HACKETT, MARY ADDISON

b. 1961 Atlanta, Georgia


Mary Addison Hackett is an artist whose work is focused on mundane aspects of everyday life. Her diaristic practice alludes to the ephemeral nature of seeing and the malleable construction of meaning, memory, and representation. She works across painting, photography, writing, and performative 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 in New Orleans; the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California; ACME., PØST, Serious Topics, and Kristi Engle Gallery, all in Los Angeles; the Joshua Treenial at BoxoPROJECTS in Joshua Tree, California; Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta; John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York; Tinney Contemporary and David Lusk Gallery, in Nashville, Tennessee. Film screenings include the Aurora Picture Show (Houston, TX); Plexus Projects (Brooklyn, NY); and The New York Underground Film Festival, among others.


She is a 2016 Hambidge fellow and has received grants and awards from the Desert X Artist Relief Fund, Bay Area Video Coalition, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been reviewed by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times and featured in Float Magazine, Burnaway, n+1, and ArtsATL, among others. Public collections include the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Music City Center Collection, the Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art. 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 from The University of Illinois at Chicago.