The PAD award for achievement in the field of public art is given annually to an individual whose contributions have greatly influenced public art practice. The inaugural award was presented in 2009 to renowned artist and educator Suzanne Lacy. In 2010 the distinguished curator, critic and educator Mary Jane Jacob was honored. Our 2011 recipient was Anne Pasternak, the President and Artistic Director of the groundbreaking public art organization, Creative Time. In 2012, media artist Ben Rubin was honored for his large-scale performance, installation, and public artworks that often involve close intersections with figures in contemporary culture. In 2013, Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director of Philadelphia's Association for Public Art, was honored for her roles as curator, writer, and educator and for her ongoing engagement with artists, architects, civic leaders, city agencies, community groups and cultural organizations.
Awardees are chosen from nominations made by PAD members. Award winners receive a three-year membership in PAD, which includes a subscription to the journal and all other membership benefits. Each year, the recipient accepts the award at a ceremony during the annual CAA conference, at which s/he makes a special presentation open to the public.
Please send your nominations for the 2015 award to our membership coordinator by May 1st, 2014.