Gretchen Dow Simpson attended the Rhode Island School of Design, class of 1961. She has been a painter since 1970. From 1974 to 1995, The New Yorker magazine used 58 of her paintings as covers. Gretchen has shown her work in New York City, Maine, Rhode Island, and has many paintings in private collections. She has produced prints, posters, and her work has been on many book jackets and part of advertising campaigns. She was honored to be featured in the Absolute Vodka campaign – Absolute Dow Simpson.
Gretchen’s studio is in Pawtucket, where she has been involved in Pawtucket Arts Collaborative and The ArtsMarketPlacePawtucket, a part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival. She designed a mural on Route 95 in Pawtucket in 2012. Gretchen received a Pell Award in 2005, an Honorary Degree from Bryant University in 2010, and was awarded The Special Distinction Award by The Pawtucket Foundation in 2013.