When making drawings, sculptures, installations, and performances, Gretchen Marie Schaefer is thinking primarily about sight and perception as they relate to understanding. Schaefer was born, raised, and currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado. She holds a bachelor degree in English Literature and Visual Arts from Regis University. She is a founding member of TANK Studios, LLC., and is on the board of directors of Tilt West, a non-profit dedicated to fostering critical dialog in art and culture. Since 2013 Schaefer has directed the visiting artist program at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design where she hosted Miranda July, Andrea Zittel, Dario Robleto, Sondra Perry, Paul Pfeiffer, Sara Cwynar, Kalup Linzy, Michael Jones McKean, Samara Golden, and Kevin Young among many others. Her work has been exhibited at numerous locations including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the CU Boulder Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.