Artpace

Noah Simblist

Three times a year Artpace invites an artist from Texas, another from the rest of the United States, and another from somewhere in the world to live at Artpace for two months and create.

With the spring residency program nearly through, I caught up with one of their artists, Margaret Meehan, to see what she’s creating. First I asked her what the residency program is like, from an artist's standpoint.

“It’s like a really lovely boot camp!” she laughed.

What Meehan is creating has a theme: Women in War.

Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

Chris Cooper Photography

There’s a park in San Antonio that owes its existence to one of the city’s art icons. Being just less than an acre, it’s easy to miss, but I recommend you don’t. To find it go down South Flores to Camp Street, and on the west side of the road, there it is.

"CHRISpark is a privately-funded park that’s open to the public," said Jon Ahrens, the landscape architect who designed CHRISpark.

“Chris was the son of Linda Pace,” he added.

Linda Pace Foundation

A new contemporary art gallery will be opening next month, but it’s unlike most others in San Antonio.

“It will open on April 18 to the public," said Linda Pace Foundation Executive Director Maura Reilly, who detailed the new venue.

“It is a 2,000 sq. ft. space that previously functioned as the Linda Pace Foundation offices, and prior to that it functioned as Linda Pace’s studio," Reilly said.

Pace died in 2007, and had been an active artist herself. She was also an avid art collector, and the new gallery will over time feature her collection.

courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery and Redling Fine Art

Artpace’s spring Artist In Residence Program is winding down, and they do so with a party send-0ff for Liz Glynn, who's from Los Angeles.

“I’ve been here about six weeks and I’ve got a week and a half left to produce an exhibition for Artpace,” Glynn said.

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