Coggins Award

The Coggins Award was founded in 2006 to recognize artists who embrace the values Jack Coggins exhibited: creativity, innovation, and service to others.

About Jack Coggins:

Jack Banham Coggins was born in London in 1911. The family migrated to the United States in 1923, moving to Long Island, NY. After studying at the Grand Central School of Art from 1931 to 1933 and the Art Students League from 1933 to 1934, both in New York, Jack worked as a freelance artist, doing illustrations for magazines and papers.

Jack received commissions from the War Dept. for illustrations and contributed to Life magazine and PM newspaper. He joined the Army in 1943 but was pulled from basic training to serve as an artist correspondent for Yank magazine in New York and Europe.

In the ensuing years, Jack executed covers for science-fiction magazines, wrote and illustrated numerous books and moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Alma Woods. He taught master classes at the Institute of the Arts and was a beloved teacher for 45 years.

Past Coggins Award Recipients:

2014 Rich Houck

2013 Mike Miller

2012 Jerry Holleran

2011 Barbara Post

2010 Deb & Fred Gurman

2009 Rosemarie Sloat

2008 Bruce Becker