- Chris Castillo
Widely recognized for its International Artist-in-Residence program (which annually welcomes nine artists — three from Texas, three from elsewhere in the U.S. and three from abroad — to “live and create art in San Antonio for two months”), the institution just received a $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for “operational support for artist and curator residencies at Artpace over two years.”
With two exhibitions already on view — local artist Sarah Fox’s street-level installation “She Called Herself Olympia” and “Then and Now,” a retrospective of works both old and new by former resident artists John Hernandez, Ken Little, Constance Lowe, Angel Rodríguez-Diaz and Kathy Vargas — Artpace is set to unveil exhibitions by its three summer residents.
Organized by Jeffreen Hayes, director of the Chicago-based art space Threewalls, the site-specific projects explore “history, place-making and gentrification” through the eyes of Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Botswana/Toronto/Johannesburg), Zoë Charlton (Baltimore) and San Antonio’s own Jenelle Esparza. Thursday’s opening reception marks the revival of an Artpace tradition — a public talk between the guest curator and all three residents beginning at 7pm.
Free, opening reception 6-9pm Thu July 19, on view noon-5pm Wed-Sun through Sept. 9, Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave. (210) 212-4900, artpace.org.