Dean Pulver



Dean Pulver is a full-time sculptor and furniture maker working in wood. Growing up in a multicultural family of artists in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was influenced by both of his parents: his German and Irish father, a commercial illustrator, art director, and painter, and his Japanese mother, a clothing designer and fiber artist.

In 1987, Pulver graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in sculpture. Since then, he has been exhibiting and teaching extensively in the United States. With artworks shown in galleries and museum exhibitions and collections including the Fuller Craft Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and The Center for Art in Wood, one can also find the artist's previous trade of fine art functional furniture collected into impressive museums.

Pulver has taught at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Penland School of Crafts, and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.  In 2017, the artist was awarded the Bob Stocksdale International Award for Creativity from the Center for Art in Wood. 

Now, the artist has been living in Taos, New Mexico for over 20 years with his wife, ceramic artist Abby Salsbury. The couple is currently developing “Taos Mesa Arts”, a center for exhibitions, classes, retreats, and residencies.

Photographs: credit to Kathleen Brennan

Schools of Study

Philadelphia College of Art, PA, BFA in Sculpture, 1987
Penland School of Crafts, NC, 2011

Selected Awards

Bob Stocksdale International Award for Creativity, 2017
Purchase Award, New Mexico Arts, 2011
Carol Duke Award, Bellevue Museum of Art, 2008
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Fellowship, 2007
Visiting Artist’s Grant, Kendall College of Art
Best of Show in Funiture, Taos Fall Arts Festival, 2006
Anderson Ranch Art Center Scholarship, 1999
The Alfreda and Sam Maloof Scholarship, 1995

Selected Exhibitions

Harwood Museum of Art, NM, 2020
Bellevue Art Museum, WA, 2020
Center for Art in Wood, PA, 2016
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, 2011
Stables Gallery, Taos, NM, 2009
Wexler Gallery, PA, 2006
Fuller Craft Museum, MA, 2005

Dean Pulver at 203 Fine Art

Artist Statement

"I’m interested in making pieces that are resonate and reflective. To resonate, meaning to evoke or suggest images, memories, and emotions.  And reflective, meaning being brought into deep thought and contemplation.  I find that in using forms that are basic and elemental, there becomes an openness for the viewer to create multi-referential relationships to the pieces.  I am creating simple but rich forms to reference man and nature, engineering and design, creation and invention, time and transition, and growth and change.  I feel that recognizing and celebrating this overlap of nature, science, and creativity is essential in these times.  Through honoring the handmade process and the traditional techniques of my medium, I strive to make pieces that are full of truth and meaning. 

My hope is to create a beauty that is true and pure, and resonates in the mind. Seducing the senses through the opposition and balance of forms, textures, and content. To create pieces that are raw and honest and express the perfection in imperfection. Layered with reference to nature, culture, creativity, life, and living, they are meant to be monuments to our existence." - Dean Pulver

Selected Works in Our Inventory