Claire Beckett is an artist who uses photography to spark critical dialog about what it means to be a 21st-century American.
Born and raised in Chicago, Claire Beckett earned a BA in anthropology at Kenyon College. She then worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, before going on to earn an MFA in photography at Mass College of Art.
Her photographs have been featured in solo exhibitions at Carroll and Sons Gallery, Bernard Toale Gallery, the University of Rhode Island, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Mass MoCA, the Chelsea Museum of Art, the Haggerty Museum, the deCordova Museum, the Photographic Resource Center, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Hendershot Gallery, FOTODOK (Utrecht, NL), the Noorderlicht Festival (Leeuwarden, NL), and the Inside Out Museum (Beijing, CN), among others. She is a recipient of an Artadia Award, a Blanche Coleman Award, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, and has been artist-in-residence at Light Work. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art Forum, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Public Culture, The Paris Review Daily, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and NRC Next and her photographs have been featured on Flak Photo, Cool Hunting, Fraction Magazine, Big Red and Shiny, and Boston Public Radio, among others.
Claire Beckett is represented by Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, where she resides. She is a full-time visiting faculty member in photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Awards & Recognitions
- Blanche E. Coleman Award
- Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant