Ms. Strelau is an artist and researcher whose work has been exhibited in group and solo shows for more than 40 years. Born in Germany, she relocated to the United States in 1960 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and both a Master of Arts in American History/Diplomacy and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from American University. During the 1970s, Ms. Strelau was a historical researcher and research assistant for the Iranian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and she holds a certificate in Arabic from Johns Hopkins University. Her scholarly work has included research on Abstract Expressionism and postwar American art, and her recent work on Chinese martial arts, da Vinci, and United States diplomacy was accepted by a global conference in 2020. Ms. Strelau’s art has been shown at galleries in India and the United States, and she is represented in the permanent collections of the American University Museum and the C. Law Watkins Memorial Collection. In addition to her work in the arts, Ms. Strelau has been a competitor in international Kung Fu and wushu tournaments since 2017.
Ms. Strelau’s professional journey was featured in an issue of Forbes Magazine.
Ms. Strelau was honored among a select group of Marquis listees in the Wall Street Journal.