Meet the Jurors
BRENDA KAYZAR, PhD
Dr. Brenda Kayzar is the Collaborative Strategist and Owner of Urbane DrK Consulting where she provides strategic planning, research and advocacy leadership support to government and nonprofit organizations. She applies a hybrid of experience from academia, business, and nonprofit leadership toward shaping better outcomes for communities, arts organizations and creative workers. She’s authored works in academic and local presses exploring the economic, political and social contexts of urban change focusing on revitalization policy, the creative placemaking paradigm, and gentrification and development impacts to lower-income neighborhoods, communities of color, and the creative sector. In addition to civic committee and workgroup participation she’s served on community and nonprofit boards such as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association and the Arts and Cultural Leadership Program at University of Minnesota.
Jack Becker is the founder and Director of Consulting and Creative Services at Forecast Public Art, a nonprofit he started four decades ago in Minneapolis. In 1989, Becker established a statewide grant program for 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 (IAPA). Today Jack is involved in a wide variety of projects, including the development of public art learning tools for planners and allied professionals seeking to improve the health of their communities.
MICHELLE WESTMARK WINGARD
Michelle Westmark Wingard is a Professor of Art and the Gallery Director of Bethel University’s two exhibition spaces. Her photographic and curatorial endeavors often explore themes of memory, perception, and interconnection. She has curated several exhibitions and has also exhibited her own photographic work nationally. Wingard has been a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant (2015) and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017) to photograph the site in Belgium where her grandfather's plane crashed during WWII. She received her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2006 and currently lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mike Bishop is an arts organizer, event producer and is the Co-Founder of Public Functionary. Mike currently serves as co-director of Public Functionary focusing his efforts on production and installation. Mike has worked in the arts for the past decade in commercial and non-profit art spaces in Minneapolis. In addition to his work as a producer Mike also facilitates conversation spaces around dismantling racism and toxic masculinity.