Mary Claire Becker is a printmaker whose work rearranges and re-contextualizes human-made depictions of Nature. She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and in 2012 received her BFA in Printmaking from the UNC Asheville. Mary Claire is currently an MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Iowa and is working towards a Certificate of Book Arts at the UI Center for the Book. She is the recipient of the 2016-2019 Eve Drewelowe Scholarship, the 2018 Michael J. Brody Purchase Prize, and the 2016 Penland School of Crafts Wingate Scholarship.
Mary Claire is interested in interdisciplinary applications of printmaking, and in 2017 she created artwork inspired by ecology fieldwork as an Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Artist in Residence. Her work was recently recognized with a Curator’s Choice Award and Gamblin Material Purchase Award in the Mid-America Print Council’s 2018 Members Juried Exhibition. She has shown nationally at galleries such as the New York Center for Book Arts, Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, NC, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, and the Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR.