This is the first of a series of UArts Libraries blog posts we’ll write about student artwork in the school catalogs. Some students will be well-known and others less so, but the work will always be interesting.
Our first choice for this series is the 1894 pen-and ink-drawing above of the courtyard behind Hamilton Hall, done shortly after the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now the UArts College of Art, Media & Design) moved from 1336 Spring Garden Street to 320 South Broad Street.
The drawing is by William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963), a noted California printmaker. Born in Pennsylvania, Rice attended PMSIA in 1893-94 and 1894-95, earning Certificates A and B and multiple school prizes. In addition to the courtyard piece, Rice also did the frontispiece of the 1894-95 PMSIA catalog, seen below. Rice moved to California and is known for California Arts and Crafts-style block prints. See https://www.annexgalleries.com/inventory/artist/1988/William-Seltzer-Rice.html for many images.