William S.  Rice

(1873-1963)

William Seltzer Rice was a painter, printmaker, and craftsman, was born in Manheim, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1873. As a child, Rice taught himself how to draw and set up his studio in the corner of his grandfather’s old carriage shop. After high school Rice earned the necessary money for art school by teaching other students to draw. He enrolled at the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art where he was awarded a scholarship. In 1895, after graduation he landed a job as staff artist for the Philadelphia Times but continued taking classes with Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute.