502 Lucerne Street
Artist DetailsName: Edward Rice
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 1983-86
Subject: Landscape, Portrait
Period: 20th Century
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48 1/2 x 48 1/4 inches
Credit: Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Jay Crouse
Born in North Augusta, South Carolina, Edward Rice has been painting and drawing since the age of ten. His early study of watercolor, paintings, and archeological drawings helped prepare him for his enrollment at Augusta College in 1972. There he studied with Freeman Schoolcraft (1905 – 1983) and David Jones (b. 1958). He continued private study with Schoolcraft until 1979. That same year he was appointed Director and Artist-in-Residence at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, Georgia, a position he held until 1982.
Rice is well known for his ultra-realistic paintings of architecture, often of southern locales with which he has a personal relationship. 502 Lucerne Street was at one time the home of the artist’s grandmother–she is the only figure seen in Rices’s architectural works. The building, located in North Augusta, originally served as the city jail and is now Rices’s studio.