Tivon Rice

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Tivon Rice (b. 1978) is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington's Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media, and a 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar.

Rice's work critically explores representation and communication in the context of digital technologies.  Both fascinated with and wary of the speed of televisual media, Rice creates systems that pair immediate materials such as light, space, and tangible forms with live and recorded sound and video.  With these installations, he engages spectators and participants with direct physical situations, as well as processes that unfold over longer durations.  By activating one’s awareness of color, time and space Rice creates opportunities for dynamic, active viewing.

While his practice is primarily concerned with emerging social relationships to digital technology, Rice draws heavily from art historical themes.   In doing so, he examines the conditions of surrealist and minimalist attitudes in contemporary new-media arts.  This practice informs recent large-scale installations, as well as images and sculptures which incorporate the particular patterns, textures, and processes inherent in digital media.  

Tivon began his exploration of image and form at the University of Colorado, where he received a BFA in both Electronic Media and Sculpture (2000). He continued these investigations in the University of Washington's masters program in sculpture, during which time he began his study of experimental video in DXARTS.

Since earning his MFA, Tivon has received numerous awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, the Boeing International Fellowship, and most-recently a Fulbright Scholarship for research in South Korea.  Rice has exhibited extensively with solo shows throughout the northwest and group shows in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, and Miami.