September 16, 2013
Jack Becker is the 2014 recipient of the PAD Award in recognition to his longstanding contributions to the field of public art. 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. Jack received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, studying under such artists as Siah Armajani and Andrew Leicester. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he also studied there at Washington University and Webster University as well as the Croydon College of Art and Design in Great Britain. Widely published in the field, he also serves as the publisher of Public Art Review. 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. Join the dialogue with PAD's newest awardee at the CAA 2014 Conference in Chicago Friday, February 14, 5:30-7:00 pm.