“Courage and sublimity create a body of work where craft, execution and vision coalesce. The books and broadsides, the images, bindings and typography accrue and bear their own witness to excellence.” —Gary Young
Felicia Rice 1978
Moving Parts Press has published handsome and innovative artists’ books, broadsides and prints under the direction of Felicia Rice since 1977. These editions of new literature, works in translation, and contemporary art explore the relationship of word and image, typography and the visual arts, the fine arts and popular culture.
The Literatura Chicana/Latina Series has challenged and fed the editorial and artistic direction of the press since 1991. Focus and consistent effort over time characterize the press. The work evolves and revolves with the passing of the years.
Felicia Rice collaborates with visual artists, performing artists and writers to create artists’ books in which word and image meet and merge. She employs traditional typography and bookmaking methods in conjunction with digital technology, bringing the flexibility of screen-based design to the texture and history of the letterpress-printed page.
Work from the Press has been included in exhibitions and collections both nationally and internationally, from AIGA Annual Book Shows in New York and Frankfurt to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Moving Parts Press has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including The Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, Elliston Book Award, Stiftung Buchkunst Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt Ehrendiplom, and grants from the NEA, CAC and the French Ministry of Culture.
Felicia explores the book as performance art in her spoken word performance practice. In 2014 Felicia Rice published the artists’ book, DOC/UNDOC, a seven-year collaboration with four others: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Gustavo Vazquez, Jennifer Gonzalez and Zachary Watkins. Through the process of developing this transmedia project, Felicia experienced a profound transformation that led to her work as a performance artist.