Dean Pulver is a full-time sculptor and furniture maker working in wood. Growing up in a multi-cultural family of artists in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was influenced by his German and Irish father, a commercial illustrator, art director and painter, and his Japanese mother, a clothing designer and fiber artist.
Pulver graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1987 in sculpture. He has been exhibiting and teaching extensively in the United States and his works are shown in galleries and museum exhibitions and collections including the Fuller Craft Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and The Center for Art in Wood.
Pulver has taught at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Penland School of Crafts, and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. In 2017 he was awarded the Bob Stocksdale International Award for Creativity from the Center for Art in Wood.
Living in Taos, New Mexico for over 20 years with his wife, ceramic artist Abby Salsbury, Pulver and Salsbury are 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
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
Harwood Museum of Art, NM, 2020
Bellvue 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
Please follow the link below to view the page for the 2020 exhibition Contemporary Art / Taos, organized by 203 Fine Art.
I’m interested in making pieces that are resonate and reflective. To resonate, meaning to evoke or suggesting 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 creating 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.