Jack Becker

Founder and Lead Principal Consultant
Forecast Public Art
St. Paul, Minnesota

Jack Becker is the founder and Lead Principal Consultant at Forecast Public Art, a nonprofit based in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1989, Becker established a grant program for emerging public artists and Public Art Review, an international magazine devoted exclusively to contemporary public art. Forecast offers consulting, technical assistance, partnering and programming support to design professionals, developers, government agencies, colleges and neighborhood organizations, among others. As an artist with experience in theater and visual arts, he applies his creativity to projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. Becker received the 2007 Award of Excellence from Americans for the Arts for his contribution to the public art field, and the 2014 Public Art Dialogue Lifetime Achievement Award, a program of the College Art Association. As a founding member of the Institute for Public Art, he supports the research and recognition of outstanding public art around the world via the International Award for Public Art. Today Becker is involved in a wide variety of projects, including efforts promoting public art at the service of community health goals.