Socrates Sculpture Park is the recipient of the 2023 Public Art Dialogue (PAD) Founders Award for achievement in the field of public art!
Socrates Sculpture Park is a community engaged New York City waterfront park dedicated to supporting artists in the production and presentation of public art.
Until 1986, Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite for decades until a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of artist Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space. Today, it has become an internationally renowned outdoor museum and a designated New York City public park spanning five waterfront acres.
Socrates’ existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment. The organization has presented more than 1,000 artists the financial support, materials, equipment, and space necessary to create large-scale works in the public realm. Open 365 days a year, admission to Socrates' exhibitions, programs, and gardens is always free.
This year marks the first time the PAD Founders Award has been presented to an organization.
Join us for a roundtable discussion with with Tamsin Dillon, Executive Director, Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, and Ivana Mestrovic, Director of Spacetime Studio on Friday, February 17, 2023 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EST at CAA's annual conference at the Hilton Midtown on 53rd Street and 6th Avenue. Conference registration is required for attendance.
We also invite you to join us at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens on Saturday, February 18 in the late morning (weather permitting). More information to follow closer to the date.
In 2022, the PAD award was renamed the PAD Founders Award in honor of the organization's co-founders Harriet F. Senie and Cher Krause Knight. The annual award honors individuals, collectives, and organizations that demonstrate longstanding commitments to cross-disciplinary and cross-community dialogue that inspired PAD's founding more than a decade ago. Awardees are chosen from nominations made by PAD members.