Mary Addison Hackett was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1961 and raised in Nashville, Tennessee.  

She has a diaristic practice documenting mundane situations from her day-to-day life. She works across painting, photography, video, and writing.

Hackett has exhibited and screened her work widely throughout the United States, including the Joshua Treenial at BoxoPROJECTS (Joshua Tree, CA); Marcia Wood Gallery (Atlanta); David Lusk Gallery (Nashville, TN); John Davis Gallery (Hudson, New York); the Ogden Museum (New Orleans); the Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA); ACME., PØST, and Kristi Engle Gallery, (Los Angeles). Screenings include the Aurora Picture Show (Houston, TX); Plexus Projects (Brooklyn, NY); and The New York Underground Film Festival (NYC).

She has received grants and awards from the Desert X Artist Relief Fund, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been critically reviewed by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times and featured in Float Magazine, Burnaway, New American Paintings, n+1 magazine, Two Coats of Paint, The Tennessean, Hyperallergic, and The Nashville Scene, among others.

Mary Addison Hackett earned her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Hackett recently returned to Tennessee and is currently based in Nashville.