Linda Pace, RIP

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Her former professor at UT told Linda Pace he would give her a C if she would give up painting. She didn't give up making art and she never gave up supporting art. Pace died from breast cancer July 2 in San Antonio, a city she almost singlehandedly put on the national and international art map through her Pace Foundation. Pace, heir to that Pace picante sauce fortune, may have had nothing against New York City, but she chose to live, work and support the arts in her hometown of San Antonio and her home state of Texas. Founded in 1995, the Pace Foundation's residency program brings in three artists at a time - one from Texas, one national and one international - for two months residencies followed by exhibitions. Not only has the program bolstered San Antonio's image as an art center, it has been crucial in building the careers of numerous Texas artists. -- Kelly Klaasmeyer

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