Kent A. Rice
Kent A. Rice

Points of View

While I have a fair amount of recent experience with and enjoy the performing arts, my primary interest is visual arts. From many visits to the Art Institute of Chicago during my college days, to art museums being my first stop when visiting a city, it has always been about visual art first and foremost.

I am thrilled to serve as a board member because Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is the only grantmaking organization in the region devoted exclusively to helping arts organizations grow and thrive. It’s a perfect match for my decades-long interest in and support of the arts and artists.

Meet Kent Rice

Kent A. Rice has more than 30 years as a chief executive in domestic and international arenas, working in publicly traded corporations, for the public sector and with nonprofits. He was elected to the Foundation’s Board in January 2019.

Most recently, Kent served eight years as Executive Director of Denver Arts & Venues. Earlier, he was CEO of two companies owned by Liberty Media: Starz Animation and International Channel Networks. He was also Chief Operating Officer of a Norwegian media company and a Division President for Time Warner Cable. Kent has served on the boards of two private corporations and six non-profits. He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres for service to the French government and represented the US State Department as board chair of the Open Broadcast Network in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Kent is a Denver native, with three degrees from Northwestern University: a BA and MA in psychology and an MBA in Marketing. He and his wife, Ann enjoy many of Denver’s cultural offerings including concerts and classes at Swallow Hill and the thought-provoking work of Curious Theatre Company.