Frank Mittelstadt was born and raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin where he graduated from Beaver Dam High School and later from Madison Area Technical College. Currently he lives on Beaver Dam Lake with his lovely wife, Lori, a talented kitchen designer.
Much of the inspiration for Frank's work is found in his own backyard, the lake and marshes that surround his home. Frank enjoys just about any activity that takes him outdoors - skiing,hiking, biking, fishing, camping, hunting, and golf!
Whether working in acrylics, oils, pastels or pencils, Frank Mittelstadt always strives for the most accurate portrayals of the natural world. He is known best for his bold lighting and meticulous details.
As a self-taught artist, Frank has garnered a remarkable list of awards which include:
Winner - Wisconsin Duck Stamp Contest, 1993 & 1999
Finalist - Federal Duck Stamp Contest, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 (3rd place!) & 2018 (2nd place!)
Winner - Wisconsin Trout Stamp 1992
Winner - Wisconsin Salmon Stamp 1992
Artist of the Year - Wings over Wisconsin
Ducks Unlimited sponsor print artist
Artist of the Year - Wis. Waterfowl Assn.
Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum - 1991 & 1993
Arts for the Parks Top 100, Jackson Hole, WY - 1989, 1990, 1993 & 1998
Paint the Parks Top 100 and Mini 50, 2009
Frank has designed many collector plates for The Bradford Exchange as well as beer steins, wine labels, canoe paddles & pool cues too numerous to mention. Many of his limited-edition prints have sold out and his originals are found in collections through-out North America!
About the Artist