Mary Claire Becker, MFA
Mary Claire Becker holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, a Certificate of Book Arts from the UI Center for the Book, and a BFA from UNC Asheville. Her artworks use printmaking, sculpture, and video animation to explore fetishization of landscape as “other” in industrialized cultures. These creations rearrange and re-contextualize human-made depictions of Nature, drawing inspiration from plastic house-plants, bucolic social media posts, Hudson River School paintings, and more. She has shown nationally at venues such as Tippetts and Eccles Gallery at Utah State University, the Stanley Museum of Art’s First Friday series (Iowa City, IA), Visions West Contemporary (Livingston, MT), the New York Center for Book Arts, Blue Spiral 1 (Asheville, NC), and Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, OH). She taught as Instructor of Record at the University of Iowa from 2016-2019 and as Central Michigan University’s Barstow Artist-In-Residence for the Fall 2019 semester. In 2020, Mary Claire received the of University of Wyoming’s Inky Paper Award and Sheridan College’s Theodore Waddell Award. She has been an artist in residence at the Jentel Artist Foundation in Wyoming, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska, and the Lakeside Laboratories AIR program in Iowa.