The invitation for the party, where we asked Artpace alums to share a favorite memory or anecdote.
Joan Bankemper (left, International Artist-In Residence 98.2; New York, NY): "The human experience and the hospitality. I had a four-month-old at the time (Sophie) and people kept saying, 'She's so precious.' When I left, I thought, I should rename her Precious." Anne Wallace (right, International Artist-In Residence 04.3; San Antonio, TX): "Having the level of support and technical support to let me extend my work. It let me push myself. Artpace helps people make their best work. And being with the other residents. It was hard not having enough downtime with the other artists. And it is sad when it's over. It helped me make a big transition in my work."
Joan Bankemper: Sophie's Garden, 1998, installation view, 598 mammoth sunflowers planted on the roof of Artpace. Photo by Seale Studios.
Anne Wallace: el otro lado, 2004, production still. Photo by Wayne Dow.
Margo Sawyer (right, International Artist-In Residence 00.2; Elgin, TX): "Linda's support and love for artists and creativity." At left, Alexander Birchler (Hudson (Show)Room 02.3; Austin, TX).
Margo Sawyer: Ten + One Illuminations, 2000. Gold leaf on steel. Dimensions vary. Installation view. Photo by Seale Studios.
Devon Dikeou (left, International Artist-In Residence 11.1; Austin, TX): "The best part was the entire thing because it was dreamy. It was sad when it was over." Graham Fagen (International Artist-In Residence 11.3; Glasgow, Scotland): "Julie Blakeslee (the party's host) furnished the artist's apartment [I stayed in]. When I think about another artist in my apartment, I get jealous. I also really enjoyed driving to Marfa."
Devon Dikeou: Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, 2009-Ongoing. 56 C-prints of name plates reserving hotel rooms in perpetuity for 56 jazz legends, shipping box, compact discs, two Kenwood speakers, audio. Installation detail. Photo by Todd Johnson.
Graham Fagen: Our Shared, Common, Private Space, 2011. Bronze, enamel, and ebony. 70 x 21 x 21 inches. Photo by Todd Johnson.
Chris Sauter (left, International Artist-In Residence 99.3; Boerne, TX): "Artpace was between directors and Linda was out of town. When she showed up near the end of my residency and saw drywall dust all over Artpace, she got on the maintenance guy. Then she walked into my room and said, 'Never mind.'" Nate Cassie (center, International Artist-In Residence, 97.4; San Antonio, TX): "I have a lot, but the one that comes first to my mind is helping Inigo Ovalle, who was in residence with me, pick up a part of his piece. He kept telling me it was in Houston and we'd drive down and get it. I had planned this whole day thinking we could see museums and have lunch, etc. When I showed up at the crack of dawn to drive with him in a U-Haul, he confessed he had just looked at the map the night before and in fact we were going to East Texas, nowhere near Houston but the Piney Woods, to pick up isolation chambers from a manufacturer there. We did okay anyway and I saw a part of Texas I had never expected to." Ken Little (right, International Artist-In Residence 95.4; San Antonio, TX): "We took a formal portrait of the space with the work in it. I asked Linda, Riley (Robinson), Mike Casey, and Chris and Georgia Erck to be in the panoramic photo. I asked them to all wear dark clothes and Riley showed up in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt."
Chris Sauter: Graft, 1999. Drywall, wood, insulation, and construction adhesive. Installation view. Photo by Seale Studios.
Nate Cassie: olifant/Funhouse, 1997. Oculi, padding, and vinyl on wood, closed circuit television, video animation, and Surround Sound. Detail (closed-circuit camera viewed through oculus). Photo by Seale Studios.
Ken Little: Soaring/The Rules of Engagement, 1995. Installation view. Photo by Jim Keller.
Tony Feher (left, Hudson Show(Room) 12.1; New York, NY): "I had a fantastic time across the board. I know Kelly O' Connor from the Chinati Foundation in Marfa and Steven Evans has been a pal for a century and a half. It softens the landing when you know somebody." At right, Artpace's Amy Austin.
Tony Feher: Installation view of Thomas Hoving. Photo by Wendy Kimura.
Photographer Patrick McMullan with Artpace's Mary Heathcott.
Brian Conley, Nate Cassie, Graham Fagen, Anne Wallace, Peter Rostovsky, Chris Sauter, Margo Sawyer, Corey McCorkle, Devon Dikeou, Riley Robinson, Chad Dawkins, Tony Feher, and Oliver Herring.
— Bryan Rindfuss