Visual Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Curator, Cultural Producer, Creative Entrepreneur

Pete Driessen is a Minneapolis based multipractice visual artist, painter, curator and cultural producer who creates abstract and sociopolitical paintings, mixed media ship fleets, found object installations, conceptual art statements, interdisciplinary public art, and performative participatory projects. Driessen received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT, and BA from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Pete was recently named Minneapolis City Pages 2015 Artist of the Year, and has been awarded numerous regional grants and awards, including a 2015 Jerome/FSP Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park for his Franconia Boat Tower project, a 2014 MRAC Next Step grant for his Silverwood Park sculpture project, a 2013 MSAB Artist Initiative grant, a past MSAB Artist Assistance Fellowship, two MRAC Community Arts Grants, and a MRAC Small Arts Grant. Pete’s exhibition record includes national and regional solo and group exhibitions including the recent 2015 Floor Plan at Gallery 71, Edina, MN; 2014 MN Biennial at MMAA/Project Space, St. Paul, and 60th Arrowhead Biennial at Duluth Art Institute. He currently directs and curates a hybridic and experimental garage-based gallery known as TuckUnder Projects that specializes in emerging and midcareer artists focusing on conceptual visual arts practice, curatorial projects, and institutional critique. His innovative TuckUnder Projects platform-based exhibition site has collaboratively produced over 75 critical projects with nearly 100 diverse artists in just five years.