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Stephen Pace

Statement/Biography


Pace was born in Charleston, Missouri, and spent his youth in Indiana.  He received his first training in his teens from a W.P.A. painter. During World War II, he served in the Army, creating views of combat and local scenery and designing posters.  He became a frequent visitor to the home of Gertrude Stein while on active duty in Paris.  After the war, he studied on the G.I. Bill at the Institute of Fine Art in San Miguel Allende, Mexico, where he became a lifelong friend of Milton Avery.  Settling in New York, Pace studied at the Art Students League under Cameron Booth and Morris Kantor as well as Hans Hofmann’s school.

Inspired by his studies with Hans Hofmann, Pace’s work from the 1950s is characterized by dynamic brush strokes, shifting planes of color, and pulsating jagged forms. In a 1959 article from Look magazine, Hofmann referred to Pace as one of his most talented pupils. In 1961, the critic, Thomas B. Hess, called Pace a “brilliant member of the second generation of New York School painters that burst on the scene, in the early 1950s, fully made, as if from the forehead of the Statue of Liberty.”

Over the course of his career, he taught at many institutions, including American University, Washington, DC; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Pratt Institute, New York; University of California, Berkeley, California; and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Throughout his career, numerous solo exhibitions of his work were held at museums and galleries.  He took part in historic exhibitions at the Stable and Tanager galleries and in important group shows, including annuals at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. 

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1918, born Charleston, Missouri
2010, died New Harmony, Indiana

SOLO EXHIBITION
Meeting Room of Rappite Men’s Dormitory, New Harmony, Indiana, 1939
Bosse High School, Evansville, Indiana, 1945
University of Indiana, Bloomington, 1946
Danforth Memorial Library, Charleston, Missouri, 1948
Hendler Gallery, Philadelphia, 1953
Artists Gallery, New York, 1954
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1956
Poindexter Gallery, New York, 1956.
Poindexter Gallery, New York, 1957.
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1958.
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1959.
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1959.
Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, 1960.
Holland Goldowksy Gallery, Chicago, 1960.
Howard Wise Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 1960.
Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1960.
Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, Stephen Pace: Paintings, 1961.
The Hayden Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1961.
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1961.
Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1961.
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1962.
Chicago Arts Club, 1962.
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1963.
Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1963.
Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1965.
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1966.
Ridler Gallery, Evansville, Indiana, 1966.
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, 1968.
Graham Gallery, New York, 1969.
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, 1970.
University of Texas Art Museum, Austin, 1970.
Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 1973.
Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri, 1973.
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, 1973.
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, 1974.
College Art Gallery, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1975.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, 1975.
Proctor Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1975.
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, 1976.
Polo Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC, 1976.
Watkins Art Gallery, American University, Washington, DC, 1976.
New Harmony Gallery, Indiana, 1977.
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, 1978.
The Farm Gallery, Far Hills, New Jersey, 1978.
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, 1979.
Barbara Fielder Gallery, Washington, DC, 1980.
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, 1981.
Barbara Fielder Gallery, Washington, DC, 1981.
Chastenet Gallery, Washington, DC, 1981.
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, 1983.
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, 1985.
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine, 1985.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1987.
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine, 1987.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1989.
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine, 1989.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1989.
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine, 1991.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1991
Vanderwood Tannenbaum Gallery, New York, 1991.
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1991.
Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1992.
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, 1994.
Olin Arts Center, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, 1994.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1994 – 95.
Courtyard Gallery, Washington, DC, 1996.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1997.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1998.
Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1999.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 2000.
A.J. Buecke Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine, 2002.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 2002.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 2004.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 2006.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 2007.
McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Stephen Pace: A Life in Art, 1918 – 2010, 2011.
Spanierman Gallery, New York, 2011.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Abstract Expressionist, 2011.
Spanierman Gallery, Minimalist Figuration, 2012 – 13.
Berry Campbell, New York, Stephen Pace | 1950-1962, 2014.
Berry Campbell, Stephen Pace | Abstract Expressionist, 2016.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Camp Lee Service Club, Petersburg, Virginia, 1942.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Life Magazine Group Exhibitions, 1942.
Cheltenham Art Gallery, England, U.S. Army Art, 1944.
National Gallery, Washington, DC, Soldier Art (Fighting Forces Series), 1945.
Evansville Art Museum, Indiana, Art Guild Annual, 1947.
Chinese Gallery, New York, 1949.
Greiss Gallery, New York, Woodcuts by Feininger; Lithographs by Weber; Watercolors and Drawings by Lorian; and Watercolors and Drawings by Pace, 1949.
Laurel Gallery, New York, New Talent, 1949.
Solon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, 1949.
Florence Festival Exhibition, Italy, 1950.
Galerie Huit, Paris, 1950.
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Solon des Réalités Nouvelles, 5éme Salon, 1950.
Palazzo Davanzati, Florence, 1951.
Hudson Guild, New York, Seventh Chelsea Exhibition, 1952.
Artists Equity Association, New York, 17th Annual Exhibition of the American Abstract Artists, 1953.
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, International Watercolor Exhibition: 17th Biennial, 1953.
Hacker Gallery, New York, American Abstract Artists, Annual Spring Exhibition, 1953.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors, and Drawings, 1953.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Eighteenth Annual American Abstract Artists, 1954.
Stable Gallery, New York, New York Artists Third Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, 1954,
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibitions of Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors, and Drawings, 1954.
Wisconsin Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Contemporary American Drawings, 1954.
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, International Watercolor Exhibition: 18th Biennial, 1955.
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, The 1955 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, 1955.
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, American Abstract Art, 1955.
New School for Social Research, New York, American Abstract Art, 1955.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (traveled to Stable Gallery, New York), Vanguard, 1955: A Painter’s Selection of New American Paintings, 1955.
International Association of Plastic Arts, Seventy-Five American Painters, 1956.
Musée Cantini, Marseilles, Frances, Peintres Américains Contemporains, 1956.
Musée Municipal, Laon, 41 Aquarellistes Americains D’Augourd’Hui, 1956.
Stable Gallery, New York, New York Artists Fifith Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, 1956.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibitions of Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors, and Drawings, 1956.
American Abstract Artists, New York, 21st Annual Exhibition: The Contemporaries, 1957.
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, 1957.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (traveled to the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio), The 25th Biennial Exhibition, 1957.
Memorial Union Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin, Nine Painters, 1957.
Museum of Modern Art, New York (traveled to various French museums), Recent American Watercolors, 1957.
Museum of Modern Art, New York (traveled to various Japanese museums), Fourth International Art Exhibition, 1957.
Tanager Gallery, New York, Group Exhibitions, 1957.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibitions of Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors, and Drawings, 1957.
United States Information Agency (traveled to various locations), Abstract Impressionism, 1958.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibitions of Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors, and Drawings, 1958.
Museum of Modern Art, New York (traveled to various locations), Art: USA: 59: A Force, A Language, A Frontier, 1959.
Allyn Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Group Exhibition, 1960.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sixty American Painters, 1960.
Wildenstein Gallery, New York, Fifth International Hallmark Art Award, 1960.
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (with George McNeil), 1961.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibitions of Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors, and Drawings, 1961.
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Ohio (with George McNeil), 1962.
Manila, Philippines, Art in Embassies, 1962.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (with George McNeil), 1962.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, The 28th Biennial Exhibition, 1963.
Howard Wise Gallery, New York, Nine Artists Through Decades, 1963.
Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Virginia, An Exhibition of the Jean Outland Chrysler Collection, 1963.
Museum of Modern Art (traveled to various locations in Asia, Australia, and Europe), Abstract Watercolors by Fourteen Americans, 1964.
University of Texas, Austin (traveled to various locations in Australia and Central and South America), The James Michener Collection, 1964.
University of Texas, Austin, Recent American Paintings, 1964.
Chicago Art Institute, 1966.
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, Selection 1967: Recent Acquisitions in Modern Art, 1967.
Art Museum of the University of Texas, Austin, Painting as Painting, 1968.
Borgenicht Gallery, New York, Homage to Matisse, 1969.
Amerika Haus, Berlin, Die Amerikanische Malerei (organized by University of Texas, Austin), 1973.
Art Museum of the University of Texas, Austin (traveled to various locations in Germany and Romania), American Painting, 1973.
Ciba-Geigy Corporation, Ardsley, New York, The Ciba-Geigy Art Collection: Acquisitions as of Summer 1973, 1973.
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Art on Paper 1973: One Hundred Contemporary American Art Works Purchased for the Dillard Collection of the Weatherspoon Gallery, 1973.
Borgenicht Gallery, New York, Intimate Landscapes, 1975.
Landmark Gallery, New York, Landscapes, 1975.
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, 1975.
Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, Drawings from the Studios of Washington Artists, 1975.
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, Hassam Purchase Exhibition, 1976.
Contemporary Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Artworks, 1976.
Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, Watercolors, 1976.
Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase, 1976.
Santa Rosa Junior College, California, Drawing Invitational, 1976.
State Museum, Augusta, Maine, Bicentennial Exhibition, 1976.
Wichita Falls Museum, Texas, Works on Paper from the Ciba-Geigy Collection, 1976.
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, Gallery Artists, 1977.
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Watercolors, 1977.
Evansville Art Museum, Indiana, Artists from the Tristate Area, 1977.
Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York (traveled to Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Massachusetts), Provincetown, 1870 – 1970, 1977.
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Art on Paper, 1977, 1978.
Gallery 3, Savannah, Georgia, 1977.
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, New Acquisitions, 1978.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Massachusetts, Days – Lumberyard Studios: Provincetown 1914 – 1971, 1978.
Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC, Realism and Representation, 1979.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Hans Hofmann as Teacher: Drawings by His Students, 1979.
Mitchell Museum, Mount Vernon, Illinois, American Watercolorists, 1979.
Residence of the Vice-President of the United States, Washington, DC, Art from Northeast Art Museums, 1979.
The Rudolph Gallery, Woodstock, New York, 1979.
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1979.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1979.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1980.
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Annual Exhibition, 1980.
Gallery K., Washington, DC, Art of the Eighties, 1980.
Art Fellows Gallery, Belfast, Maine, Summer Invitational, 1981.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Recent Acquisitions, 1981.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1981.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 10 x 10 x 10, 1982.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibition, 1982.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibition, 1983.
Gallery Association of New York State, Twentieth-Century American Watercolors, 1983.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1983.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Washington Watercolors, 1984.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibition, 1984.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1984.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibition, 1985.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1985.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibition, 1986.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1986.
Baruch College Gallery, City University of New York (traveled to School of Art Gallery, Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge), Figural Art of the New York School: Selections from the Ciba-Geigy Art Collection, 1985 – 86.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibition, 1987.
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, Summer Figures in Landscape and Seascape, 1987.
Members’ Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, 1987.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1987.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibition, 1988.
Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, Maine Artists, 1988.
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, This Was Pratt, 1988.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1988.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1989.
The Gallery in Hastings on Hudson, New York, The Figure Revisited, 1989.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1989.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1990.
Members’ Gallery, Albright-Knox Museum of Art, Buffalo, New York, 1990.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1990.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1991.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1991.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1992.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Recent Acquisitions, 1992.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1992.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1993.
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, On the Edge, 1993.
National Academy of Design, New York, Annual Exhibition, 1993.
Provincetown Art Association, Massachusetts, The League at the Cape, 1993.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1993.
W. Wickiser Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition, 1993.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1994.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1994.
Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, Animals, Animals, 1995.
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, American Artists in Uniform, 1995.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1995.
National Academy of Design, New York, Annual Exhibition, 1995.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1995.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1996.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1996.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1997.
National Academy of Design, New York, Annual Exhibition, 1997.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1997.
W. Wickiser Gallery, New York, Variations of the Nude, 1997.
C. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine, Group Exhibition, 1998.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1998.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1998.
C. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine, Group Exhibition, 1999.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 1999.
National Academy of Design, New York, Annual Exhibition, 1999.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 1999.
C. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine, Group Exhibition, 2000.
Deer Isle Art Association, Maine, Annual Exhibitions, 2000.
National Arts Club, New York, Provincetown Museum Collection, 2000.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 2000.
W. Wickiser Gallery, New York, Artists of the Third Millennium, 2000.
C. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine, Group Exhibition, 2001.
National Academy of Design, New York, Annual Exhibition, 2001.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 2001.
C. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine, Group Exhibition, 2002.
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Past/Present/Future, 2002.
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, Abstraction in Maine, 2002.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 2002.
Vienna, Austria, Art in Embassies: Contemporary American Art, 2002.
C. Watson Gallery, Stonington, Maine, Group Exhibition, 2003.
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine, 2003.
Blue Hill Public Library, Maine, Maine Connections: The Obscure and the Celebrated Artists, 1920 – 2005, 2005.
Blue Hill Library, Maine, Collectors’ Choice: A Group Exhibition, 2006.
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Fifteen Modern and Contemporary Artists, 2011.
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Maine: An Artist’s Retreat, 2011.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Abstract Expressionism and Its Legacy, 2011.
Spanierman Modern, AbEx and Color Field Painting, 2012.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
American University, Washington, DC
AT&T, Chicago
Baruch College, The City University of New York
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, James Michener Collection, Austin
Bristol-Meyes Squibb Collection, Princeton, New Jersey
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Bundy Art Gallery, Waitsville, Vermont
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
Ciba-Geigy Corporation, New York
Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Curie Institute, Paris
Deloit, Haskins & Sells, Washington, DC
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, Indiana
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
Field Corporation, Chicago
Fryeburg Academy, Maine
Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, Missouri
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
J. Patrick Lannan Foundation, Venice, California
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Miller and Chevalier, Washington, DC
Monhegan Museum of Art, Maine
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Academy of Design, New York
Newark Museum, New Jersey
New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana
Oberlin College Art Museum, Ohio
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine
Olin Arts Center, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Portland Museum of Art, Maine
Provincetown Art Museum, Massachusetts
Prudential Life Insurance Company, New York
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Union College, Schenectady, New York
United Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, Tennessee
University of California Art Museum, Berkeley
University of Denver, Colorado
University of Maine Art Museum, Bangor
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Walker Art Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of Northern Carolina, Greensboro
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut