Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Ray Rice films
Bulk Dates: 1965-1979
Collection number: MS 180
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 represented in the collection:
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.
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.
Ray Rice films. MS 180. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of
California, Santa Cruz.
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
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
"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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.