Kelda Martensen has been recognized for her mixed media prints on paper and her leadership in the arts and arts education by the Association of Women Faculty Graduate Award, Larry Sommers Art Fellowship Merit Award, Cité Internationale des Arts residency in Paris, France, Washington State Arts Commission, Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Illustrated Book Award, Bell Cramer Award in Printmaking and Pratt Fine Art Center Professional Artist-in-Residence program. Her prints and artist books are in private and public collections including the Special Collections Library at Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Graphics Council International Archive, Bokartas Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius, Lithuania), Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book, the City of Tacoma and Willamette University.

Martensen serves as tenured faculty and art department coordinator at North Seattle College where she teaches drawing, painting, printmaking, design, book art and mural art. Martensen is the recipient of the Dan Evans Innovation in Teaching Award and the John and Suanne Roueche Faculty Excellence Award.

Martensen earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Willamette University and a Master’s of Fine Art with honors from the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis. She has completed additional courses in art and contemporary art history at the University of Natal – Durban in Durban, South Africa, University of Alaska – Anchorage, Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, the Kulturprojeckte Sommerakadamie in Berlin, Germany and in Galway, Ireland. Martensen was born in Tacoma, Washington and now lives and works in Seattle.