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About

May Babcock is an interdisciplinary artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs 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.

Her studio processes combine printmaking, hand papermaking, sculpture, and book-arts techniques, creating artwork that address contemporary landscapes. She gathers sketches and materials from each site to create innovative installations and works of paper.

Babcock exhibits nationally and internationally, and has taught courses in all forms of printmaking, papermaking, drawing, and two-dimensional design. Additionally, she is the founder of Paperslurry.com, an active blog dedicated to promoting the art and craft of hand papermaking. She is an active member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) and the Friends of Dard Hunter Hand Papermaking.

 

Artist Statement

Landscapes are not just something to observe or depict. They are complex motifs that can offer clues to a culture.

I begin with a specific site, where I collect fibers, materials, and drawings to gain a psychological impression of a place, and poignant evidence of human activity. As a hand papermaker and printmaker, I see my work as an adventurous hybrid between the two processes. Experimentation in the studio invigorates my artistic process. Collected fibers turn into paper pulp, pulp used to cast carved woodcuts, create sculpture, form irregular sheets for book-forms and large pulp painting prints.

 

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EDUCATION

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

 

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016
Ebb and Flow: An Exhibition of Hand Papermaking and Installation WorkSpringfield Art Association, Springfield, IL
Embed by May BabcockPaperworks Pop Up Gallery, Providence, RI
Exhibition by May BabcockBlock Island Airport Gallery, New Shoreham, RI
Inspired LandscapesGallery 175, Pawtucket RI

2014
Land Studies: New Work by May Babcock, AS220 Project Space Gallery, Providence, RI

2011
The Latent Landscape, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
Passing Notes, Gya Gallery, St. Louis, MO
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
International Biennial Paper Fiber Art, The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Nantou County, Taiwan
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

2016
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

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

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

2013
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

2012
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 ArtWashington, DC

2011
Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Boston Printmakers North American Print BiennialJuried by Jim Dine, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
Passing Notes: A Collaborative Installation, Jackson PianosSt. Louis, MO
Long River Poetry Collective, Gris Gris Lab, New Orleans, LA

2008-2010
Global Visions, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
Art Melt 2010, Louisiana State MuseumBaton Rouge, LA
12th Annual Venus Envy, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara GalleryNew Orleans, LA
Real Jobs, Highwater GalleryNew Orleans, LA
Estampa International Print Fair, Madrid, Spain
Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Exhibition, Storrs, CT

 

PUBLIC ART & COMMISSIONS

Ebb & Flow, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI, August 2017 - June 2018
AC Hotel Madison, Madison, WI, 2017

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2013  
Mass Cultural Council "Our Art of Nature Program", Brush Gallery

2012 
Lottery Award, 5th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial

2008-2011  
Full Teaching Assistantship, Louisiana State University
Student Scholarship, Friends of Dard Hunter

2007-2008
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
 

TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Founder and Director, Paperslurry.com, 2013-Present

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

Board of Directors, Hand Papermaking Magazine, 2017-Present

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

Graphic Designer and 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

Portsmouth Arts Guild, Portsmouth, RI
Instructor, Hand Papermaking Workshop, 2013

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

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Short Twig Press at Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 2014
Picante Paper Studio at the Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX, 2012

 

JUROR & CURATOR

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

 

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

Ebb & Flow: A Collaborative Paper Installation, IAPMA Bulletin, by Megan Singleton and May Babcock, 2017
Young Papermakers Today: Three Profiles
Hand Papermaking Magazine, by Aimee Lee, Summer 2016
Intergenerationality, Hand Papermaking Magazine Limited Edition Portfolio, 2016
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

 

LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

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

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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