2007 - 2010

Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Emphasis in Visual Studies; University of California, Irvine

2006 - 2007

Coro Fellowship in Public Policy,  Art & Public Policy Focus; Coro Center for Civic Leadership in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University

2000 - 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urbanism; Smith College, Cum Laude

1999 - 2000

Rural Hate Crime Witness Project and Queer Youth Initiative, Hampshire College International Social Justice Program, Managua, Nicaragua



2017 - Present

Assistant Professor, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

2016 - 2017

Full Time Visiting Assistant Professor, Scripps College


Selected Solo Exhibitions


Actual Size Gallery, Los Angeles, CA / Same Rock


Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA / Jonas N.T. Becker: Westward Bound

The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA / The Pile


Shulamit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA / Zol Zayn / What if?


5118 York, Los Angeles, CA / 2012102: Apocalypse Now?


Autonomie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA / Erasing Traces


CommonSpace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA / New Work: Nina T. Becker


Room Gallery, Irvine, CA / Seventy-Two Hours


Monongelia Art Center, Benedum Gallery, Morgantown, WV / Thank G-d for Mississippi


EGS Gallery, Switzerland / Huts


Terminal Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA / Fellows


Aztec Art Space, Santa Fe, NM / Contained


Taos Gallery Pittsburgh, PA / Outlook/Inlook: Nicaragua


Selected Group Exhibitions


MoCP, Chicago, IL / Viewfinder: Landscape and Leisure in the Collection


Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA / Incognito

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA / Happening

                                                          Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Solo Presentation

                                                          Silicone Valley Contemporary, Solo Presentation / Moving Image Experience curated by Paul Young


Part-time Gallery, Los Angeles, CA / Poor/Fancy, pt. 2

Hebrew Union College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA / Threads That Bind


LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA / ReVisions of LA: Mobile Projections


LA Road Project, Los Angeles, CA / Mulholland Dérive


1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA / InLight 2011, curated by Matthew Lyons of The Kitchen


L.A. Art Mart, Los Angeles, CA / Vertigo

                                                            Foundation for Art Resources (FAR), Long Beach, Ca / The De-socialized Landscape


LAXART, Los Angeles, CA / Nine Stories


Lycium Gallery, San Diego, CA / The Art of Photography, curated by Charlotte Cotton


UC, Irvine, Visual Studies Conference: “Birth/Day: Origins, Temporality, Hybridity” / Chickayy


University Art Gallery, Irvine, CA / Betamax


Janotta Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, MA / Senior Exhibition


Smith Architects, Boston, MA / Build Boston


Steel Valley Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA / Regional


SELECTED Awards, Grants and Fellowships


Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation Grant


Nazarian Family Foundation Finishing Grant

2011 - 2013

Six Points Fellowship Two Year Artist Stipend and Project Grant


Teaching Recognition Award and Exhibition, Hollywood Media Arts Academy


Artist Bailout Project Grant


Claire Trevor School of the Arts Exhibition Grant


The Center for Global Peace Studies Project Grant


Medici Scholars Summer Research Grant, UC Irvine


Studio Art Department Travel Grant, UC Irvine

2007 - 2011

Full Tuition Merit Scholarship and Stipend, UC Irvine


Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs Merit Scholarship and Living Stipend


First Place in Best Lesbian Photography Competition, Curve Magazine


Hoxie Career Development Grant, Smith College


Smith Fund Award for Travel


Calkins Fund ---for Photographic Work, Madrid, Spain


Finalist, Photographer's Forum, Best of College Photographers


Most Influential LGBT Youth Individual, Triangle Foundation, Michigan


100 Most Influential Activists Under 25 Award, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


Selected Publications and Press


"Dynamic Static," Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture: Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, published by MIT Press / New Museum, 2017


Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, “Women Talking About Barney,” January, 2016
Artillery Magazine, “Guest Lecture: Jonas N.T. Becker,” January Edition, 2016


Art Ltd., “A Patchwork Quilt,” March 2015
KCRW (NPR): Art Talk, “Man Made Quilts and Jonas Becker,” February 12, 2015
LA Weekly, “Art Picks: Five Free Art Shows You Should See in L.A. This Week,” February 4, 2015
LA Times, “Datebook: Vintage Car Design, Objects of Desire, Flight of the Bumblebee,” January 22, 2015


Los Angeles Times, “Shulamit Gallery shows Jonas N.T. Becker debut,” February 9, 2014


Artillery Magazine, “Jonas N.T. Becker at Shulamit Gallery,” January 29, 2014


Jewish Journal, “Time is of the essence in ‘Zol Zayn’ Exhibition,” February 26, 2014


The Yiddish Daily Forward, “News from Los Angeles,” January 22, 2014


KCRW (NPR), “A video meditation on one of life’s big questions,” January 10, 2014


LA Weekly, "Five Artsy Things to Do This Week": December 19th, 2012


KCRW (NPR): All Things Considered, "Get Onboard the Mobile Pinhole Project": May 31, 2012


Good Magazine, "Community Arts Organizations Get Their Bailout Money": December 12, 2011


Octopus Journal, The Journal of the Visual Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine, "72 Hours"


Lilith Magazine, "Deep in the Valley": Fall Edition


Dominion Post, "Becker Showcase Opens": March 31


"The Art of Photography," curated by Charlotte Cotton


San Diego News Network, "Review: 'Art of Photography' a lens into life.": Sept. 24


The Forward Newspaper, "Everything Old is New Again": August 1


Morning Edition NPR: "Revisiting How the Birth of the Atomic Bomb at New Mexico's Trinity Site Changed History": February 27


Guest Lectures and Speaking Engagements

2016                                                Bard College Master's in Teaching Program, Los Angeles, CA: "How Can Black Mountain College Matter to Schools Today?"


Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, CA: “Enter a Camera, Photo on the Go,”


Scripps College, Claremont, CA: Artist Lecture: Jonas Becker


Scripps College, Claremont, CA: Beauty and Aesthetics in Photography


Scripps College, Claremont, CA: The Mechanical Eye: Photography from Science to Art


Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA: "Intersections in Video Installation and Architecture"


UC, Irvine: "Interdisciplinary Panel on Authorship and Contemporary Conceptual Photography" (presenter)

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Research and Curatorial Projects


OnCurating, Zurich, Switzerland - Guest Editor, Issue 27 [upcoming] OnCurating is a print and online journal on curatorial practice and theory. 

2011- Present

Mobile Pinhole Project, Los Angeles, CA - Founding Director and Lead Instructor
The Mobile Pinhole Project brings experiential photography workshops to youth in neighborhoods across Los Angeles using a van turned into a giant pinhole camera—allowing youth literally inside the camera. 


MFA Written Thesis: "Photographing the Invisible: The Absent Subject and Otherwise Impossible Sites of Experience"


LACMA: New Topographics, created an interactive map locating exhibited photographs in the U.S.


Everywhere Gallery, Founder and Curator: A curated exhibition space viewed via mobile devices that  increases public access and participation


View Source Labs, Founding Member: A cross-disciplinary research lab focusing on authorship and means of shaping discourse architecture



May 2018

Mana Professional, Miami Residency, Miami, FL

2017 - 2018

Artist-in-Residence, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2016 - 2019

Lucas Artist Residency Fellowship at Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA 


Saas-Fee Summer Art Institute hosted by the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

2012 - 2013

Yiddishkayt Artist in Residence, Los Angeles, Belarus & Poland


Klezkanada Filmmaking Residency, Lantier, Quebec, Canada


Teaching Experience

2016 - 2017

Scripps College - Visiting Assistant Professor

2012 - 2017

Art Institute, North Hollywood, CA & Art Institute, Los Angeles - Adjunct Faculty
Photography, Video, and Art Theory

2011 - 2017

Mobile Pinhole Project, youth photography workshop; Los Angeles, CA - Director and Lead Instructor
The Mobile Pinhole Project brings experiential photography workshops to youth in neighborhoods across Los Angeles using an innovative tool—a van turned into a giant pinhole camera—allowing youth literally inside the camera to explore culture and place.


Exploring Identity through Photography workshop series, Various Locations - Instructor
Developed workshops for Beth Am Synagogue, Yiddishkeit Helix Program, Alexandria House After school, Kol Ami Youth Program and others


Scripps College, Claremont, CA - Adjunt Professor
Introduction to Black & White Photography

2011 - 2013

Artworx LA, Los Angeles, CA - Teaching Artist & Curriculum Design
Visual Mapping Course; Re-Designing New Spaces for Exhibition Course

2011 - 2012

Hollywood Media Arts Academy High School, Los Angeles, CA - Instructor
Photography, Video, and Art History


Holga Inspire; Los Angeles, CA - Instructor
Holga Camera Photography Course


University of California, Irvine , CA - Instructor
Introduction to Photography

2009 - 2010

Orange Coast College; Costa Mesa, CA - Teaching Fellow
Community College Teaching Fellowship :Responsibilities included substitute teaching, editing a text- book, and developing curriculum.

2008 - 2009

University of California, Irvine, CA - Teaching Assistant
Performance Art, Visual Culture, Advanced Photography, Contemporary Art Theory

2005 - 2006

International Center for Photography: The Point Outreach Center; Bronx, NY - Co-Instructor
Youth Photography and Art History Course



2010 - 2011

David LaChapelle Studios, Los Angeles, CA: archivist, creative consultant, writer

2008 - 2010

Box Gallery, Los Angeles, CA: intern and gallery asisstant


Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Los Angeles, CA: research intern with Charlotte Cotton`

2008 - 2009

University of California, Irvine: darkroom lab assistant


Artist and Writer Catherine Lord, Los Angeles, CA:  artist assistant


Cameron Siemers Foundation, Irvine, CA: non-profit consultant and fundraiser

2006 - 2008

American Apparel, International Division: junior architect and project manager


Arnold Newman Studio, New York, NY: studio assistant

2004 - 2005

MOVK Design, New York, NY: junior architect


Vogue Magazine, Madrid, Spain: imaging and photography intern

2002 - 2004

Special Collections Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA: curatorial assistant



Community Organizing, Fundraising, Non-Profit and Business Consulting, Budget management (maximum manages to date is 1.5 million), Operating Media-Ready Lecture Facilities, Wood and Metal Shop Safety Procedures, Operation of all Sculpture Shop Tools (power and hand tools), Welding, Casting, Operating a Kiln, Advanced Black & White and Color Darkroom, Professional Studio Lighting, Wet-Mount Negative Scanning (all film formats), Alternative Darkroom Processes (Platinum Printing, Cyanotype, Bleaching, and others), Large Format Photography, Medium Format & 35mm Photography, Digital SLR, Photoshop CS5, Operating DV and HDV video cameras and Final Cut Pro