Mary Claire Becker is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina.  In 2012 she received her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a concentration in Printmaking. She has spent time as an intern at Asheville Bookworks and as a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts. She has shown nationally at galleries such as the New York Center for Book Arts, Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, NC, Gallery 1010 in Knoxville, TN, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, and the Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR.

Mary Claire is currently an MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Iowa and is also working towards a Certificate of Book Arts at the UI Center for the Book. As a graduate teaching assistant, she has acted as instructor of record for drawing and printmaking classes. In 2017 she attended an artist residency at Lake Okoboji’s Lakeside Laboratory, a biology research station in Western Iowa.

Mary Claire's work merges decorative ornamentation with the complexity of scientific illustration, blurring lines between abstraction and representation to communicate both immaterial and material truths. She sees each impression as a building block for larger compositional structures, and uses printmaking as an element in relief sculptures, artist books, and stop-motion animations.


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