ArtPace is pleased to announce the recipient of the first ArtPace Travel Grant. Hills
Snyder, a tenured Texas artist, has been both nationally and internationally recognized
for his precise sculptural installations.
In the spring of 2001, ArtPace announced its first annual Travel Grant for San
Antonio-based artists. The $2,500 grant, to be awarded annually, was created in an effort
to encourage an on-going dialogue between local artists and an international arts
community, as well as, to foster development and vision of an artist's career.
ArtPace is committed to the idea of exchange and to supporting Texas artists. Our
International Artists-In-Residence Program, consisting of three separate residencies per
year, each comprised of a Texas-based artist, another US artist, and an international
artist, provides a local platform for international discourse. The Travel Grant continues
and expands this tradition, giving San Antonio-based artists the opportunity to travel
The award, supported by the Fund for San Antonio Artists @ ArtPace, will assist an
artist with travel related to his or her artistic research and growth. This includes, but is
not limited to, participation in out-of-town exhibitions, viewing a particular show or
collection, conducting research for a specific project, or to support other residency
Appropriating signs and symbols from specific cultural contexts, Hills Snyder distills
images to reveal their underlying base structure. Stylized and refined, the images become
formal representations of a site. Snyder's focus on a particular location results in a
distinct pictorial language at once familiar and abstract. In this manner, Snyder has
developed several different projects, such as Gloville, a series of wall-bound sculpture
based on the local community and history of Luxembourg.
This summer with the funds provided by the ArtPace Travel Grant, Snyder will visit
Amsterdam to develop new work based on the city's urban plan and street sounds. His
proposed project incorporates two distinct activities centered on the city's unique layout
of intersecting streets and canals: collecting discarded bicycle parts and recording the
ambient sounds from these locations.
Born in 1950 in Lubbock, Texas, Snyder is the recipient of several awards such as
Art Matters fellowships in 1990 and 1996 and a Mid-America/NEA fellowship for
sculpture in 1995.
His work has been featured in exhibitions at Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX;
Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX; Casino Luxembourg, Forum d'Art Contemporain,
Luxembourg; James Gallery, Houston, TX; and Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York,
NY, among others. Widely collected, Snyder's work is included in the permanent
collections of the Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX; The Microsoft Collection,
Redmond, WA; University of Texas, El Paso; Montana Arts Council, Helena; and the
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY.
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