PEACE FOR PACE by GORDY GRUNDY
SEPTEMBER 2007; ISSUE No. 7
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PEACE FOR PACE

In our world of much blather and hot air, action is a lightening rod. Linda Pace is one of those rare individuals who took a great risk and made a true mark on the world; her actions have inspired, comforted and educated many. Sadly, this artist, impresario and philanthropist passed away much too early at the age of sixty-two from complications of breast cancer on July second.


LINDA PACE emerges from the 2005 installation 'Book Of The Dead' by HILLS SNYDER [International Artist-In-Residence 1996, 2001 and 2005]


In 1995, at a time of great personal financial risk, Linda Pace opened the doors to Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. While most art programming tends to be self-congratulatory or designed for fundraising, Artpace has a unique mandate: it encourages artists to make art. Today, their artist-in-residency is considered one of the worlds finest.

With funds from the sale of the family business that made Pace Picante Sauce, Linda Pace created an arts institution that burns brightly and affects many. As a result, San Antonio has become an international art center. Many Blue Chip careers have started there; Franco Mondini-Ruiz credits Pace and her efforts for his success. Their list of past and present exhibition artists is impressive and extensive. (Visit artpace.org)
Most importantly and quietly, Pace fostered an enviable, tightly knit artists community in San Antonio. She inspired and encouraged all. Her passing has defined her significance; artist Nate Cassie concurs, “Linda was a huge presence and now we all feel this sense of great loss.”
Pace was a woman of great influence, power and graciousness. “She had a way of making people feel special,” writes Hills Snyder in a personal tribute, “We both believed in providence and the way in which soul cannot be reduced.”

Personally, I found Linda Pace to be courageous and a great deal of fun. Last year, as part of a performance, I had the honor of presenting her with an award on behalf of the Fellowship of Fortuna. The text on the plaque says it succinctly and completely:

“We proudly herald Linda Pace as a Paragon of The Fine Arts. For her bold advocacy of the contemporary fine arts, Linda Pace shall be recognized as a Paragon, a shining example for others to follow.
It is her clear vision that has created the Artpace mandate, which we consider unique, brilliant and aggressive. Her dedication has turned idea into action. Her daring has overcome the great risks of such a venture.
We celebrate the Ten Year Anniversary of Artpace. Her creation has become a local landmark and an international beacon.
Let us raise a toast to Linda Pace, a Paragon of the Fine Arts.”

   
   


VIEW THE AWARD CLICK HERE

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