North Augusta, S.C., native Edward Rice is one of the Southeast’s most prominent contemporary painters. After decades of painting traditional Southern buildings in meticulous fashion, Rice made a turn toward the modern. Since the 1990s, his paintings have become much about shape as he zooms in on fragments of his subjects, eliminating much of their surroundings. In some paintings, Rice turns high realism into a stark minimalist geometry linked to post-war modern abstraction. Many of his buildings have personality beyond their architectural characteristics. They have a human, in-your-face quality, staring out at the viewer. Rice’s solo exhibitions include those at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art, the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum in La Grange, Ga., the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and a 1998 retrospective of his architectural paintings at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta. Rice also was represented in The Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890 – 2003, the inaugural exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.