Jennifer Becker a mixed media artist who lives and works in Baltimore City. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and then went on to earn her MFA in sculpture at the University of Maryland, College Park. Jennifer has exhibited her sculpture in and around the Baltimore area since she moved to Baltimore in 1986. Some of her sculptural pieces have been included in Artscape in Baltimore. Her crocheted pieces were part of the SM15 exhibition at the Front Art Space New York, NY. Most recently her embroidery pieces were on view in Women’s Work 2018 – 31st Annual Show at the Old Courthouse Arts Center outside Chicago and the Recycle Spring show at the Brooklyn Waterfront Art Center in Red Hook, NY.
Her work is about using tradition craft materials in an untraditional, personal and idiosyncratic way. Jennifer expains her most recent series of embroidered self-portraits that she began in November, 2016. "This series was created to document my reaction towards the election in a very systematic way. Starting the week after the election I began the ritual of creating a self-portrait every three weeks, by taking a photo of myself, I then translated the photo into a drawing on canvass and embroidered the portrait. As soon as I was finished I repeated the process over again. " She has taught art for a variety of different programs over the last 25 years. Most recently she has enjoyed working with Baltimore City School students as a high school art teacher. In 2018 she received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council for her embroidery portraits.