I was born in 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My father was a painter and commercial artist, my mother, a clothing designer and maker. I spent my first year as a painter at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the "University of the Arts"), then moved into the sculpture department and worked primarily in metal and clay. I graduated with a B.F.A. in sculpture in 1987.

I spent the next four years working with various artists and crafts people learning new techniques in different mediums, concentrating on finding my place in the art world. In 1989 I moved to Massachusetts and decided to focus on one medium. I chose wood. So, I found a job with a local furniture company. In 1991, my wife Abby Salsbury (a ceramic artist) and I founded "The Artistry, Housatonic Craft Artist's Guild". That year I built my first piece of furniture. Since then I have been involved in many solo and group shows and have kept very busy with furniture commissions.

My shop is in the middle of some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever lived in, Taos, New Mexico. Every day I look around and am awed by this place I am lucky enough to call home.

My shop is a collection of tools that I have found during my life as an artist and craftsman. My jointer was salvaged from an old paper mill in Massachusetts. I rebuilt her cast iron battleship-like body and bed. I acquired my table saw from a woodworking friend who worked next to me in an old cotton mill on the Housatonic river. Many of my other tools have interesting histories to them as well. My shop is equipped to build anything I want to with precision and pleasure.



Dean Pulver
furniture sculpture


Gallery Representation
Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Tercera Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, San Francisco, CA
Function+Art, Chicago, IL
Logan Fine Art, Dallas TX
FAFA's Gallery, Taos, NM
Wit Gallery, Lenox MA
Guild.com, Madison WI


Selected Exhibitions
2011 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Phila, Pa
2011 Taos Selects / Fall Arts Festival, Taos, NM
2010 "Transformations", Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh PA
2009 SOFA West, Santa Fe, NM
2009 "Seeds", Stables Gallery, Taos, NM
2008 Bellevue Art Museum Featured Object, Bellevue WA
2008 Two Person show, Fafa's Gallery, Taos NM
2008 Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair, Bellevue WA
2007 Taos invites, Fall Arts Festival, Taos NM
2007 CFC Residents Celebration, Center for Furn. Craftsmanship, MA
2006 Solo Show at Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Taos Invites, Fall Arts Festival, Taos NM
2005 Fuller Craft Museum, "Cut It Out", Brockton, MA
2003 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
2001 "Chair Show 4", Guild.com, Madison, WI
2000 "Furniture As Art",Guild.com, Madison, WI
1999 "Chair Show 3", Southern Highland Craft Guild, NC, traveling exhibition and catalogue.
1998 "Anything But Southwestern", FACET Art Gallery, Taos, NM
1998 Group Exhibition, Spencertown Academy Gallery, Spencertown, NY
1995 "Wood", Berkshire Artisans Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
1995 "Voice To Voice", RICA Gallery, Housatonic, MA
1994 "Inside and Out", Tokonoma Gallery, Housatonic, MA
1994 "Berkshire Artists Invitational", RICA Gallery, Housatonic, MA
1993 "Sculpture On The Creek", Martin's Creek Sculpture Park, PA
1992 "Sculpture By Seven", Butler Sculpture Park, Sheffield, MA
1992 "Recent Works: Dean Pulver", The Artistry, Housatonic, MA


Publications
Chairs, Lark Books, 2010
"A Portrait of Many Artists",Seatle Homes and Lifestyles, April 2008
500 Chairs, Lark Books, 2008
Woodwork Magazine, April 2007
Penland book of Fine Woodworking, 2006
Furniture Studio 3, The Furniture Society, 2005
"Cut it Out", Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton Ma, 2004
Furniture Studio 2, The Furniture Society, 2001
Chair Show 4, Southern Highland Craft Guild, 2001
Transformations, Society of Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh Pa, 1999
Chair Show 3, Southern Highland Craft Guild, 1999


Teaching Experience
2011 Developing Form and Texture, Penland NC
2010 Wood Sculpting, Arrrowmont, TN
2009 Woodworking Basics, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, ME
2008 Visiting Artists, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
2007 Fellowship Presentation Series, Center for Furn.Craftsmanship ME
2006 Visiting Artists, Kendall College of Art, MI
1999 Summer Assistant, Anderson Ranch Arts Center


Awards
Purchase Award, New Mexico Arts - Art in Public Places, Santa Fe NM, 2011
Carol Duke Award, Bellevue Museum of Art, 2008
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Fellowship, Fall 2007
"Collectors of Wood Art" Visiting Artist's Grant, Kendall College of Art, 2006
"Best of Show in Furniture", 2006 Taos Fall Arts Festival
"Best of Show in Furniture", 2001 Scottsdale Arts Festival
"Anderson Ranch Art Center Scholarship", 1999, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
"The Alfreda and Sam Maloof Scholarship", 1995, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village,CO


Education
2011 Educators Retreat, Penland School of Crafts, NC
1982-1987 Phildelphia College of Art, BFA Sculpture
1995 Form and Content, Thomas Hucker, Anderson Ranch Arts Center



Dean Pulver  |  P.O. Box 1457  |  El Prado, NM 87529  |  575.751.4402  |  dean@deanpulver.com
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