New York City, New York - Winner Ben Rubin, based in New York, produces works that combine a keen aesthetic with a strong sociopolitical message and an innovative approach to mining and presenting information from the data-cloud. His piece The Language of Diplomacy (2010–2011), for instance,
extracts and projects linguistic patterns from the Wikileaks diplomatic cables.

Rubin, who accepted the prize at PAD’s gathering during the College Art Association Conference, was a particularly apt choice, given the tenor of discussion during the conference. The main session explored public art in the “virtual sphere”—a key element in Ben Rubin’s work.