Happy New Year to All! It is amazing to think CAA is right around the corner. This year we will be honoring Jack Becker, the founding editor of Public Art Review. Click here for Natasha’s interview with Jack. The award presentation will take place on Friday, January 14th at 6pm (after our business meeting at 5:30pm), followed by a members-only reception to be held at nearby Columbia College.
Jack is founder and executive director of Forecast Public Art, established in 1978. As a public artist and program administrator, Jack specializes in projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He has organized more than 70 exhibitions, 50 publications, and numerous special events. Widely published in the field, he also serves as the publisher of Public Art Review. At the end of 2013, Jack and I had the opportunity to speak about his career and deep commitment to public art.
Chicago’s cultural offerings extend beyond its grand architectural heritage, esteemed universities, and major art collections. The city’s historic and diverse selection of public artworks range from beaux-arts traditions, 1960s installed pop art, to more current notions of how art can shape the public sphere. The College Art Association conference hotel is located along The Loop, the heart of Chicago’s downtown business and cultural district, which offers conference participants a multitude of public art experiences within easy walking distance.