May Babcock is an interdisciplinary artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Her studio techniques combine hand papermaking, printmaking, sculpture, historical photography process, and book-arts techniques, creating artwork that addresses place. She gathers sketches, materials, histories, and environmental information from sites to create works of paper, installations, public art, and community-based art.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking in 2008. Directly after, she joined the graduate printmaking program at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, earning her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2011.

Babcock exhibits nationally and internationally, and most recently has shown at The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, RISD Museum of Art, Brown University's Granoff Center for the Arts, and The Center for Book Arts. She has taught courses in printmaking, papermaking, drawing, and two-dimensional design across the country, including Rhode Island School of Design, Women's Studio Workshop, and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

Recently, Babcock was selected as a 2018 Creative Community Fellow, an initiative of National Arts Strategies. She was also awarded a RISCA Project Grant, a National Parks Artist Residency, and installed public artworks in Providence, Pawtucket, and the Illinois State Museum. Additionally, she is the founder of Paperslurry.com, a blog dedicated to sharing and expanding the art and craft of hand papermaking, and supporting its practitioners. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hand Papermaking Magazine.


Artist Statement

Landscapes are complex, full of botanical life, waterways, historical memory, built environments and more, all of which can offer clues to a culture.

I begin with specific sites, where I collect plant fibers, materials, and drawings to gain psychological impressions and witness poignant evidence of human activity. I am a curious artist, who researches and is fascinated by local hydrologies, plant ecologies, geological history, and human-created structures and histories.

As a hand papermaker informed by print processes, technical experimentation in the studio invigorates my practice. Adventurous hybrids explore a range of processes, chosen for their aesthetic value and contextual significance.

This broad range of influences coalesce with artist-made paper pulp, used to draw sculptural forms, realize large scale pulp paintings, cast carved woodcuts, develop textured sheets for cyanotype, and embed river muds and seaweeds.

Very often, I create public art, large-scale installations, and community-created works that are both inspired by and crafted for specific sites and peoples.




2011 M.F.A. Printmaking, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA
2008 B.F.A. Painting and Printmaking, Summa Cum Laude, University of Connecticut Storrs, CT



(Coming October 1) ReSeeding: Ethnobotany in the Urban, RI State House, Providence RI
Invasive Beauty: New Works by May Babcock and Rebecca Volynsky, The Gallery at City Hall, Providence RI


Blackstone Watershed, Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket RI
Ebb and Flow VI, unLOCK, Illinois State Museum, Lockport, IL

Ebb and Flow II, Brown Arts Initiative, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, Providence, RI

Ebb and Flow: An Exhibition of Hand Papermaking and Installation WorkSpringfield Art Association, Springfield, IL
Exhibition by May BabcockBlock Island Airport Gallery, New Shoreham, RI

Land Studies: New Work by May Babcock, AS220 Project Space Gallery, Providence, RI

The Latent Landscape, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
Passing Notes, Gya Gallery, St. Louis, MO


(Coming September 30) GREEN SPACE Gallery at T.F. Green Airport Warwick RI
Pulp + Process, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
Paper Possibilities, Chandler Gallery, Montpelier, VT
Hot House, Worlds Fair Gallery, Providence RI

RISD Faculty Exhibition 2018, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Pathways, Baum Gallery Art Museum, Conway, AR
Paper Rock Scissors, Five Points Gallery, Torrington CT
Craft Biennale Scotland 2018: Response to Place, City Art Center, Edinburg, Scotland
Responsive Paper, IAPMA Congress Member Exhibition, Sophia, Bulgaria
International Biennial Paper Fiber Art, The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Nantou County, Taiwan

Natura-l Impressions, 3rd International Paper Biennale, City Hall Gallery, Meitar, Israel
Pulp as Portal: Socially Engaged Hand Papermaking, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
Paper Possibilities 2017: Exploring a Modest Medium, FVAC Drezner Gallery, Avon, CT
Natural Wonders, Sprout CoWorking Community Gallery, Providence, RI

WORDS: Haiku on Paper, Northern Front Studio Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
8th International Printmaking Biennial of DuoroIgreja Matriz de Alijo, Portugal
5th Connecticut Printmaking Invitational: Multiple Impressions, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Flocked, Blocked, and Stenciled, 186 Carpenter Gallery, Providence, RI
Inspired Landscapes, Gallery 175, Pawtucket RI

2nd Global Print 2015Miguel Torga Cultural Space, Portugal
10x10x10, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery, Pawtucket, RI

{this is ourselves} Under Pressure, Friends of Dard Hunter 2014 Annual Members’ Exhibition, 1890 Bryan Street Studios, San Francisco, CA

Gumbo: A Collaboration of People and Pulp, Pianos for People, St. Louis, MO
Drawing for a Drawing, Imago Gallery, Warren, RI
Pounds of Pressure: Contemporary Prints in Large Format, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA

Thirty Years of LSU Printmaking, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Paper in SpaceBeatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Elevator Projects: FluxswitchBaton Rouge, LA
Uncharted Territories, SGC Navigating Currents Conference, St. Roch Healing Center, New Orleans, LA
5th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art TriennialCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Boston Printmakers North American Print BiennialJuried by Jim Dine, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
Long River Poetry Collective, Gris Gris Lab, New Orleans, LA

Global Visions, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
Art Melt 2010, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
12th Annual Venus Envy, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Real Jobs, Highwater Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Estampa International Print Fair, Madrid, Spain
Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Exhibition, Storrs, CT



Blackstone Watershed Papers, Public Art for City of Pawtucket Arts Review Panel Grant, Pawtucket RI - September 2018 

Great Salt Cove Macroalgae, Public Art at PVDFest, Civic Center Parking Garage Facade, Providence RI - June 2018

Ebb and Flow VI, unLock Public Art Installation, Illinois State Museum, Lockport IL - Permanent

Ebb and Flow II, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI, August 2017 - June 2018

The Mind's Eye: Natural Places in Paper, CareLink 20th Anniversary Community Art Project, Providence, RI, 2017

AC Hotel Madison, Madison, WI - Permanent



Creative Community Fellowship, National Arts Strategies
Artist in Residence, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Salt Flat, TX
Public Art Commission for PVDFest, Providence, RI
unLock: Merging Art and Industry, NEA Our Town Grant, Illinois State Museum, Lockport, IL
City of Pawtucket Arts Review Panel Grant, Pawtucket, RI
Top 10 Local Art, Runner Up, Law and Order Party

Artist in Residence, Absaroka-Beartooth Willderness Foundation (ABWF), Red Lodge, MT
Project Grant for Individuals, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), for Pawtucket Paper, Pawtucket, RI
Annual Mural Grant, Brown Arts Initiative, Granoff Center for the Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI

Short Twig Press at Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 2014

Mass Cultural Council "Our Art of Nature Program", Brush Gallery

Picante Paper Studio at the Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX, 2012
Lottery Award, 5th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial

Full Teaching Assistantship, Louisiana State University
Student Scholarship, Friends of Dard Hunter

Honorific Mention, 4th Place, Estampa International Print Fair
Dean's Award, University of Connecticut
Dean's Purchase Prize, University of Connecticut
Cynthia Reeves Snow Watercolor Scholarship, University of Connecticut
Victor Borge Fund Scholarship, University of Connecticut
J&E Green Art Travel Grant, University of Connecticut



Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
Instructor, Papermaking, Department of Printmaking, Spring 2018

Founder, Paperslurry.com, 2013-Present

Board of Directors, Hand Papermaking Magazine, 2017-Present

Pawtucket Paper, Instructor, Papermaking from Plants, Southside Community Land Trust, Galego Court Community Farm, 2017-Present

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center  Hyattsville, MD
Instructor, Pulptypes: Hybrid Papermaking and Printmaking, 2017

Women’s Studio Workshop  Rosendale, NY
Instructor, Pulptypes: Hybrid Papermaking and Printmaking, 2016-2017

Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program  Williamsburg, MA
Instructor, Papermaking with Plants, 2017
Instructor, Basic Papermaking and Pulp Painting, 2016

Digital Artist, ALEX AND ANI, Cranston, RI, 2015-2016

Vice President of Publications, Friends of Dard Hunter, 2014-2016

AS220 Community Print Shop  Providence, RI
Instructor, Papermaking Workshops, 2013–2014

Art Director, Bottles Fine Wine, Providence, RI, 2012-2015

Louisiana State University, School of Art  Baton Rouge, LA
Instructor, Introduction to Printmaking, 2011
Instructor, Beginning Drawing, 2010–2011
Instructor, Two-Dimensional Design, 2010
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Book Arts, 2010
Instructor, Introduction to Lithography, 2009–2010
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Intaglio, 2008
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Lithography, 2008



Curator, Uncharted Territories, SGC Navigating Currents Conference, 2012
Juror, Lagniappe: For Good Measure Printmaking Portfolio, Louisiana State University, 2010



The Art Buyer’s Guide to Rhode Island, Rhode Island Monthly, March 26, 2018
Babcock Reaches Watershed in Pawtucket, RISD Academic Affairs, February 6, 2018
4th Edition of PVDFest will fill streets, Providence Journal, April 4, 2018
International Paper Fiber Art Biennale Conveys Environmental Concepts, NTD TV, October 13, 2017
May Babcock Makes Paper from Her Environment, Take Magazine, July 12, 2017
One Step at a Time, Pawtucket Times, July 2017
The Creative Process on Display, Woonsocket Call, 2017
State Arts Council Announces New Art Exhibit at Block Island Airport, June 8, 2016
Clean Paper: Scenes from May Babcock’s Papermaking ClassPaper Connection, by Lauren Pearlman, October 17, 2014
An Interview with May Babcock at AS220, Big Red & Shiny, by Paulina Perlwitz, May 14, 2014
Papermaking with Artist May Babcock, AS220, by Alison Nitklewics, March 14, 2014


Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice, Christina Z. Anderson, Focal Press, 2019
Issue #19, The Hand Magazine, January 2018
Cyanotype, Pulptype, and Paper, Bull & Branch, Friends of Dard Hunter, 2017
Ebb & Flow: A Collaborative Paper Installation, IAPMA Bulletin, by Megan Singleton and May Babcock, 2017
Young Papermakers Today: Three ProfilesHand Papermaking Magazine, by Aimee Lee, Summer 2016
Intergenerationality, Hand Papermaking Magazine Limited Edition Portfolio, 2016


Artist Lecture and Demonstration, Papermaking with Plants in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, Livingston Public Library, Livingston, MT, 2017
Instructor Lecture, Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, Williamsburg, MA 2017
Typography Basics, RISD Guest Lecturer, The Photobook 5235-01, Fall 2015
Artist Talk: May Babcock, AS220 Media Arts Lecture Series, Winter 2014
Hand Papermaking Demonstration, Brush Gallery, Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial, 2013



Friends of Dard Hunter, Vice President of Publications, Executive Council & Board of Directors (ECBOD), 2014–2016, Member 2010–Present
International Association of Hand Papermakers (IAPMA), Member, 2014–Present
SGC International, Member, 2011–Present