Kolya Rice at The Frye

Posted on May 23, 2014, 9:00 am
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As an Art History student at the University of Washington, I have been provided access to a bevy of talented and renowned professors, researchers and graduate students. Those like Marek Wieczorek and Estelle Lingo are leaders in their respective fields, and are known far beyond the university’s reach.

A piece by Susan Robb.

A piece by Susan Robb.

Kolya Rice is another such figure that has taken a prominent role in the arts community in Seattle. While I may be just a face in the crowd to him, I learned an incalculable amount in regards to romanticism, realism, abstraction, modernism, and post-modernism. His understanding, and possibly more importantly, his ability to express and teach these concepts is truly captivating. He places these sometimes obscure theories on the plane of contemporary understanding–fusing everyday life with critical analysis.

While you may not be a student at the UW, on Thursday May 29, one and all have the opportunity to experience this Ph.D. candidate. From 7-8 Pm, Kolya Rice will be lecturing on Susan Robb and The Trajectory of an Aesthetic. The Frye describes the lecture as an investigations of “the salient aspects of Susan Robb’s aesthetic, its development, its relation to other artists’ work and philosophical positions.”

Free tickets may be picked up from The Frye’s Information Desk, one hour prior to the start of the program.


Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.