What's in a name?
ArtPace has become Artpace, a small typographical change that signifies a larger shift within the 10-year-old institution that has been funded primarily by founder Linda Pace since its inception. In 2003, Artpace incorporated a governing board that includes artist Isaac Julien, Hare & Hound printmaker Janet Lennie Flohr, and Houston philanthropist and collector Jeanne Klein, among others; it also began to more actively seek private and public funding. In the past year, Artpace, known primarily for its International Artist in Residence program, has expanded and emphasized its educational and communitiy programming, which includes working with students from Fox Tech High School and the street-level WindowWorks installations. Through March, more than 400 VIA buses are circulating original photographs by 19 students, ages 6-19, who participated in the ¿Como Vives?: Luis Gispert workshop this fall. The most recent WindowWorks installation, by Artpace Studio Director and conceptual artist Riley Robinson, is on view at 445 N. Main and 306 E. Houston through April 17. More info can be found on Artpace's redesigned website, artpace.org.
How low can you go?
Break out the beads and lower the moral limbo stick because Urban-15 is bringing the party to you with the "Martian Mardi Gras" celebration February 4-6. From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Urban-15 studio at 2500 S. Presa will be transformed into a Brazilian disco with music provided by the Metaform Collaborative, food by chef Jo Long, and live video feeds broadcasting Carnaval parades from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Admission is $10 per person per night, and masks are encouraged.
For San Antonio's artistic Phileas Fogg, participation is the name of the game. "Instead of saying 'Here I am' I wanted to say 'Hey, come experience this with me,'" says Jimmy Kuehnle of his newest performance art event, debuting February 4 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Kuehnle will take his Art-Making Bike to the streets, sketching a path from the UTSA Fine Arts building to the Blue Star Arts Complex. The bike is outfitted with misshapen gears connected to implements of art that allow anyone who hops on to create a random piece of art for free. Kuehnle himself will be outfitted in a paint-able canvas suit, allowing anyone to channel their inner fashion bug by painting his pants. Look for Kuehnle at the McNay Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and other cultural bastions en route to Blue Star.
Wanted: Hands for boots
The American Friends Service Committee is seeking volunteers to help with an exhibition taking place at St. Mary's University February 11-13. Sponsored in part by the AFSC, Friends Meeting of San Antonio, and St. Mary's University, Eyes Wide Open commemorates the cost of life in the Iraq war by displaying a pair of combat boots for each U.S. life and shoes for each Iraqi civilian life lost in the war. Interested parties should contact Janet and Ken Southwood at 828-1513 or e-mail Bill Wilkinson at email@example.com.
Compiled by: Aaron Block and Elaine Wolff