Renee van der Stelt received an M.A. in art history and MFA in drawing and printmaking in 1990 and 1993 from the University of Iowa. She has worked as museum educator, registrar, curator, and instructor of drawing at various institutions including the Walker Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
She was resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, Roswell Artist in Residence program, Philadelphia Art Hotel, and Kaus Australis. Grants include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Baltimore Office for the Promotion of the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, and the TKF Foundation. Since 2014, she has worked as faculty mentor for the Low Residency MFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and is currently Visiting Assistant Faculty of Studio Art at Washington College, in Chestertown, MD.
Renee van der Stelt's drawings and installations have been exhibited at venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. Selected solo exhibitions include Borders and Migration: Shifting Geographies at Rogers Gallery, Berea College, KY, Recordings at Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington D.C., Sphere Chart & Site Drawings at GalleryOne in Ellensburg, WA, Veiled Geography: Impermanent Drawings at the University of Vermont, Projections: Line on Land at the Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA, and Global/Local at the Roswell Museum of Art, NM.
Recent group exhibitions include "3 Strategies for Surprise' at Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD, 'Interval' with Bruce Pollock at GrizzlyGrizzly, Philadelphia, PA, 'Out of the Blue' at Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL, 'Converge' at FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY, 'Checks and Balances' at HEREart, NY, 'Division of Labor' at Current Gallery, Baltimore MD, and 'Spacial Shift' at Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI.
Collaborations with artists include: drawing workshops at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, (e)Merge Art Fair, Washington D.C. with Jassie Rios & Free[Space] Collective, 'Consolidated Landscapes' with Jassie Rios at Delicious Spectacle, Washington D.C. and 'Drawing the Found Line: Jassie Rios & Renee van der Stelt' at the WIPSpace, Artisphere, Arlington, VA.