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About Rice Public Art

Established as a university-wide arts initiative by President David Leebron in 2008, Rice Public Art presents and commissions public artworks, exhibitions and programs that are accessible to all and which underscore the caliber and spirit of scholarly inquiry at Rice University. The collection, which reaches across the Rice campus, is always free and available to students, visitors and the general public. 

A new Rice public art piece from artist, Pae White, will be installed within the Jones Graduate School of Business in February, 2021. The hanging sculpture will fill the rotunda of McNair Hall, home to Rice Business.

Triple Virgo, 2021 by Pae White

About the Sculpture

Pae White, Triple Virgo, 2021

Ink on polished and electroplated stainless steel elements, cable. Pae White has created a site-specific installation for the rotunda of McNair Hall, home of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business. Responding to the existing architecture, ambient light, and the relationship between the elements and the viewer, colorful disks suspended from the ceiling form a dynamic, ever-changing sphere. Echoing the international background and global outlook of the students, faculty and staff of Rice Business, the suspended sculpture invokes the broader world, ideas of the future, and the scale of thought that can inspire positive change.

According to the artist, “My hope is that the artwork will reference a globe in flux, a globe where nothing is solidified or congealed – a colorful, shifting sphere of excitement, intrigue and agility. Surprise blushes of color and unexpected pattern groupings that change depending upon one’s viewing position reference a world of rewarding mysteries and surprises; a world worth exploring.”  This commission is made possible by the Jones Graduate School of Business.

About the Artist

Pae White (b. 1963, Pasadena, CA)

Pae White’s practice often explores the spaces between ordinary objects, subverting expected relationships and inviting viewers to reconsider established perceptions. Through installations that are both playful and poetic, her work explores the intersection between everyday materials and universal ideas through diverse media including aluminum, ceramic, clay, glass, marble, paper, porcelain, thread and neon. White received an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a BA from Scripps College in Claremont, California, and has studied at the Skowhegan School in Maine. She has been featured in numerous solo museum exhibitions around the world, and her work is in the permanent collections of international institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Jumex Collection, Mexico City; the Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Tate Modern, London, among many others. White lives and works in Los Angeles.