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 exhibited work frequently throughout the Asheville area, and has also shown nationally at galleries such as the New York Center for Book Arts, Gallery 1010 in Knoxville, TN, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, and the Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR.
Becker 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.
“My prints and sculptures merge decorative ornament with scientific illustration. I am curious about the human impulse to collect, contain, and claim ownership of natural phenomena. The motifs we use to furnish interior spaces are often stylized renditions of nature that present a tame interpretation of wilder landscapes.”