May Babcock is an interdisciplinary artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Her studio techniques combine hand papermaking, printmaking, sculpture, alternative process photography, and book-arts techniques, creating artwork that addresses contemporary landscapes. She gathers sketches and materials from each site to create innovative installations, public art, and works of paper.
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking in 2008. Directly after, she joined the graduate printmaking program at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, earning her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2011.
Babcock exhibits nationally and internationally, and most recently has shown at The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, RISD Museum of Art, and The Center for Book Arts. She has taught courses in printmaking, papermaking, drawing, and two-dimensional design across the country, including Rhode Island School of Design, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and Womens Studio Workshop. Recently, Babcock was awarded a RISCA Artist Grant, the PVDFest Public Art commission, unLOCK Public Art Installation, the Brown University Arts Initiative Annual Mural grant, and artist residencies with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation and the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Additionally, she is the founder of Paperslurry.com, a blog dedicated to promoting the art and craft of hand papermaking. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hand Papermaking Magazine.