Artist Jonathan K. Rice Showing in Pennington-McIntyre Gallery

The Pennington-McIntyre Gallery on the campus of Cleveland Community College is proud to present the work of artist Jonathan K. Rice April 7 – June 30, 2014. The public is invited to an Artist Talk by Rice on Wednesday, April 23 at 9 a.m. in the Gallery. To view Rice’s work visit www.jonathankriceartist.com or find him on Facebook: Jonathan K Rice-Artist

About the Artist:

As a visual artist, Rice works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. His art has been exhibited in various group shows including the Hart Witzen Gallery, Green Rice Gallery, MoNA (Museum of Neighborhood Art, formerly known as Plaza Muse), AKA Creative, Max L. Jackson Gallery in the Watkins Art Building at Queens University Charlotte, Mooresville Art Depot (Mooresville, NC), Dilworth Coffee (Concord, NC) and Gallery 102 (Lancaster, SC). He has had solo exhibits at Jackson’s Java, Vin Master, Wingmaker Arts Collaborative, The Peculiar Rabbit and University of North Carolina Charlotte Student Union Gallery. Rice says he his use of image, color, composition, and texture are all informed by what he reads, what he listens to, and that which surrounds him.

“I work with acrylics and mixed media, painting and creating assemblage and collage as well. My work is primarily abstract. Through my paintings, I explore the relevance of the indescribable, and work toward the understanding of that which can’t always be understood,” Rice explains. “In this sense, creating art is part of a spiritual journey as I seek to connect the physical and the nonphysical with the intention of drawing the viewer into a deeper understanding of his or herself in relation to the world and that which is physically beyond them.”

Rice’s work has also been featured as cover art on books and in the online magazines The Pedestal, Referential Magazine and Red Headed Stepchild. In 2012 he had a painting selected forinclusion in the annual Art for Auction exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

In addition, Rice is also founding editor and publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal, which he established in 2000. Iodine Poetry Journal has had the distinction of having work included in Best American Poetry 2006, which was selected and edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. Iodine has published noted poets such as Karen An-Hwei Lee, Joseph Bathanti, Rick Campbell, Fred Chappell, Peter Cooley, Kim Garcia, Colette Inez, Ron Koertge, Dorianne Laux, R.T. Smith, Shelby Stephenson, Virgil Suarez, among many other established and emerging poets. Iodine has also published many local and regional poets, as well as international poets from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Thailand, Qatar, U.K., and others.

In 2012, Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte awarded him The Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award for outstanding service in support of local and regional writers.

Some of his art has been featured as cover art on books and in the online magazines The Pedestal, Referential Magazine and Red Headed Stepchild. In 2012 he had a painting selected forinclusion in the annual Art for Auction exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

In 2002, he co-edited a chapbook, Celebrating Life, a project funded by Barnes & Noble in celebration of National Poetry Month and in memory of Dorothy Perry Thompson, noted poet and instructor at Winthrop University. He authored his first chapbook, Shooting Pool With A Cellist, in 2003. He also authored, Ukulele and Other Poems, (Main Street Rag, 2006), afull-length collection. His poetry has appeared in many periodicals, including The Aurorean, Blue Unicorn, CharlotteViewpoint, Cold Mountain Review, Comstock Review, Ekphrasis, Eunoia Review, Gargoyle, Kakalak, Main Street Rag, Pedestal, Sacred Journey, San Pedro River Review, Slipstream, and Sundog: A Southeast Review. He has been a longtime host of poetryreadings in Charlotte since 1999.

Although Rice is originally from Indiana, he grew up in south Florida, and presently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and family. He began studying music in high school and college, but ultimately received his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and also did graduate work at Erskine Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary at Charlotte.

Picture included: Wishful Thinking

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