The Art of Carew Rice: Silhouettes of the Lowcountry

Historic Beaufort Foundation will present an exhibit of silhouettes of southern life and lands by early 20th century lowcountry artist Carew Rice at the Verdier House from Saturday, February 2 through the end of May 2013. Additionally, a public program featuring silhouette artist Clay Rice, grandson of Carew Rice, will be offered on February 24, 2013 from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in December 2012.

Carew Rice’s renowned silhouettes capture the lowcountry world in black and white; his bold style of silhouette cutting was previously unseen within his medium. He was called “America’s greatest silhouettist” by poet Carl Sandburg, one of his subjects.

The exhibit “The Art of Carew Rice: Silhouettes of the Lowcountry” is made of a Beaufort family’s private collection which has never previously been shown in its entirety. The exhibit will be on display at the historic Verdier House, located at 801 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 from February 2 – May 31, 2013. More information about the house museum and its hours of operation can be found on Historic Columbia Foundation’s website:

In addition to featuring Rice’s work and a display of his scissors and family memorabilia, the exhibit will include a program and cutting demonstration by Clay Rice, Carew’s grandson, who inherited the skilled artistry of his grandfather. Clay Rice will perform songs and storytelling in addition to his cutting demonstrations. The program will take place on February 24, 2013 from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.

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