“Rainier” by Christine Rice 2017. See more of Christine’s work at @christine_riceee

Christine Rice was a talented young artist who focused on ‘functional art’ that intertwined with her life in the Pacific Northwest. She was becoming known for her block prints and wearable designs when her life was tragically cut short – at age 31 – by an undiagnosed medical condition. Her family, friends, and art community were shattered by her unexpected passing. 

Fresh out of college, Christine got her start through Artstra’s Open Studios program. Preparing for and participating in the Open Studios tour pushed her work to another level and changed how she viewed herself as an artist. In her honor, a scholarship has been set up to encourage other emerging young artists like Christine. With the help of the board of directors as well as Christine’s family, this scholarship will be awarded annually with the intent of giving emerging artists the support needed to help launch their art careers. 

In loving memory of Christine Rice
May 16, 1991 – Sept 29, 2022

To be considered for the Christine Rice Memorial Scholarship, you must be an emerging artist between the ages of 20-30 applying for Clark County Open Studios for the first time.

Scholarship awards will be between $500-$1000.  Funding is to be used to enhance the recipient’s art, including but not limited to supplies, materials, workspace, etc. Emerging artists will be mentored by seasoned Open Studios artists with the option to be hosted in another artist’s studio during the two-day tour. Awards will be given on merit and are chosen on the highest jurors’ scores.

2024 applications open on April 1


(Right to left) 2023 emerging artist Annika Larman and her mentor Pamela Sue Johnson.

2024 Open Studios Emerging Artists recipients Nicholas Dill, Nyssa Medel, and Molly Gustofson

2023 Open Studios Emerging Artist Annika Larman

At an artist talk at Art at the Cave Gallery, Annika spoke about her experience as the first recipient of the Christine Rice Memorial Scholarship. Watch the video HERE. You can read more about Annika’s experience and that of her mentor, Pamela Sue Johnson, in Monica Speakerman’s 2023 feature article in the Columbian newspapers, read HERE.

Artstra board members Jean LaCrosse & LaRae Zawodny, 2019 Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan & Judy Rose visiting Christine Rice’s studio in 2019

Christine was known for her giving spirit, putting others before herself. Please consider supporting future emerging artists and help continue her legacy by donating to the Christine Rice Memorial Scholarship.

Mail to: Artstra, P.O. Box 191, Vancouver, WA 98666


Click the donation button below and from the drop-down menu select “Christine Rice Memorial Scholarship”.