UCSC alumna Felicia Rice (Cowell '78)--manager for the Digital Arts and New Media M.F.A. program-has been awarded a $20,000 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Rice is one of four Santa Cruz County artists selected from a pool of 46 visual artists that will receive the grants to pursue their work.
The Rydell fellowships were established by long-time Santa Cruz cultural icons Roy and Frances Rydell and are administered by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. They are awarded solely on artistic merit by a panel of arts professionals from outside the Santa Cruz area.
A lifelong resident of the California coast, Rice came to Santa Cruz as a student at UCSC in 1974. Three years later, she established Moving Parts Press web site and began her career as a printer, teacher, literary/fine arts publisher, and book artist.
Work from Moving Parts Press has been included in exhibitions and collections both nationally and internationally--from book shows in New York and Frankfurt to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Moving Parts Press has also received numerous awards and grants from organizations that include the National Endowment for the Arts and the French Ministry of Culture.