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Ray Rice Films
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ray Rice films
    Bulk Dates: 1965-1979
    Collection number: MS 180
    Creator: Rice, Ray
    Collection Size: 36 films
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection consists of short animated films created and produced by Ray Rice from 1965-1979.
    Physical location: Archival copies stored offsite at NRLF.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research. Public copies have been cataloged separately and are available at the Film and Music Center. Please see the Library's online catalog for call numbers.
    The Archival DVDs stored at NRLF are RESTRICTED.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Ray Rice films. MS 180. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Rice Family.


    Born April 24, 1916 in Elkhart, Indiana. Studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Art Students League of New York, Claremont Graduate School, New School for Social Research.
    Ray Rice spent over fifty years on the modern American art scene as painter, mosaicist and animator of experimental films. Rice moved early from Chicago to New York during the WPA period and then to California. In 1961 he helped found the Art Center in Mendocino.
    Between 1965 and 1983, Ray Rice explored the projection of painting and drawing with sound and poetry in film. working as an individual, he produced over thirty animated films from three to twenty minutes in length. His films first emerged into the underground scene of the 1960s and have since been shown at universities, major art institutions, theaters and on television throughout the country.
    "I have been a working artist all of my adult life, interrupted only by service as an officer of black troops during World War II. After the war I worked with architects on a large scale making mosaic murals and sculpture. During the 1960’s my attention shifted to working independently and on a small scale making pictures that move. My records show approximately 45 16mm films with optical sound, usually in color and using acetate ink on acetate. The films range in length from 2-14 minutes. There was a continuous market for my experimental films on a national circuit of after-hours venues, and I lectured and showed in the United States and Canada through the 1970s. Even though there were still commercial opportunities, I decided not to go that way when the market change affected outlets and my equipment needed refurbishing. My work has now gone to pen and ink drawings and painting, for some reason, on hanging wood strips. Over the years I have also written articles, published poetry under several names, and illustrated a number of fine press books. I am no longer doing film, but there are good pictures there. In 1996 the town of Mendocino kindly celebrated my 80th birthday with a birthday party, one-man show for six weeks and two film showings. These activities ignited interest among young adults in these experimental art films from the sixties and seventies."
    "Some of these little films may be likened to an extension of visual free association; others have had some sort of concept laid out in advance. Both depend greatly on the element of spontaneity and all steps in the making are left open for improvisation." - Ray Rice

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of 36 short animated films created and produced by Ray Rice from 1965-1979.
    Public copies have been created and cataloged separately. These are available at the Film and Music Center. Please see the Library's online catalog for call numbers.
    The Archival DVDs are RESTRICTED.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Rice, Ray--Archives
    Animated films
    Experimental films
    Cinematography, Abstract
    Short films
    Rice, Ray