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Frank & A. J. Bock Award for Extraordinary Achievement

Approved on March 10, 2006, this award was created by the American Rock Art Research Association Board and named in honor of Frank and A. J. Bock, first recipients of the Klaus Wellmann Memorial Award and indefatigable supporters of ARARA. Frank and A.J. were two of the co-founders of ARARA. Frank served as editor of La Pintura for the first 20 years of ARARA's existence and was editor or co-editor of 13 volumes of American Indian Rock Art, continuing his strong behind-the-scenes support until he passed away in 2006. A.J. served ARARA as Secretary/Treasurer for the first 18 years, and subsequently as Archivist until her death in 2011. Together they recorded and organized volunteers to help record many rock art sites across the Western USA.

This award recognizes candidates with extraordinary achievements over their lifetime in the fields of rock art studies, documentation, education, conservation, and outreach. This award differs from the Wellmann Award in that it is a lifetime award that does not necessarily recognize service to ARARA or need to be awarded to an ARARA member. While similar to the CAP Award, it goes farther by expanding the criteria to include such items as education and public outreach.

Consideration will be given to an individual, group, organization, or agency that have worked over an extended period of time doing a wide range of rock art related services in addition to conservation and preservation. A recipient need not be a member of ARARA.

The Bock Award may be made to an individual for work that was a normal part of his or her employment or professional activities; similarly, it can be made to a group, organization, or agency for work that was a regular part of its operations.

A written nomination summarizing the contributions of the proposed recipient shall be signed/approved by no less than five members in good standing or members of ARARA's Advisory Council.

Nominations will be accepted any time prior to January 31 by the Awards Committee Chair. Nominations will be forwarded to the ARARA Board who will determine the award recipient and communicate this decision to the Awards Committee Chair at least one month before the conference so that an appropriate gift can be acquired.

An award recipient will receive a personalized award and a certificate at the ARARA conference.

This award was named in honor of Frank and A. J. Bock, first recipients of the Klaus Wellmann Memorial Award and indefatigable supporters of ARARA. Frank and A.J. were two of the co-founders of ARARA. Frank served as editor of La Pintura for the first 20 years of ARARA's existence and was editor or co-editor of 13 volumes of American Indian Rock Art, continuing his strong behind-the-scenes support until he passed away in 2006. A.J. served ARARA as Secretary/Treasurer for the first 18 years, and subsequently as Archivist until her death in 2011. Together they recorded and organized volunteers to help record many rock art sites across the Western USA.

Past recipients include (award not given in years not listed):

  • 2006: Jim Zintgraff

  • 2008: Alanah Woody

  • 2009: Donald E. Weaver, Jr.

  • 2010: Marvin Rowe, PhD

  • 2012: Ann Phillips

  • 2014: Mike Taylor

  • 2016: Helen Crotty

  • 2017: Don Hann

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