Jacquie & Uosis
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Biographical Information for Jacquie & Uosis:
Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1970.
2005-Present Professor Emeritus at the Rhode Island School of Design
Previous Department Head of Ceramics and Dean of Fine Arts at RISD
Previously teaching positions at: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Kansas City Art Institute
Recipient of three National Endowment grants.
1995 - RISD Alumni award for excellence in teaching
2008 - James Renwick Distinguished Educator Award from the Smithsonian.
Jacquie Rice exhibits and lectures widely, has her work in private collections and museums and has designed tableware for Grazia of Deruta Italy. She has traveled extensively, recently to India where she lectured at the National Institute of Art and Design. She is currently Emeritus Professor living and working with her husband Uosis Juodvalkis on their collaborative venture Gild the Lily, in Arizona. They currently collaborate on textiles and jewelry combining felting, dying, pleating and computer technologies.
Her work with tableware and linens were at the American Craft Museum, New York, NY in "Objects for Use" 2002. A book about this exhibition published by Abrams, by the same title "Objects for Use" by curator and director of the American Craft Museum Paul Smith, it is also available from the American Crafts Museum. In 2003 Jacquie and Uosis were awarded an Achievement Award by the ACC in Baltimore for their original and innovative work with digital printing.
Uosis attended the University of Chicago, where he was a national award winning photographer for the Alumni Magazine. He then went to Providence RI as the University Photographer at Brown University. Later he started ColorLab, a business he ran from 1973 to 2003. During that time he had close working relationships with many of Providence's most interesting artists and designers. Dale Chihuly was one of those artists and remains a friend and inspiration. During that time Uosis also ran and curated the Silver Bullet Gallery, furthering his muse, photography.
1980 - Uosis took time out from ColorLab to study with Swedish furniture maker Tage Frid at the Rhode Island School of Design. This gave him long-dreamed-of furniture making skills.
1995 - Uosis and Jacquie Rice married and developed a new business producing digitally printed textiles and women's garments for the art-to-wear marketplace.
2007 - Uosis began a course of study of jewelry making at Yavapi College in Prescott Arizona. This jewelry was initially intended to accessorize the printed garments, but has developed a life of it's own.
June 2010 - Uosis and Jacquie presented on their partnership and gave workshops about digital printing for the Art to Wear Symposium at the Textile Center in Minneapolis MN.
Their work with jewelry is currently being represented by Facere Gallery in Seattle as of 2013.