Coming of Age: Post-Pandemic Public Art

Virtual Artist Talk with Jack Becker
Founder of Forecast Public Art
September 8, 2021
Event Recording
Public Art Resource Links


Jack Becker
ChromaCar (2019)
Courtesy of the artist.

Jack Becker has been embedded in the field of contemporary public art for 45 years—as an artist, educator, producer, curator, writer, publisher, and arts administrator. Best known as the founder of Forecast Public Art, based in Minnesota, Becker also founded Public Art Review, an international magazine devoted to contemporary public art.

During our September 8 online event, Becker will share some examples of his own work from the past decade, as well as insights gained during his career in the public art field. He will offer a brief overview of trends and issues in the field and engage audience members in a dialogue about critical challenges and emerging opportunities.

In addition to the Artist Talk, the LH Horton Jr Gallery organized an online Survey of Public Art to provide resources and information for our students and the community on the various types of projects and organizations involved in the field of public art. Featured organizations include prominent local, regional, and national government agencies and non-profit organizations. The Survey presents public works that focus on building civic pride and engaging with community, such as the Stockton SEED Mural Project. The Survey also presents public works that preserve our heritage and shared human experience, such as the Cesar Chavez Memorial in Sacramento by Lisa Reinertson. Particular attention is given to the movement to build new public monuments that support, reflect, and represent America’s diverse cultural communities.


Artist Statement by Jack Becker

Public art is visible evidence of our shared humanity. Creative expression in the public sphere often acts as a cultural barometer, revealing the values, beliefs or power struggles in a society. During the pandemics of COVID and racial injustice in 2020, while most traditional arts venues were shuttered, the vibrant field of public art continued to expand and evolve. The commissioning of large-scale monuments was justifiably put on hold, while a growing number of unsponsored—and untethered—artists emerged, amplifying previously muted voices in our communities. This is a coming-of-age moment for public art in America. (read more...)


A Survey of Public Art — Organized by the LH Horton Jr Gallery
Featured Project: Sheridan Arts Spanish Dual Immersion School Murals Artists: Greta McLain of Good Space Murals, and Drew Peterson
Public Art Review
Stockton, CA
Featured Artist: Xaviera Simmons
Public Art Walking Tour History & Map
Downtown Stockton Murals
Featured Project: Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio
Studio of Jason Kelly & Nataly Gattegno
Featured Artist: Jordan Powell-Karis
Sample Case Study: Citygarden, St. Louis, Missouri
Project Artists: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Artist: Jen Buckley, Tveraa Photography
San Francisco, Golden Gate Park Music Concourse
Artist: Dana King
Marble and Media: Digital Activations of Public Memory
Project Artists: Cheyenne Concepcion, Camila Magrane, Hannah Scott
Featured Project: Watts Towers (Nuestro Pueblo) Los Angeles, CA
Artist: Simon Rodia
Stockton, CA
Artists: Kia Duras, Brandan “BMike” Odums, and Astro
Featured Project: Cesar Chavez Memorial
Artist: Lisa Reinertson
Featured Artist: Brenda Louie
Public Art Collection
Featured Project: Dr. Maya Angelou Monument
Artist: Lava Thomas
Artistic Director and Founder: Judith F. Baca
Featured Project: The Great Wall of Los Angeles
Public Art Program
Featured Project: DeCarli Plaza
Artists: Steve Petruska and Diana Pumpelly
Public Art Network
Community Art: A Look at Public Art in America