Etcher, painter, printmaker, William Seltzer Rice was born on June 23,
1873 in Manheim, PA where his family had a carriage-painting
business. Rice began drawing at an early age and had art lessons
from itinerant artists. At age 20 he enrolled at the Pennsylvania
School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia and took classes from Howard
Pyle at the Drexel Institute.
He worked as a staff artist for the Philadelphia Times
until 1900 when he was offered a job in California as supervisor of art
in the Stockton public schools. He remained in that position for
ten years and then became head of the art departments at Alameda High
School, Fremont High School (1919-30), Oakland's Castlemont High School
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