Born in East Haddam, CT, Edith Becker was awarded a scholarship to attend the Norwich Art School at Norwich Free Academy during the early years of the Great Depression. Countless families suffered severe financial hardships during this time and Becker ended up sacrificing her scholarship for another student who needed the financial aid. Her training at NFA served her well and led her to attain degrees from Syracuse University and New York University. Becker taught for 27 years as a professor of art at Rhode Island College and was President of the Rhode Island Art Teachers Association. Her passion for art led her to travel throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Central America, and South America seeking inspiration in the natural world. She primarily focused on works of art on paper including oil and watercolor painting as well ceramic sculpture. Pieces she retained in her personal collection were bequeathed to Slater Museum.