About Enid

Enid Baxter Ryce (nee Blader) is an artist, filmmaker and musician. She grew up in a strip-mining town that was also a Revolutionary War reenactment park. Her works have exhibited internationally at venues including the National Gallery of Art and Library of Congress, Washington, D.C;  the J.P. Getty Museum, Director’s Guild of America and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Location One and Academy of Art and Sciences, New York City; Sundance, Park City UT; The Kunsthalle Vienna; The Arnolfini in London;  Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; CCA Andratx, Mallorca

Enid’s work was featured in the Getty Museum’s retrospective of California Video, 1960-present.  Her animation, Olive’s Backyard Concert, has screened in film festivals internationally and regularly on California PBS.  A collection of her filmic art works, A Film is a Burning Place, was released by Microcinema International on the Aurora Video Label.

Enid’s work has been written about in The New York Times, Artforum, Artreviews, The Los Angeles Times, Bitch Magazine and many other books, journals and magazines.  She has exhibited in and curated several museum exhibitions based on her projects Water, CA and Planet Ord including one sponsored by the Irvine Foundation at the Crocker Museum (2011), one NEA-funded at the Armory in Pasadena (2012) and one funded by Cal Humanities at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (2014).  She curates participatory arts and science projects for the biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference, Sacramento.

In 2008, Enid founded the Monterey Bay Film Society was awarded a Federal Stimulus (ARRA -BTOP) grant to fund an ongoing community program of film workshops for over 2000 at-risk, incarcerated and migrant youth annually.  She has received grants from the California Council of the Humanities, Durfee Foundation, Kodak, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Community Foundation, and others. She has won awards for her work as an artist and arts educator from government agencies and non-profit festivals.

Enid has been the Community Director for Philip Glass’ Days and Nights festival since 2013. She also works with the US Army and the Library of Congress to create materials for their archives about Fort Ord

Enid received her BFA from The Cooper Union (1996), was a fellow at Yale University (1995) and received her MFA with a fellowship from Claremont Graduate University (2000).  She is Professor of Cinematic Arts and Environmental Studies and Interim Director of the Salinas City Center for Arts, Culture and Humanities at California State Uuniversity Monterey Bay.

She lives and works on historic Fort Ord, with her husband Walter and their children.