Renee van der Stelt's visual practice and research focuses on contemporary drawing, with recent focus around complexities of human relationships toward the natural environment, mapping and revealing overlooked spaces, including the politic of the body in contested space. She has received grants and residency awards in support of her work including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, BOPA, TKF Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Roswell Artist in Residence, and Kaus Australis. Renee is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Drawing in the Department of Art and Art History at Franklin & Marshal College. Last spring she was Interim Director at Kohl Gallery, Washington College while also teaching Environmental Art. From 2012 - 2018 she was a graduate Faculty Mentor for the Low Residency MFA in Studio Art program at MICA. In addition to teaching drawing, van der Stelt worked as museum educator, registrar, and assistant curator at the Walker Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture/UMBC. She holds a Masters in Art History and MFA in Studio Art/Drawing from the U of Iowa.
Renee van der Stelt’s drawings and installations have been exhibited at venues through the U.S. and abroad. Select solo exhibitions include Neck of the woods: Marrow at Elon University, What lies Beneath at China Hutch Projects, Tremor in Shadow at Project 1628, Borders & Migration: Shifting Geographies at Berea College, 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: +1 currently at Goucher College and Recollections at Blackrock Center for the Arts, Schema Projects Volume 2, Brooklyn NY, 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. Past collaborations with artists in the region include (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.