About

Mary Claire Becker is a first year MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Iowa. She obtained her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2012. She has spent time at Asheville Bookworks and Penland School of Crafts, and she has served as a volunteer print shop technician at UNCA in Asheville NC.

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.

CONTACT

@mcbprint • mcb@maryclairebecker.com


HONORS AND AWARDS

2016:
-Eve Drewlowe Scholarship, University of Iowa
-Teaching Assistantship, University of Iowa
-Windgate Scholarship, Stone Lithography with Andy and Kathryn Polk, Penland School of Crafts

2015: Studio Assistantship, Paper and Place with Anne Marie Kennedy, Penland School of Crafts

2014: 
-Studio Assistantship, Print Your Own Adventure with Amanda Lee, Penland School of Crafts
-Work Study Scholarship, Animated Letterpress with Rory Sparks, Penland School of Crafts

2012: 
-Distinction in Art, UNC Asheville
-Distinction as a University Research Scholar, UNC Asheville
-Chancellor’s List or Dean’s List every semester of undergraduate study
-Research Grant Award from UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program for the project “Sanctuarium Naturalis: A Nexus of Science and Religion.” 
-Travel Grant Award from UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program to attend and present at the NCUR 2013, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2016:
-Ghost Prints: Iowa Print Group Member Exhibition, Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA
-Sensory Overload Portfolio Exchange, Mid America Print Council Conference, Print Matters, Louisville, KY (Curators Ellie Honl and Alison Filley)
-Solo Exhibition, Holding On, Starfangled Press, Brevard, NC
-Animation + Printmaking Showcase at SGCI, Grey Box Exhibition Space, University of Oregon, Portland, OR (Curators: Marilyn Zornado and Barb Tetenbaum)

2015: 
-Play! Portfolio Exchange, Printocracy 2015, Asheville Bookworks, Asheville, NC
-Randomly On Purpose Portfolio Exchange, SGCI, UT Knoxville, Knoxville, TN (organized by Tatiana Potts and Kelsey Stephenson)
-Local Makers’ Group Show, Toki Tattoo Parlor & Gallery, Canton, NC

2014:
-In Public, Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery, Asheville, NC (Curator: Frank Meadows)
-IMPRINT, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2013:
-Solo Exhibition, Cyclus Ovum Corpus, Harvest Records, Asheville, NC
-Two-Person Exhibition, We Pray We Scream, 5 Walnut Gallery, Asheville, NC (with Ashley Hinceman)
-NCUR 2013 Visual Arts Showcase, University Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

2012:
-Solo Exhibition, Sanctuarium Naturalis, Highsmith University Union Gallery, Asheville, NC
-Beer City Prints, Portfolio Exchange by the Wood Engraver’s Network and the Asheville Bookworks Co-Op, Asheville Bookworks, Asheville, NC
-Two-Person Exhibition, Apothecary Community Center, Asheville, NC (with Jack Thegan-Crowley)
-Two-Person Exhibition, Alchemy: Transcendence and Transmigration, Highsmith University Union Gallery, Asheville, NC (with Katie Johnson)
-Out of the Frame, Off the Wall, Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN (Curators: Jennifer Scheuer, Allison Olmstead, and Katie Woodby)
-UNCA’s 45th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Tucker S. Cooke Gallery, Asheville, NC (Juror: John Casey). Third Place Award. 
-Art Front Members’ Exhibition, Highsmith University Union Gallery, Asheville, NC

PRESENTATIONS

2015:
-Silkscreen Demonstration, Printmaking I Class at UNC Asheville, Asheville NC, November 19 & 24. 
-Visiting Artist Talk and Demonstration of Relief Printing, Invest Collegiate Charter School, Asheville, NC, September 16-18

2013:
-Photolithography Demonstration, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC, October 1.
-“Sanctuarium Naturalis: A Nexus of Science and Religion.” Visual Arts, oral presentation, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, April 11-13. 
-Bookbinding Workshop Instructor, Apothecary Community Space, Asheville, NC, April 6. 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

2016:
- Member, Iowa Print Group
- Member, Mid American Print Council

2015:
-Member, Southern Graphics Council International
-Contributing Artist, 3rd Annual Benefit Auction, Odyssey ClayWorks, Asheville, NC
-Regular Vendor, East West Pop Up Shop, Asheville, NC

COLLECTIONS

-Mid American Print Council Archives
-SGCI Archives, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
-Ewing Gallery Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
-Printmaking Studio Archives, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC
-Asheville Bookworks, Asheville, NC