Hometown Expressions – Evansville Living Magazine

Hometown Expressions – Evansville Living Magazine

Radiant paintings by Stephen Pace, one of Indiana’s most beloved sons of art, await you in a new exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science.

“It’s the classic ‘hometown boy makes it’ story,” says Susan Colaricci Sauls, director of the University of Southern Indiana’s art collections, which made many of the pieces on display possible.

Local ties determine Pace’s artistic career. Pace was born in Missouri in 1918, grew up on farms in the Midwest and moved to New Harmony, Indiana, as a teenager. Horses were his favorite subjects. His first exhibition was in New Harmony and received his first formal art training from artist Robert Lahr, who taught at the Evansville Museum.

Photo by Stephen Pace provided by the University of Southern Indiana

In the 1950s, Pace rose to international fame in the New York school of abstract expressionists.

After a career spanning six decades in New England, Pace and his wife Palmina returned to New Harmony in 2007 and opened the Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries at USI in 2008. Pace died two years later.

That story flows through the vibrant, autobiographical art in “Stephen Pace in Indiana,” the Evansville Museum’s first major Pace exhibition since 1992.

Many pieces symbolize his deceased brothers and their lives as farmers and reflect the evolution of Pace’s style.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to present a comprehensive work by such an accomplished artist,” says Mary Bower, outgoing executive director of the Evansville Museum.


Until September 8 at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 SE Riverside Drive