Artist Spotlight: Peter Buotte

Challenge America is proud to announce that we will post a weekly Artist Spotlight to feature the talented artists that submitted works to our National Exhibit of Veteran Art. This exhibit will appear in Gallery8K on the Hyman Pedestrian Mall in Aspen, CO, from August 4th-August 31st. After which, the exhibit will move to the Aspen campus of Colorado Mountain College, from September 25th-November 16th. In addition to these exhibits, Challenge America will also feature the works in the digital gallery on our website. 

This week’s spotlight is Peter Buotte, a veteran artist from Fort Hood, TX. Peter spent 27 years in the military but has 35 years of artistic experience. Currently, he serves as an Art Therapist at Fort Hood. 

Here is Peter describing his incredible sculptures: "The concept for the "Spirit of Survival" nation-wide sculpture project occurred during my second tour in Iraq. It seeks a creative and historic context for the consequences of conflict, and to be emotionally present with military burn survivors, amputees, and those who have PTSD. Finding fellow Veterans to pose and become a sculpture is the ongoing process.” Peter’s sculptures often expose the raw duality that veterans can often experience as they undergo the transition to civilian life.  

Peter’s work will be displayed in the Challenge America National Exhibit of Veteran Art from August 4th-31st and again at the Colorado Mountain College exhibit from September 25th through November 16th. You can also see his work in our online gallery.