b. 1980 Tacoma, WA
Kelda Martensen is a visual artist known for her work in printmaking, collage, book arts and murals. Awards include the Sustainable Arts Foundation Individual Artist Award, 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. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France) in 2011, Pratt Fine Art Center (Seattle, WA) in 2016 and Pine Meadow Ranch (Sisters, Oregon) in 2021. Her prints and artist books are in private and public collections including the Microsoft Art Collection, Google Art Collection, King County Portable Works Collection, City of Tacoma Art Collections, Washington University in St. Louis Special Collections Library, Southern Graphics Council International Archive, Bokartas Contemporary Art Center, Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book, University of Missouri and Willamette University permanent collections.
Martensen is tenured faculty of art at North Seattle College. Martensen earned a BA in Studio Art from Willamette University and an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives, works and parents in Seattle, Washington with her family.
Representation: J. Rinehart Gallery (Seattle, WA)