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Former Football Player to Attend Dinner, Display Art

7/25/2008 —

Matt Rice, a former Penn State football player, will display several pieces of his art work during the 23rd Annual Phil Grosz Banquet sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association – York County Chapter.  The banquet is set for Thursday, Aug 21 at 6 p.m. at the Valencia Ballroom, 142 North George Street, York, PA.  

Grosz, owner and publisher of BlueWhite Illustrated, will be the featured speaker. Grosz, a Penn State alumnus and former lacrosse player, will discuss the 2008 Penn State football season. Blue White Illustrated, which covers Penn State's football and sports recruiting, is a national and international publication published 28 times a year with more than 10,000 subscribers.

In addition to listening to the football predications of Grosz, those who attend will have the opportunity to meet Rice and see his art work.  Rice was a three-year starter at defensive end for Penn State and helped lead the Nittany Lions of 2005 to an 11-1 record, winning the Big Ten title and the Orange Bowl.  Rice graduated with a bachelor of arts in integrative arts and African American studies in 2005.  In 2006 he was signed to the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent; however, he finished the 2006 season with the Detroit Lions.  Rice played with the NFL Europa with the Rhien Fire in Germany and returned to the Lions to finish up the 2007 season.  Football is just one part of his life and art is another.  Rice hopes to combine his talents and draw on football for a series of paintings devoted to his experiences at Penn State.

Rice is putting his focus on painting with the debut of his personal business, Mateo Blu.  He sees art in everything and hopes he can give his perspective to all audiences.   He creates in many mediums but oil painting is his preference. “I want to expose people to different things that aren’t seen on a daily basis through my art,” said Rice.  “The thing I love about my art is that it’s not put into a box, it’s not defined.” 

The dinner event includes a silent auction featuring home game tickets and a raffle offering a set of tickets for the season.  Banquet tickets are $26 for club members and $30 for non-club members and the deadline for reservations is August 11.  To make reservations, contact Ricki Hevner at (717) 843-1061 or mail your payment to:  The Penn State Alumni Association, York County Chapter, Attention Ricki Hevner, P.O. Box 3893, York, PA  17402.

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