b. 1980 Tacoma, WA

Kelda Martensen is a visual artist known for her work in printmaking, collage, book arts and murals. Her expansive and intimate gestures make adventurous use of space and explore the poetic nuance of longing. Her awards include the Bell Cramer Award in Printmaking and the Conceptual Visionary Award from Pratt Fine Art Center. Her teaching awards include the Dan Evans Innovation in Teaching Award, the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award and Association of Women Faculty Graduate Award. Course work, grants, projects and residencies have taken her to Ireland, South Africa, Japan, France and Germany. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France in 2011 and at Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle in 2016. Her prints and artist books are in private and public collections including the City of Tacoma, Google Corporate offices, Special Collections Library at Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Graphics Council International Archive, Bokartas Contemporary Art Center, Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book, University of Missouri and Willamette University.

Martensen is a tenured professor of art at North Seattle College where she teaches and serves as department chair of Visual Art. Martensen earned a BA with honors in Studio Art from Willamette University and an MFA with honors from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Seattle, Washington.