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
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
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, Seattle, WA 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
2017 Bridge Productions, Seattle, WA: The Rough Draft of Everything
2017 Vignettes Gallery, Seattle, WA: Derelict, you’re not coming back,
I mean that in the nicest way, rest
2017 INCA, Seattle, WA: This Might Not Work, Here is 1972 reading, Open Forum series
2016 Indivisible Gallery, Portland, OR: A message for the passerby; a record or report
Holiday Forever Gallery, Jackson, WY: Here is 1972 reading
2015 The Alice Gallery, Seattle, WA: Project Diana, The ‘M’ Word for an Unfolded World Map
2014 The Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT: Postgraduate exhibition and reading
2011 Vignettes, Seattle, WA: Tahoma
2010 Seattle Art Museum video installation, Seattle, WA: I Don’t Blame You
2008 Howard House, Seattle, WA: Hello
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 SNAG Gallery, Gretchen Frances Bennett and Amelia Layton Reed - May. Seattle, WA
2018 Becoming American, 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, May 2017, Seattle and Helsinki
2016 Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA: The Potato Eaters
2015 King Street Station, Seattle, WA: Out of Sight
2015 NEPO 5k Don’t Run, Seattle, WA
2014 Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA: Idleness
2014 33 Orchard, New York, NY: AS/Orchard
2013 The Hedreen Gallery Seattle University, Seattle, WA: The rug pulled out from underneath;
you lie on the floor
2012 The Drawing Center and LMCC, Governors Island, NY, River to River Festival: Windfall Alphabet
2011 Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL: Heel Gezellig
2010 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA: Kurt
2010 Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA: Gift Shop
2009 Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, BC: Paper Trail: Serial Material
2009 The Helm Gallery, Tacoma, WA: Second Peoples
2009 Open Satellite Editions Northwest Edition, Dying Fawn
2007 Western Bridge, Seattle, WA: Kit Bashing
2004 Artists in The Marketplace (AIM) 24 Residency Exhibition, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
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.
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 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 – “Shaw Osha and Gretchen Bennett: Conversations.”
La Norda Specialo, # 1 – “You and I Have Memories Longer Than the Road: A Philosophy of Street A