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Born in Montreal and raised on an Ontario farm, Gretchen Sankey spent her childhood building things and considering the things built by others. After completing BFA and MFA degrees, she helped to form the installation-based collective, 23rd Room. The collective coordinated numerous site-specific exhibitions in abandoned spaces. These spaces include the bi-annual, Duke-u-menta installation series above Torontoâ€™s Duke of Connaught Tavern. Her drawings, paintings, and sculptures have shown across Canada (notably at Agnes Etherington Art Center, Mercer Union, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Rodman Hall, and Saw Galleries) and in the United States (Robischon Gallery, Rockefeller Art Center), Mexico (Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato) and Germany (Zweigstelle Gallery, Berlin). Gretchen appreciates her good fortune to have received numerous Canada Council, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council grants and to have had her work reviewed in publications including Canadian Art, Now Magazine and The Globe and Mail. Gretchenâ€™s love of the dual-joy of making art and sharing this deeply human act with others naturally lead to teaching. After twenty-five years of building her private practice and teaching portfolio, she is now a permanent full-time Professor in the Visual and Creative Arts Program at Sheridan College.