Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Tivon Rice (Seattle) makes work that critically explores representation and communication in the context of digital technologies. Both fascinated with and wary of the speed of televisual media, Tivon creates systems that pair immediate materials such as light, space, and tangible forms with live and recorded sound and video. With these installations, he engages spectators and participants with direct physical situations, as well as processes that unfold over longer durations. Tivon has shown throughout the Seattle area at venues such as Lawrimore Project, On the Boards, and Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Tivon is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media, and a 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar. He holds a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Washington.

Tivon received 2011 GAP Award funding to assist with fabrication costs, which involves a number of materials, including acrylic, custom electronics, motors, and power supplies. Other expenses include time on an industrial laser cutter to create the instruments and optical discs, as well as three months of studio rental. Survenants/Revenatns no.2 (unexpected guests/returning ghosts) is an installation of kinetic sound and light sculptures to be exhibited in Seattle in Fall 2012.

As part of his Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Tivon created a presentation on his sculpture, video, and installation work for the Lakeside High School Advanced Ceramics class. They had a lively discussion about form and materials following a 30-minute presentation of his work and Artist Trust.

Tivon was recently awarded a 2012 CityArtist Project grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to complete a sound & light installation at Union Station.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.