Artpace’s Annual Happening Dresses to Impress
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison
Leave it to the creativity of San Antonio’s local artists to make camping as the grounds for a glamorous event when Artpace San Antonio hosted its annual Happening fundraiser to support its residencies, exhibitions, and education programs. Artpace San Antonio serves as an international laboratory for the creation and advancement of contemporary art. Artpace believes that art is a dynamic social force that inspires individuals and defines cultures.
The theme of the evening for the contemporary art non-profit was Glamping, or glamorous camping. This year’s event was co-chaired by Artpace supporters and avid adventure-seekers Alice Carrington Foultz and Eric Foultz, while adventure outfitter REI treated guests to an haute camping experience. The night began with cocktails at the Artpace venue amongst the exhibitions of international artists-in-residence Tala Madani, Adam Putnam, and J. Parker Valentine in the galleries. Following that, the evening featured surprise encounters with art inspired by nature and the Wild West, including Jennifer Steinkamp’s Dervish 5 (2004) and Isaac Julien’s The Long Road to Mazatlan (2000).
Guests dined at curated campsites encircled by a caravan of decorated Airstream trailers loaned by area glampers. One-of-a-kind picnic tables designed by 2010 Artpace resident artist Roy McMakin complemented the campsites and were for sale throughout the evening to increase the fund raising. An elevated camp-themed menu featured items such as tea-smoked chicken and braised brisket and s’mores bars from Bakery Lorraine. The dinner culminated in a rooftop dance party under the stars featuring beats by New York-based DJ Zane Lewis amidst a backdrop of campsite lounge furniture, tents, lanterns, and outfitting, all provided by sponsor REI. Major support for this year’s gala was provided by ARIS, Member Argo Group, Rodolfo Choperena and Christopher C. Hill, Alice Carrington Foultz and Eric Foultz, Jeanne and Michael Klein, the Linda Pace Foundation, the Liberto family, Amy and Chase Smiley, and Valero.