Carmen Schaefer holds an MA in Art History and an MFA in Photography and Drawing. She has studied with Allan Kaprow at Stony Brook University, Henry Holmes Smith at Indiana University, and Arnold Gasson at Ohio University.
This schooling, along with a life of early constant travel as the daughter of a career Navy man, is reflected in her work. There was no “hometown.” There were eight different schools before high school. It was a very peripatetic and isolated life.
Carmen has shown photographs at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, taken first place for photography at the Central New York Art Open and second place at the Plymouth Center for the Arts National Photography Exhibit and Competition, and shown photographs internationally at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary. She has exhibited drawings at over 40 venues and galleries. She has won awards for drawing at the 33rd Bradley Print & Drawing Exhibition and 29th International Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition at Gormley Gallery Notre Dame of Maryland University, the 53rd Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture show in Corpus Christie, Texas, Connecticut Academy of Fine Art CAFA+ show and for the 2020 American Art Awards competing with artists from 62 countries.
Carmen has been featured in Lake Affect magazine, Along magazine, and Artisstonish Magazine.
She is a signature member of the Rochester Art Club, a member of Rochester Contemporary Art, and an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art.
Her work is in many private collections.