This Welcome is a bittersweet one for me, as this is the last newsletter before my term as Public Art Dialogue co-chair ends. It was my colleague, mentor, and friend, Harriet F. Senie, who had the idea back in 2007 to start a professional organization devoted to public art that would also be an affiliated society of the College Art Association. I remember—fondly—her insistence that we found this organization and do so together. Every moment since has been truly rewarding.
Los Angeles has a rich history of public art, ranging from civic projects and corporate sculpture to folk art, murals, and graffiti. With literally thousands of examples in the metropolitan area, Los Angeles’ public art reflects the city’s geography of crisscrossing freeways, urban sprawl, and hidden neighborhoods.
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. This year PAD is proud to present the award to Ben Rubin.