b. 1961 Atlanta, Georgia

lives and works

Mary Addison Hackett is a visual artist whose work is prompted by curiosity and grounded in the aesthetic of transient experiences. Using her day-to-day life as a means of ongoing critical investigation, she has a diaristic practice that examines the construction of meaning, memory, and representation in the everyday world. Her practice spans painting, photography, writing, and video.

Since the early 90s, Hackett has exhibited and screened her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans); The Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA); ACME., PØST, Serious Topics, Kristi Engle Gallery, (all in Los Angeles); The Joshua Treenial at BoxoPROJECTS (Joshua Tree, CA); Marcia Wood Gallery (Atlanta); John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY); David Lusk, Tinney Contemporary, (Nashville, TN). Film screenings include the Aurora Picture Show (Houston, TX); Plexus Projects (Brooklyn, NY); and The New York Underground Film Festival (NYC), among others.

She is the recipient of several professional grants and awards and has participated in residencies in the US and abroad. Her work has been reviewed by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times and featured in Float Magazine, Burnaway, n+1, and numerous other publications. Her work is held in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Trust, The Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University, and The Music City Center Collection, as well as corporate and private collections throughout the United States. Alongside her arts practice, Hackett has contributed essays to Two Coats of Paint, Hyperallergic, The Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine, and other publications. 

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Hackett was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BFA in Painting from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MFA in Studio Arts and Video from The University of Illinois at Chicago.