Peter Zelle

Peter Zelle is a Minneapolis sculptor who works with clay, plaster, metal and glass. He studied with Dale Chihuly at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Island, ME, in 1984 and received his BFA in Sculpture/Glass from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, in 1987.


Zelle is a full-time artist doing commission works, exhibitions, and small production cast glass works. He cites as influences abstract expressionists like Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, George Morrison and Peter Krasnow, a relative whose 20th century sculptures and paintings were present in Zelle’s boyhood home.

"My art is an exercise of my intuition and my passion for color and form. I think of my works as musical compositions. I bring together shapes, patterns, textures, and colors to orchestrate a dynamic and harmonious whole. One of my goals is for viewers simply to be immersed in the color and form and to experience the emotional nuances of each piece. I also aim for my sculptures and reliefs to be associative: I want viewers to bring their own experiences to the works and to find personal resonance within them."

Zelle’s work is exhibited nationally, including:

SOFA Chicago with Maria Elena Krevetz Gallery, Chicago, IL (2016, 2015, 2014)

Spectrum Miami

Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance (2015)

Art San Diego, SCAA (2015)

Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco

SCAA (2015)

Zoya Tommy Gallery, Houston, TX (2015, 2014)

Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2014)


His work is held throughout the United States in many private and corporate collections, including...

Bremer Foundation, St. Paul, MN (2016)

University of Minnesota Heath Center, Minneapolis, MN (2015)

Gundersen Lutheran Health Center, La Crosse, WI (2013)

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