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Kelly Frederick Mizer received her BFA in painting and drawing from School of the Visual Arts (NYC) to which she received a full tuition Silas H. Rhodes presidential scholarship. Since 1996, she has been teaching art at Wauwatosa East High School, has served as the Art Area Chairperson for the Wauwatosa School District, and is currently their Art Curriculum Content Team Leader.

She has been the proud recipient of three national Gold Portfolio Teacher Awards from the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers and has received two nominations for the Coca Cola Distinguished Teacher Award. Her portfolio students have received millions of dollars in scholarship offers and many of her students have received both regional and national recognition through both Scholastic and youngARTS (a competition sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts), including two Presidential Scholar nominees and three national gold key portfolios. Recently, her illustrations were featured in New American Paintings (Midwestern Edition #59) and well as in 3x3 Illustration Directory No. 11. She is the author and illustrator of five books: Greta and the Angels, Caroline's Wish, Waiting for You, and Summer of the Pigeon, and Red Cabbage for Breakfast. She is also an illustrator for the language app, Phrasi (

Her most recent endeavors have included writing a blog that documents her experiences as a working artist and mother of four (


2019 Handmade for the Home: The Craft of Contemporary Design/Museum of Wisconsin Art / Press from show:

2018    Traces and Threads, solo exhibit at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

2018 Silver Medal with Distinction Educator Award, Alliance of Artists and Writers (Scholastic)

2018 Designed textiles for the St. Kate arts hotel in Milwaukee, WI

2017     Uppercase No.35

2017    Uppercase No. 34

2017    Distinguished Service Award, Wauwatosa School District

2017    Gold Medal Educator Award, Alliance of Artists and Writers (Scholastic) 

2015    Illustrator for the language app Phrasi

2015    Master Educator award and scholarship to CEI, MIAD

2015   Connect Four, Group Exhibition, Pius XI Fine Arts Gallery

2014    Faculty Show, Wauwatosa School District

2011     3 x 3 Magazine No.11 Illustrated Directory

2010    Merit Scholarship Savannah College of Art and Design

2006   Gallery Night Exhibit at Riverwalk Bistro

2006   Coca Cola Distinguished Teacher in the Arts nomination

2006    Young Arts NFAA magazine

2005    New American Paintings No. 59

2005    Solo exhibit at Anthillia, Wauwatosa, WI

2005   Creative Educators Institute Show at MIAD

2005   Master Educator award and scholarship to CEI, MIAD

2003   Group Show, Wisconsin Lutheran College

2001    Group Show, Wisconsin Lutheran College


1997-present   Art Educator, Department Chair, Wauwatosa East High School

1999-present   Art Area Chairperson/Content Leader for the Wauwatosa School District

1994-1997         Art Educator, Dominican High School