Linda Pace, an artist, philanthropist and heiress to Pace Foods, left behind a legacy in 2007 when she passed away following a vigorous battle with breast cancer. That legacy is Artpace, a world-renowned artist residency, exhibition and education program located in downtown San Antonio, just minutes from Alteza Residences above the Grand Hyatt.
Linda’s passion for art drove her to transform a Hudson car dealership into a haven for aspiring artists. She envisioned Artpace to be a laboratory of ideas, providing artists from all over the globe with an environment that encourages experimentation as well as growth. Just a block from the River Walk, Artpace strives to engage and educate the public through its K-12, university and community programs. Whether hosting an acclaimed artist or teaching a third-grader the basics of art, the staff at Artpace carries on Linda’s passion to provide art lovers with the freedom to create.
Over the past 20 years, Artpace has gained recognition for being one of the country’s leading international artist residency programs, and it is one of the few residencies in the world that is actually production based. Three times a year, an internationally recognized guest curator chooses three artists to live, experience and create art in San Antonio for eight weeks. Each cycle includes one national, one international and one Texas-based artist. The artists are provided with their own studio space, production money and helping hands from the full-time staff. Once the eight weeks are over, the artists’ works are put on exhibition. Many artists have praised the tight-knit community at Artpace, claiming that they truly had the time and freedom to dream big and create, simply because they knew they could count on their peers and the staff for support and guidance.
Former resident artist Ken Little hit the nail on the head when he said, “Linda Pace was an artist. Artpace was Linda’s biggest and best work that she ever made.” Linda wanted to give artists the freedom to dream, and that is exactly what she did when she opened the doors to the 18,000-square-foot complex in 1995. By doing so, she put San Antonio on the international art world map. Linda Pace’s passion for creativity brought the world to the Alamo City.