University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, WI, 1986-1991; B.S. in Communication Processes, minors in Communication Arts and Linguistics
UW-Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, WI, April 2006 and 2008: Bookmaking with Alice Tzaikis
Learned to create 10 different handmade books and bindings with an emphasis on mixed media applications.
Valley Ridge Art Studio, Muscoda, WI, March 2009: "Personal Geographies" with Jill Berry
Studied the history of maps and cartography and their uses in art. Used mixed media to create five of our own maps as they relate to our personal lives.
Raevn's Nest Art Retreat, Cedarburg, WI, October 2009: "Make a Scene" with Jill Berry.
Created 3-D scenes using miniature images and mixed-media materials.
Fond du Lac Artists Association, Fond du Lac, WI, April 2010: "Fused Glass Frames" with Trista Holz.
Learned how to used colored glass to make a picture frame. Also used frit and learned how to use the glass sander.
Windhover Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, June 2011: "The Art of Collage: an Exploration of Materials and Techniques" with Randel Plowman.
Brushed up on techniques and learned some new ways to create collages.
Fond du Lac Artists' Association: Member, February 2010-present
Wisconsin Visual Artists: Member, May, 2010-present; current Secretary of the State Governing Board and Chair of the NE Chapter
Arnold Grummer, Inc.: Certified Papermaker, Februrary, 2012-present; Design Team member, July, 2013-January, 2014
Full collection of framed artwork and pendants for sale held at the Gallery & Frame Shop, Fond du Lac, WI (ongoing)
Retro Renovation: One collage per month for Website, January 2010-June, 2011. Site owner/commissioner: Pam Kueber, Lenox, MA; Website: http://retrorenovation.com/?s=Mel+Kolstad
"ATC Quarterly", August 2007-2011: featured ATCs in 10 issues of this Canadian publication; also featured artist (2010) and instructor (2011).
1000 Steampunk Inspirations (May, 2011) - featured artist
"Professional Artist" (July-August, 2012) - featured artist in "Using Pinterest to Promote your Work" article
The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2010/02/the-telephone-book-or-a-problem-of-heft.html
Art e-zine.co.uk: http://art-e-zine.co.uk/melatc.html
Zibbet - http://www.zibbet.com/blog/2010.03.15/the-difference-between-customer-service-mail-fraud
Rural Intelligence: http://www.ruralintelligence.com/index.php/site/
A Way to Garden: http://awaytogarden.com/book/the-collage-of-life-kindness-of-friends-old-and-new/
Green Cricket Salvage: