Kelly Salchow MacArthur is Associate Professor of Studio Art and Co-Coordinator of Graphic Design at Michigan State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Before joining the faculty at MSU, she was Program Head of Graphic Design and Assistant Professor at Kansas City Art Institute. Other previous teaching experiences include RISD and The College of New Jersey.

She is a Regional (USA) Director in the international design organization, United Designs Alliance. She is a member of the UCDA Design Educator's Advisory Committee, and CAA's Committee on Intellectual Property. She served as President of the Detroit Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, 2009–2011—which followed five years of service as Education Director for the Detroit and Kansas City Chapters.

Her concepts and design work have appeared in several publications, including SustainAble: A Handbook of Materials and Applications for Graphic Designers and Their Clients; Mapping the Intelligence of Artistic Work: An Explorative Guide to Making, Thinking, and Writing; Typography, Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography; Designing for the Greater Good: The Best in Cause-Related Marketing and Nonprofit Design; and Atomic Ranch Magazine. Kelly has presented at AIGA, University and College Designers Association, International Design Principles and Practices, College Art Association, and International Institute for Information Design conferences. She has guest lectured at Drake University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, Western Michigan University, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, and College of Mount Saint Joseph. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and selected by Graphis Poster Annual, Print, Creative Quarterly, GD USA, IIID, Type Directors Club, American Alliance of Museums, United Designs, AIGA Kansas City, and AIGA Detroit competitions. Projects through elevate design (formerly thrive design)—her independent company—generate design solutions for clients such as a2 modern, The Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Hambre NYC, P-Zone Press, MSU Press, Seattle Rowing Center, What I Know Now Enterprises, and MSU's Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

A retired two-time Olympian, she balances her passion for design and education with miles of rowing on the Huron River. Raising her two children has proven to be her most enlightening and challenging design project to date.