Renee van der Stelt was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up in Ontario and Iowa. She received an M.A. in Art History (1990) and an MFA in Drawing (1993) from the University of Iowa. Ms. van der Stelt now lives in Maryland and is an educator and artist. Her work is included in the Drawing Center's Artist Registry, NY. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Baltimore Office for the Promotion of the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the TKF Foundation. In the past, she has worked in a variety of capacities as museum educator, registrar, curator, and instructor of drawing. Organizations she has worked for include the Walker Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, the gallery at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Cornell College. She was resident artist at the MacDowell Colony (2008), and the Roswell Artist in Residence program (2008-09). She currently teaches undergraduate drawing courses, mentors MFA in Studio Art graduate students and coordinates professional practice for the MFA in Studio Art program at Maryland Institute College of Art.