ARTIST EDWARD RICE BESTOWED THE 2014 ELIZABETH O’NEILL VERNER GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR THE ARTS BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS COMMISSION
Artist Edward Rice, a native South Carolinian who maintains a studio in North Augusta, South Carolina, has been named a recipient of the 2014 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts as an individual artist by the South Carolina Arts Commission. This annual award is the highest honor the state presents in the arts, and it recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. Rice has enjoyed a close association with the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, since its founding.
“We are very pleased that Ed Rice, a longtime friend of this institution and an artist whose work has achieved recognition for the region, has been singled out for thishonor. It is both fitting and just, and it is a great pleasure to see him so rewarded. He is well represented in the museum’s permanent collection, and his work has been the subject of two stunning exhibitions over the years,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art. “This award is especially apt since his deep respect for Elizabeth O’Neill Verner as an artist and as a pioneer in historic preservation led him to seek out her counsel when he was a young and aspiring painter. We at the Morris join his legion of friends and supporters in applauding his selection.”
“I first visited Elizabeth O’Neill Verner’s gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, when I was twelve years old. The experience left a lasting impression on me. I was truly in awe of her work. When I was twenty, I returned to her gallery to ask her to critique my latest watercolor. At that time, she said to me, ‘a work of art must do more than talk, it must sing; it must do more than walk, it must dance.’ I’ll never forget that. Then she went on to compliment my painting,” said Edward Rice. “I only have two works by other artists in my studio—a sculpture by Freeman Schoolcraft and an etching by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner—both serve as daily reminders of excellence and dedication.”
Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, for whom the award is named, achieved an international reputation for her art—paintings, etchings, and pastels of South Carolina’s unique peoples and architecture—which captured the spirit of the Lowcounty. Her depictions of South Carolina—particularly historic Charleston residences, its churches, and colorful residents—are Verner subjects that are recognized throughout the world.
This year’s other Verner Award recipients are Cynthia Boiter, Individual; Beaufort County School District, Arts in Education; Elliott Davis, LLC, Business; and the City of Greenwood, South Carolina, Government.
The awards will be presented at a midday Statehouse ceremony on Thursday, May 8. The South Carolina Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala on Wednesday, May 7. The gala, an important fundraising event, supports the South Carolina Arts Commission’s programs. For more about the Verner Awards or the South Carolina Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit
Born and raised in North Augusta, South Carolina, Edward Rice is a contemporary painter who is particularly well known for his depictions of the vernaculararchitecture of Georgia and South Carolina. His work is represented in many public collections, including those of the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, and the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina; the Georgia Museum of Art and the Morris Museum of Art in Georgia; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, as well as dozens of private and corporate collections around the country. For more information, visit www.edwardriceart.com or follow him on Facebook and twitter @EdwardRiceArt
1. Jerry Siegel, Edward Rice, South Carolina, 2004. Courtesy of the artist.
2. Mellowed by Time: A Charleston Notebook by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, inscribed to Edward Rice by Verner
View the work. Meet the artist. Tonight: exhibition closing, the Worlds of #HuntSlonem at the #MorrisMuseum. 6 pm, lecture; 7 pm, reception. Do come!
Congrats to @TimOBrienmusic & @DarrellScott on their Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song, Keep Your Dirty Lights On. See them in AugustaGA Jan 17 @AugustaImperial for the Morris Museum of Art’s Southern Soul & Song concert series. Buy tickets now: imperialtheatre.com
The arts are for everyone, and Bank of America recognizes that cultural resources are part of the foundation on which healthy communities are built. To illustrate this, Bank of America is honored to present the Museum Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visitors will enjoy free admission and holiday happenings at the following five downtown museums and cultural institutions:
•Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St 2nd Floor, Augusta, GA. In celebration of the Holidays, the Morris Museum of Art is offering a full day of holiday crafts, stories, tours of the galleries, an opportunity to view four new exhibitions, refreshments, and special holiday merchandise and discounts in the museum store.
•Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA. We’ve decked the halls and the elves are waiting! Come celebrate Yesterday Today at the Augusta Museum of History.
•Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St, Augusta, GA. The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and Jack and Jill, Inc will present Brunch and Photographs with Santa. The museum will also present crafts, caroling, storytelling, a book signing, free tours, and lots of Christmas cookies and other edible treats.
•Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, 419 7th St, Augusta, GA. Enjoy the house museum decorated for the holidays with fresh evergreens, sip hot cider, and taste period appropriate cookies. Children will have the opportunity to make a special ornament to take home for their tree, to color seasonal images, and to create a tartan pattern in honor of President Wilson’s Scottish heritage.
•Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, 100 Georgia Avenue, SC. The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta (AHCNA) will ring in the holidays with an artisans market and holiday treats for guests on Saturday, December 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. Drop by the AHCNA to visit with local artisans, enjoy holiday music and refreshments, and explore regional history exhibits that are fun for all ages.
Enjoy + Happy Holidays!
Images of Hearth and Home by Eldridge Bagley
On Display through January 19, 2014
Contemporary folk artist Eldridge Bagley was born in 1945 and raised on a farm outside Kenbridge, Virginia. Inspired by his home region, this self-taught artist began painting in 1973. While many of his paintings recall the rural Virginia of his youth, they are not strictly documentary. He uses memory, personal experience, and imagination in equal parts to chronicle a lifestyle that once sustained many, but today is nearly lost to the encroachment of exurbia and the steady advance of the big-box store.
Eldridge Bagley, The Keeper, 1999. Oil on canvas. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.
Interested in books & the future of printing—tonight, view “Out of Print”, a documentary narrated by Meryl Streep. Afterwards, producer/director Vivienne Roumani will answer questions. 6 p.m., Morris Museum auditorium. FREE. http://outofprintthemovie.com