Mary Addison HACKETT

Hackett, Mary Addison
Born: Atlanta, GA

Mary Addison Hackett is a visual artist whose work is grounded in the construction of meaning, memory, and representation in day-to-day life‚Äč. Her practice includes painting, video, documentary, writing, and other time-based projects, and often combines performance with wry humor, philosophical inquiry, and feminist overtones. 
She has exhibited and screened her work at museums, universities, commercial galleries, and non-profit spaces throughout the U.S. and abroad, including a recent performative installation at Seed Space, Nashville, TN (2016); and selected solo shows at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2016); David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN (2014); John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY (2012); and Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2010, 2008). Group shows include To Live and Paint in LA at the Torrance Art Museum, About Face at Acme., and exhibitions at Weekend, Los Angeles, CA; Sugar, Brooklyn, NY; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orlean, LA. Her videos and short films have screened in galleries and at film festivals including The New York Underground Film Festival, New York, NY; The Independent Prague Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic; The Euro Underground Film Festival, Krakow Poland; and The Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX.

Hackett is a 2016 Hambidge fellow and has been awarded project grants by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and P.O.V. Television & The American Documentary Inc. She has been critically reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and other publications. Alongside her arts practice, Hackett has been a guest contributor to Two Coats of Paint, Burnaway, and The Nashville Scene. She is an active board member of COOP, a curatorial collective based in Nashville, TN, and the founder of Smack Handy Films, an artist-run media production company focused on documentary work and personal stories.

Hackett earned her MFA in Studio Art/Video from The University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.