Project Description

Peter Millett

b. 1949, Evanston, IL

A seasoned traveler, Peter Millett draws inspiration from his extensive trips through North America, South America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East; exploring their region specific architecture, native art forms, and handmade textiles. By paring down his observations, Millett creates sculptures that investigate geometry, shape, space, color, and surface. Working with the wood grain as a textural underpinning, the artist layers stain or paint to emphasize the history within each work. The works are not obviously referential of any one place, but instead are several places and moments distilled, allowing the viewer to bring their own memories and references to each piece.

1973-75 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1971 BFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2013 Greg Kucera Gallery,”on Deck” (also 2012, 2010, 2006, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997,1993, 1992 )
2013 Anderson / Obrien Fine art, Omaha, Nebraska
2013 Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (also 2011, 2010)
2012 Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington
2009 Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, Opening Installation, curated by Barbara Matilsky
2008 Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR
2003 Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID (also 1996, 1994)
2002 Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
1999 Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Gateway Tower Gallery, Seattle, WA
1990 Donnally Books, Seattle, WA (also 1984, 1986)
1990 SAFECO Corporation Plaza, Seattle, WA
1989 Wood Sculptures, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1988 Documents Northwest: The PONCHO Series, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; curated by Vicki Halper (catalog)
1983 Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA (also 1981)
1982 Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1978 Illini, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1976 Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, WA (also 1975)

2013 10 x 10 ,Mighty Tieton Gallery, Tieton, Washington
2011 Henery Gallery, University of Washington
2010 Henery Gallery, University of Washington
2007 Elegantly FrugalàDeceptively Simple, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR; curated by Josine Ianco-Starrells
2007 West Edge Sculpture Invitational, Downtown Seattle, WA; curated by Greg Robinson and Michael Darling
2007 Art Outside 2007, Webster Woods Art Park, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Port Angeles, WA
2007 The Collection, Lee Center for the Arts, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
2005 West Edge Sculpture Invitational, Downtown Seattle, WA
2005 The Other Roadside Attraction, LaConner, WA, curated by Marita Holdaway
2000 2000: Going Forward, Looking Back, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, curated by Trevor Fairbrother
2000 Structure, Air Touch Cellular, Bellevue, WA; curated by Margery Aronson
2000 Planes of Colors, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
1998 Betty Bowen Award 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle WA (catalog)
1997 Pure Form: The Intensity of Process, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR: curated by Beth Sellars (catalog)
1997 West Coast Painting and Sculpture 1997 (continuous slide presentation), Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
1996 Marking Time, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
1996 On Paper, In Wood, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA; curated by Barbara James
1995 The Traditional Impulse, Greg Kucera Gallery (catalog)
1995 Pinocchio: Sculpture Made of Carved and Painted Wood,
1995 Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA; curated by Sean Elwood
1994 Introductions, Soma Gallery, San Diego, CA
1994 Drawings, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
1994 Fallen Timber, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; curated by Greg Bell (catalog)
1993 Between Black and White, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
1993 Editioned Objects, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
1992-93 The Betty Bowen Legacy: Fourteen Years of Award Winning Art, Security Pacific Gallery, Seattle (catalog)
1990 Watercolor 3, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
1989 100 Years of Washington Art: New Perspectives, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (catalog)
1988 Contemporary Paintings, Prints and Drawings ’88, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Ishikawa, Japan
1988 Contemporary Survey: A Visible Presence in the Northwest, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA; curated by Beth Sellars
1987 Focus Seattle, San Jose Museum of Art, Son Jose, CA; curated by John Olbrantz
1987 Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
1987 Bumberbiennale: Seattle Sculpture 1927-1987, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA; curated by Matthew Kangas
1987 West Coast Painters Invitational, University Gallery, University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI
1987 Northwest Impressions, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; curated by Chris Bruce (catalog)
1986 Drawing Power, Lynn McAllister Gallery, Seattle, WA (catalog)
1985 Painted Structures, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; curated by Chris Bruce
1981 Portopia ’81, Kobe, Japan; curated by Richard Andrews for Port of Seattle
1981 Assemblages: The Private Icon, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (catalog)
1980 New Ideas #3, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; curated by Charles Cowles (catalog)
1980 Selections from the Museum’s Modern Art Collection, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1980 Cornish Faculty, Institute for Pedagogical Studies, Vladivostok, Siberia
1976 Works on Paper, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; curated by Charles Cowles (catalog)
1976 Exchanges, Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1976 Exchanges, Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, WA
1976 A Christmas Show: Small Paintings, Drawings & Boxes, Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006 King County Regional Justice Center, Kent, WA; Perceptions wall-mounted sculpture
2005 ESPY Foundation Residency Fellowship, Oysterville, WA
2000 Artist Trust Grant, Seattle, WA
1999 Seattle Artists, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA
1991 Exterior plaza sculpture, AT&T Gateway Tower, Seattle, WA
1987 Betty Bowen Award Committee, Special Recognition Award, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1986 Washington State Arts Commission, sculpture for Art in Public Places, Mountain View, WA

1976- 2013 Freelance TV News and Courtroom Artist, clients include:  ABC, The AP , CBS, CNN, Getty Images, KCTS, KING, KIRO, KOMO, NBC, Reuters, Aljazeera

2009-13 Drawing Workshops, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1993-96 Sculpture Instructor, Cornish College of Art, Seattle, WA
1982-86 Drawing Instructor, Cornish College of Art, Seattle, WA
1978-80 Art Instructor, Cornish College of Art, Seattle, WA
1976-77 Art Instructor, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA
1972 Art Instructor, Lake Forest Country Day School, Lake Forest, IL

Boeing Corporation, Chicago, IL
PACCAR Corporation, Seattle, WA
City of Seattle, Seattle, WA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Continental Bank, Chicago, IL
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA


Artsy Editorial: Six Sculptors Who Are Straddling Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism
Following the spread of the Minimalism movement in the 1960’s, its terminology has been applied across numerous practices, leading to an inevitable obscurity that some contemporary artists are willing to scrutinize. Minimally Speaking (on view at Bentley Gallery through March) highlights six such artists whose counteractions and homages challenge mid-century ideals. Their works – while aesthetically spare and modern – allude to traces of personal inspiration, rendering contemporary blends of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. 

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