The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that works by Clay Rice will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery in North Charleston, SC, from Apr. 1 - 29, 2011. The exhibition is on loan from the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program.

The Lonely Shadow: Silhouette Art by Clay Rice, features original illustrations from The Lonely Shadow, a new children’s book created by the nationally known silhouette artist. This exhibit blends the elegant black and white silhouette tradition with a colorful world in the story of friendship between a lonely shadow and a little boy.

Silhouetting has been in Rice’s family for decades and he has continued to honor that tradition. He learned how to construct silhouettes from his grandfather, Carew Rice, who cut many of the iconic silhouettes seen throughout Charleston. Rice describes his process as a combination of style he has developed and techniques that have been in his family for all these years. “I fumble through it until I get it right and hopefully learn from the last thing I do,” he explains.

Rice’s silhouettes have been featured in Country Living, The Washington Times, The Atlanta Constitution, and Cookie Magazine. He is also the recipient of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and the IPPY Award for Children’s Book of the Year.

The North Charleston City Gallery is located in the Charleston Area Convention Center with free parking and admission during regular Convention Center operating hours.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or visit (