Gretchen Marie Schaefer: Folding and Thrusting

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

October 3, 2019 - January 19, 2020

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30pm
  • Curated by Cortney Lane Stell
  • Aritst talk: Thursday, November 21st from 6:30-7:30pm: An interview between Exhibiting Artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer and contemporary landscape painter Beau Carey exploring Schaefer’s work, which combines geographic abstraction with notions of perception
gsboulderImage: Gretchen Marie Schaefer, Folding (detail), 2019. Image courtesy of the artist

Folding and Thrusting is a solo exhibition of new work by Denver-based artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer. Rooted in geology, the exhibition features a large-scale dimensional painting and photographic works that combine geologic abstraction with notions of perception. This exhibition expands on her most recent body of work that, through challenging our relationship with the earth, delves into the implicit power dynamics embedded in common ways of seeing the world. By challenging these common assumptions, these sculptural paintings and photographs explore the nature of vision and the cultural frameworks that bolster world-views.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302


Gretchen Marie Schaefer currently works in Denver, Colorado, where she was born and raised. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Visual Arts from Regis University. She is an alumna of the Artist-in-Residence program at RedLine Denver, where she also served as an Artist Representative on the Board of Directors and on the Education Committee. Schaefer currently works as the Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program Director at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, where she has hosted artists Miranda July, Judy Chicago, Andrea Zittel, and Dario Robleto, among many others. She is a founding member 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 University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum, 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. Schaefer’s public talks include “Expert Talk” with Conor King at 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.

About Cortney Lane Stell

Cortney Lane Stell, Guest Curator, is the Executive Director + Chief Curator of Black Cube, a nomadic contemporary art museum based in Denver, Colorado. She has held an independent curatorial practice since 2006, which has included curating numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally for museums, university galleries, biennials and art events. Stemming from a philosophical interest in art as communication, Stell has organized exhibitions that focus on artworks experimental in both conceptual and material nature, including exhibitions with artists such as Liam Gillick, Cyprien Gaillard, Daniel Arsham, and Shirley Tse. Stell holds a MA from the European Graduate School in Switzerland where she is also a PhD candidate in Media Communications.