Saw in Metro Phoenix in July 2016”, Phoenix New Times, August 2, 2016.
Jasmine, “Colorful Shredded Paper Installations by Travis Rice” , Strictly Paper, May 31, 2016.
Plancarte, Fernanda, “Travis Rice instaura el dominio cromático”, Fahrenheit Magazine, June 1, 2015.
Ginger, “Colorful Shredded Paper Installations”, HAHA Magazine, May10, 2015.
Voynovskaya, Nastia, “Travis Rice’s Rainbow –Hued Installations and Paintings”, Hi Fructose Magazine, April 15, 2015.
Griffis, Kelcee, “Colorful Paper Installations by Travis Rice Made with a Document Shredder”, My Modern Met, April 7, 2015.
Davies, Craig, “Installations made from Thousands of Pieces of Shredded Paper by Travis Rice”, art-sheep, April 7, 2015.
Nafziger, Christina, “Travis Rice Creates Installations of Rainbow-Like Waves made from Thousands of Pieces of Shredded Paper”,
Beautiful Decay Magazine, April 6, 2015.
New American Paintings, “MFA Annual No. 117,” Open Studio Press, Boston, MA, April/May Edition, 2015.
10th International Drawing Annual Publication 2015, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
Liz Lidgett, “Selfie Portraits”, DSM, Sept./Oct. 2014.
Michael Morain, “Public Art Foundation Commissions Project for Iowa State Fair”, Des Moines Register Blog, August 7, 2013.
Contamination Q/A, Moberg Gallery, 2011.
Jim Duncan, “The Art of 2011”, (2011, December 22), Iowa Artists Blog,
Jim Duncan, “Coming this Week- Serious Fun”, Cityview, July 21, 2011, page 44.
Jim Duncan, “Travis Rice has Serious Fun”, (2011, July 18), Iowa Artist’s Blog,
Michael Morain, “Contaminating Art with Fun”, Des Moines Register, July 17, 2011, page 5E.
“Lines, Angles, Shapes, Directions”, Des Moines Register, July 14, 2011, page 5B.
Brianne Sanchez, “The Future of Des Moines”, Juice, March 31- April 6, 2010, page 21.
“Take a Closer Look and Wash Your Hands”, Des Moines Register, February 24, 2008, pg. 5E.
“Citizen X, Art 316”, Core Magazine, February 2007, page 11.
Molly Reid Sinnett, “Your – Turn Tables”, Do It Yourself , Winter 2005, pages 68-75.
Leveton, Deborah, “Iowa Artists 1998” Iowa Artists Catalogue, March 1998, pp. 60-61.
Inselmann, Andrea, 13th Greater Midwest International Catalogue, May 1998, pg.22.
Leveton, Deborah, “Iowa Artists ‘97”, Iowa Artists Catalogue, March 1997, pg. 50.
Grice, Gordon, Architecture in Perspective12, Rockport Publishing 1997, pg. 114.
Grice, Gordon, Architecture in Perspective11, Rockport Publishing 1996, pg. 115.
Leveton, Deborah, “Iowa Artists ‘96”, Iowa Artists Catalogue, March 1996, pg36.
“Dupont Antron Design Awards”, Progressive Architecture, January 1991, pg. 38.
Emmons, Becky, “Carpet Design goes with the Flow,” South Bend Tribune, June 11, 1990, pg. C6.
Thompson, William, “Student Showdown,” Landscape Architecture, November 1990, pg. 69

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