Gretchen Marie Schaefer is interested in the ways a thoughtful change in the act of looking can shift and challenge relationships, power dynamics, assumptions, and knowledge, and how this shift can be, surprising, distressing, mysterious, and radical. She thinks about sight and perception through the making of drawings, sculptures, installations, and performances.
Schaefer was born (1982), raised, and currently works in Denver, Colorado. She holds a bachelor degree in English Literature and Visual Arts from Regis University. She is an alumna of the RedLine Denver Artist-in-Residence program where she also served as an Artist Representative on the Board of Directors and on the Education Committee. Schaefer currently works at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design as the Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program Director where she has hosted Miranda July, Judy Chicago, Andrea Zittel, Cécile B. Evans, Sondra Perry, and Dario Robleto, among many others. She is a founding member and current co-manager of TANK Studios, LLC. She also serves on the Artist Research Committee at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and is on the Board of Tilt West, a non-profit dedicated to fostering critical dialog in art and culture in Denver.
In 2014 Schaefer was listed as one of Westword’s “100 Colorado Creatives” and in 2016 she received Westword’s “Best Of” for her work directing the VASD Program. Exhibitions of her artwork include group and solo shows at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CU Boulder Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, David B. Smith Gallery, Emmanuel Gallery, RedLine, Rude Gallery, Gildar Gallery, Rule Gallery, Regis University, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a collaborative project with the contemporary ballet company Wonderbound. Public talks include “Expert Talk” with Conor King at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and a presentation at the College Advisory Committee of the Denver Art Museum’s 20th Annual Symposium in Art and Art History for which she received the William Becker, S.J. Award for Outstanding Paper in Art History.
Affereffect: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Painting — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver CO. Curated by Elissa Auther.
Super Automatic — Rule Gallery, Marfa, TX. Curated by Joseph Coniff.
Blue River – (solo) Old Masonic Hall. Breckenridge Creative Arts, Breckenridge, CO.
Folding and Thrusting – (solo) curated by Cortney Stell. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO.
Made in Colorado – Emmanuel Gallery, University of Colorado Denver, Denver CO. Cameron Gainer and Olga Viso Jurors.
A Harder Soft – Juicebox Gallery, Denver, CO
Draw Me In: The Art of Drawing at the CU Art Museum – University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum, Boulder, CO
10X – 10th Anniversary Retrospective Resident Artist Exhibition – RedLine, Denver, CO
In SIT-u: From the Artist’s Perspective – Arvada Arts Center, Arvada, CO
Drive-In: Personal Space – Black Cube Nomadic Museum, Denver CO
Cabinet – David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO. Curated by Adam Milner.
Peep Show - Castle Marne, Denver, CO
Sunday Paper - Dateline Gallery, Denver, CO
The Open Shelf - Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO
Jokes of Nature - RedLine, Denver CO
The Humming of Objects - Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO2014
Attract/Retract/Attract – Vertigo Art Space, Denver, CO
Form Out of Context – Forest Room 5, Denver, CO
Direct Connect – GroundSwell Gallery, Denver, CO
Even After Everything – Philip J. Steele Gallery, Denver, CO
Contemporary Colorado: A Survey of Contemporary Art In Colorado – Curfman Gallery at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Juried by Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Dashing and Crashing – Hyperlink Gallery, Chicago, IL
More Than Friends – Ironton Gallery and Studios, Denver, CO
Exquisite Corpse: Stamped & Mailed – collaboration with Ryan McRyhew, GroundSwell Gallery, Denver, CO
First Draft – Biennial of the Americas, McNichols Building, Denver, CO. Curated by Cortney Lane Stell
Group Show Vol. 4 – Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO
Attempt at Delineation – (Solo) Rude Gallery, RMCAD, Denver, CO
Material Engagements – RedLine, Denver, CO. Curated by Harmony Hammond
Notes on Feeling – RedLine, Denver, CO. Curated by Elissa Auther
Specimens – Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO
Inaugural Exhibition: Vol. 2 – Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO
AU: Exchange – curated by Cortney Lane Stell, RedLine, Denver, CO (Catalogue)
Shared Experience in Art – Collaborative Performance with Wonderboud (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado), RedLine, Denver, CO
Informal Art Show – RedLine, Denver, CO
RedLine at Republic Plaza – Republic Plaza, Denver, CO
Cross Ties Across Time – RedLine, Denver, CO
Cycle – TitWrench Fest, Rhinoceropolis, Denver, CO
The Painted Violin – Denver Young Artists Orchestra, various locations, Denver, CO
Colorado Art Open – Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO. Christoph Heinrich and Michael Chavez, Jurors.
Alumnae Exhibit – Women’s History Month, Regis University, Denver, CO
You of All People, Here of All Places – RedLine, Denver, CO
Create: A Celebration of Light – Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Aurora, CO
Eco-Centric – Rule Gallery, Denver, CO
Heritage 2008 - O’Sullivan Art Gallery, Regis University, Denver, Colorado
Specimens of Lineology – (Solo) National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
Current Works from Open Press – Tointon Gallery for the Visual Arts, Greeley, CO
Feast for the Eyes: Senior Thesis Exhibition – O’Sullivan Arts Center, Regis University, Denver, CO
Breckenridge Creative Arts
RedLine, Denver, CO
Awards and Professional Associations
2016 - Present
Artist Research Committee – Museum Contemporary Art Denver
Board of Directors – Tilt West
2015 - 2017
Board of Directors – 40 West Arts, Lakewood, CO
2012 - Present
Founding Member – TANK Studios, LLC
Named one of 100 Colorado Creatives – Westword, Denver, CO
TANK Studios, winner of “Best New Artist Studios” – Award by Westword, Denver, CO
Material Engagements, winner of “Best Member Art Show” Award by Westword, Denver, CO
Artist Representative on the Board of Directors – RedLine, Denver
Education/Outreach Committee, Member and Artist Launching the EPIC Arts Program – RedLine, Denver
The William Becker, S.J. Award for Outstanding Paper in Art History – Regis University, Denver, CO
Rinaldi, Ray Mark. “Tracking Georgia O’Keeffe’s influence on artists today at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.” The Denver Post.
Westword Staff. “The 21 Best Events in Denver, February 13-19.” Westword.
Rinaldi, Ray Mark. “Made in Colorado” Exhibition Shows How Some Things Are Changing – And How Some Will Always Stay the Same.” The Know, The Denver Post.
Rinaldi, Ray Mark. “6 (mostly free) Interactive Art Lectures in Denver That Deserve Your Attention” The Know, The Denver Post.
Paglia, Michael. “Art Review: Jokes of Nature at RedLine Laughs at the Beauty of the Grotesque.” Westword
"Another 100 Colorado Creatives" Westword
Froyd, Susan. “Gallery Sketches: Four Shows for the Weekend of June 27-29.” The Westword Arts and Culture blog
Froyd, Susan. “Gallery Sketches: Four Shows for the Weekend of June 6-7.” The Westword Arts and Culture blog
Hua, Vivian, “Best Album Covers of the Year.” Redefinemag.com
Froyd, Susan. “Artist-run TANK Studios sets a new precedent in the local art scene.” The Westword.
Artist Talks and Presentations
Expert Talk with Conor King, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
Metro State University, Denver, CO
Regis University, Denver, CO
College Advisory Committee, Denver Art Museum’s 20th Annual Symposium in Art and Art History, presenting “I’m Afraid to Have My Picture Taken:” A Rooftop Balancing Act and the Enigmatic Identity of Margaret Bourke-White in “Self-Portrait with Camera”
Collections and Commissions
CU Boulder Art Museum
The Ellen Bruss and Mark Falcone Collection
7/S Haus – Denver, CO
Hotel Born, Denver, CO
EPIC Gala, RedLine, Denver, CO
Regis University – Denver, Colorado
2005 BFA, English Literature and Visual Arts, Magna Cum Lade – Regis University, Denver, CO
2004 Semester Abroad – A.C.U., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2002 Literature and Photography Short-Term Study Abroad – San Giovanni, Italy
2013-Present Director - Visiting Artist, Scholar, Designer Program. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Lakewood, CO.