Artpace has announced the appointment of Amada Cruz as executive director.

Cruz has served as a guest curator at Artpace, the contemporary art space in San Antonio, Tex., from 1999 to 2001. Working with other curators, she chose young artists to participate in Artpace's residency program, among them Arturo Herrerra and Rebecca Holland.

Cruz joined the board of directors earlier this year, before resigning in order to participate in the application process for executive director. For the past seven years, she was program director at United States Artists (USA), the grant-giving initiative formed by the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmussen foundations. She has also been the executive director of the New York-based Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue and director of the Bard College's Hessel Museum of Art, at the Center for Curatorial Studies in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Board of directors chairperson J. Travis Capps, Jr., who led the search committee, stated in a press release that Cruz "has contributed to Artpace's success in the past and will only serve to propel it into the future.