World War Two
Serving in the US Army for four years during WWII, Pace was stationed first near Petersburg, Virginia, and then in England. He designed war-related posters and watercolors of villages and battle scenes. He traveled with his unit to Paris, arriving the day after the Germans withdrew. Pace was selected by Life magazine for the first exhibition of soldiers’ art held at the National Gallery of Art and toured throughout the United States.
After WWII, Pace studied art on the GI Bill at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. While there, he met Milton Avery, who was visiting Mexico with his family. The two forged a close friendship that continued throughout Avery’s life.
In 1947, Pace moved to New York where he studied at the Art Students League on the GI Bill and developed friendships with members of the New York School. In 1948 he met Palmina (Pam) Natalini whom he married the following year.