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Artpace Opens Up the Immersive Artistic Process to Texans

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Do you ever wonder about what inspires art? Or how it is displayed? Who chooses it and creates exhibitions? One organization in San Antonio not only creates shows for artists but also provides several ways for the community to interact with the artists and curators. Artpace is a free resource for all interested in the art world, as well as those who are deeply immersed in it. It’s open by appointment during the pandemic, and free parking is also available.

Founded by artist, collector, and businesswoman Linda Pace and opened in 1995, non-profit Artpace is a gallery for the people which lives inside a downtown, former Hudson automobile dealership. Here, various programs and events focusing on the artistic process are hosted. Community programs through Artpace include events for all ages like K-12, university students, and adults. Additionally, the organization is visible through the city through its annual citywide, family-friendly occurrence, Chalk It Up. Every year, the entirety of Houston Street in San Antonio is covered with chalk drawings and murals by local artists.

Artpace Opens Up the Immersive Artistic Process to Texans

Photo: Visibilities: Intrepid Women of Artpace, 2020. Photos by Beth Devillier. Courtesy of Artpace San Antonio.

Another highlight of the Artpace organization is the International Artist-in-Residence program. Nine times a year, one artist is each chosen from Texas, the United States, and the world to live in the Alamo City and craft an original work of art. These artists are picked by a guest curator. Currently, exhibiting in the Hudson Showroom is “Visibilities: Intrepid Women Of Artpace” until December 27th. On October 31st, a book discussion occurred over “Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists” by Lisa E. Farrington. The public is welcome to chat with others in attendance about this first comprehensive history of African-American women artists, from slavery to the present day.

Can’t make it to San Antonio? The online shop is open for curbside pickup and shipping. Here, you will find works from international artists, as well as locally-made artisanal articles. All proceeds from the shop go toward benefiting Artpace programming.