2014      Postgraduate Studies, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT

2001      MFA in Visual Arts, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ

1998      Independent Studies, Department of Glass in Architecture, Academy of Arts,

             Architecture and Design, Prague, CZ

1996      Student Fulbright Scholar, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague, CZ

1983      BFA in Liberal Arts, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA


Awards, Grants and Fellowships 


2017      Neddy Artist Award Finalist in Open Medium, Seattle, WA

2016      Core Fulbright US Scholar Program Short List, Teaching/Research Grant, CZ

2015      Core Fulbright US Scholar Program Short List, Teaching/Research Grant, CZ

2014      Seattle Art Museum Annual Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award, Seattle, WA

2010      Artist Trust GAP Grant, Seattle, WA

2008      Fractured Atlas Development Grant, New York, NY

2006      Arts Special Projects Grant, 4Culture, Seattle, WA

2006      Artist Trust GAP Grant, Seattle, WA

2005      Artist Trust Fellowship, Seattle, WA

1996      Student Fulbright Scholar Grant, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design,

Glass in the Context of Architecture Atelier, Prague, CZ


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2019      Frye Art Museum, Gretchen Frances Bennett: Air, the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth,

organized by the Frye Art Museum, curated by Amanda Donnan, Seattle, WA

2017      Bridge Productions, The Rough Draft of Everything, Seattle, WA

2017      Vignettes Gallery, Derelict, you’re not coming back, I mean that in the nicest way, rest, Seattle, WA

2016      Indivisible Gallery, A message for the passerby; a record or report, Portland, OR

2015      The Alice Gallery, Project Diana, The ‘M’ Word for an Unfolded World Map, Seattle, WA

2014      The Vermont College of Fine Arts, Postgraduate exhibition and reading, Montpelier, VT

2011      Vignettes, Tahoma, Seattle, WA

2010      Seattle Art Museum video installation, I Don’t Blame You, Seattle, WA

2008      Howard House, Hello, Seattle, WA


Selected Group Exhibitions


2019 SNAG Gallery, Gretchen Frances Bennett and Amelia Layton Reed - May. Seattle, WA

2018      Becoming American,“Air, the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth,” San Juan Island, WA 

2018      Fire in the Mountains, Jackson, WY 

2018 Neddy Artist Award Exhibition, studio e, Seattle, WA

2017      RED MAY online exhibition, organized by This Might Not Work, Tru Truth, May 2017, Seattle, WA and Helsinki, FI

2016      Greg Kucera Gallery, The Potato Eaters, Seattle, WA

2015      King Street Station, Out of Sight, Seattle, WA

2015      NEPO 5k Don’t Run, Soft Plaques, Seattle, WA

2014      Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Idleness, Seattle, WA

2014      33 Orchard, AS/Orchard, New York, NY

2013      The Hedreen Gallery Seattle University, The rug pulled out from underneath;

             you lie on the floor, Seattle, WA

2012      The Drawing Center and LMCC, River to River Festival: Windfall Alphabet, Governors Island, NY

2011      Grimm Gallery, Heel Gezellig, Amsterdam, NL

2010      Seattle Art Museum, Kurt, Seattle, WA

2010      Henry Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Seattle, WA

2009      Gallery Atsui, Paper Trail: Serial Material, Vancouver, BC

2009      The Helm Gallery, Second Peoples, Tacoma, WA

2009 Open Satellite Northwest Edition, Dying Fawn, Bellevue, WA

2007      Western Bridge, Kit Bashing, Seattle, WA

2004      Artists in The Marketplace (AIM) 24 Residency Exhibition, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY


Professional Development


2015-19        Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA: writing courses, for an ongoing independent study

of the craft of writing

2015-16        Center for Digital Learning and Innovation Seattle University, Course Design, Seattle, WA

2012-14        Postgraduate Studies, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT


Print Media Bibliography

Keimia, Jasmyne, “Using Colored Pencils to Transcend the Digital: Gretchen Frances Bennett's drawings of YouTube and Instagram phenomena,” The Seattle Stranger, February 27, 2019.

Amanda Manitach, “Violence Sublime,” City Arts Magazine, May 25, 2013.

Jen Graves and Erin Langner, “California, Seattle, and Las Vegas,” The Seattle Stranger, January 14, 2010.

Jen Graves, “Dangerously in Love: Gretchen Bennett’s Big, Public Drawings of Beyoncé, Drag, and the Places Light Doesn’t Reach,” The Seattle Stranger, September 2, 2010.

Matthew Offenbacher, “Green Gothic,” La Especial Norte #4, June 2009.

Jen Graves, “Here We Are Now: Gretchen Bennett Colors in Kurt Cobain,” The Seattle Stranger, April 3, 2008.


Online Media Bibliography

Milne, Stefan, “Get Yourself to the Frye. It’s Full of Excellent Exhibitions: Four current shows have the art museum brimming with wit and energy,” Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Flock T.s., “The Frye Has Never Looked Better, and that is Saying Something,” Vanguard Seattle, Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Margo Vansynghel, “On the Tenderness in the Everyday: Gretchen Frances Bennett,” City Arts Magazine, Friday, July 21, 2017.

Sharon Butler, “Gretchen Frances Bennett’s Tenderness,” Two Coats of Paint, July 17, 2017.

MKNZ, “When Something Passes,” Vignettes in the Studio, May 2017.

Sharon Arnold, “Gretchen Frances Bennett \ The Rough Draft of Everything,” July 2017.

Sharon Arnold, “The Tenderness Movement,” City Arts Magazine, Friday, October 14, 2016. 

Aidan Fitzgerald, “Gretchen Frances Bennett: To Catch Something Moving, and Make It Still,”

Vignettes in The Studio.

Amanda Manitach, “The Conversation: Gretchen Bennett And Matthew Offenbacher,” 

New American Paintings, July 25, 2012.

Jessica Powers, “Cat Powered: Gretchen Bennett at Seattle Art Museum,” ARTSlant Worldwide,

March 30, 2010.  

Sharon Butler, “Gretchen Bennett’s Love Letters to Kurt Cobain In Seattle,” Two Coats of Paint,

April 4, 2008.


Artist Lectures and Performances

2019     Lecture/Presentation, The Evergreen State College Art Lecture Series, Olympia, WA

2019     Frye Art Museum, special performance by artists Gretchen Frances Bennett 

and mmuumm (Brit Ruggirello), for the opening of Bennett’s solo exhibition

2016      Reading: “Here Is 1972,” Holiday Forever Gallery, Jackson, WY

2016      Reading: “Here Is 1972,” Indivisible Gallery, Portland, OR

2016      Reading: “Here Is 1972,” for the series, This Might Not Work at INCA

(Institute for New Connotative Action), Seattle, WA

2015      Lecture: “Windfall Alphabet,” Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA,

(with writer Sierra Nelson and artist-writer Alice Bolin)

2015      Lecture: “Visual Artist Focus: Working with Galleries,” Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA,

(with Henry Art Gallery Assistant Curator Nina Bozicnik)

2014      Lecture/Presentation, The Evergreen State College Art Lecture Series, Olympia, WA

2014      Presentation, Betty Bowen Artist Awards, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2013      Lecture/Presentation, Western Washington University Fine Arts Department, Bellingham, WA

2012      Artist Lecture Series: Seattle Catalog (Sea-Cat), The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA




2019 Hedgebrook Master Classes Writers Residency with Lan Samantha Chang: Family Stories

2016      Mathew Day Jackson and Laura Seymour Gift Residency, Wilson WY

2011      Corporation of YADDO Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY

2010      Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency, Governors Island, NY

2009      The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland

2008      The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland

2004      Bronx Museum Artists in the Marketplace Residency, Bronx, NY

2003 Corporation of YADDO Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY


Published Creative Writing


Earth Saga Press, Letters from Earth, “Like My Heart.” Edited by Tine Bek, Glasgow, United Kingdom, September 2017.

La Norda Specialo, # 14 – “Teenage Experience.” Edited by Rumi Koshino. January, 2017.

La Norda Specialo, # 9 – “The Cat Moving Ever Closer.” January 2012.


Published Art Writing


Vignettes, In the Studio, “Pure and Whole, Tough and Tender. Home. Alive.” July 2017.

Vignettes, In the Studio, “The Lifesaving Qualities of Joey Veltkamp’s Large Quilted Work: Life Is Beautiful.”

Vignettes, In the Studio, “Klara Glasova: Wonderland.”

La Norda Specialo, # 8 – The Art History Series 1 Czech Cubism! “There is a Crack in Everything.”

La Norda Specialo, # 6 – “Gretchen Bennett and Shaw Osha: Conversations,” Seattle, WA, February, 2010.

La Norda Specialo, # 1 – “You and I Have Memories Longer Than the Road: A Philosophy of Street Art,” Seattle, WA, April, 2008.