David Boelter was born in 1972 in Spencer, Iowa and currently lives in Alta, Iowa. He did his undergraduate work at both the University of South Dakota and Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. He was introduced to sculpture at Buena Vista under the instruction of Mac Hornecker. After he graduated from Buena Vista, he went on to do his graduate work at the University of Iowa, where he received his Master of Arts degree in 1999 and Master of Fine Arts degree in 2000. While at the University of Iowa, he was awarded the National Outstanding Student Achievement Award by the International Sculpture Center.
In 2001, he joined Buena Vista University as an Associate Professor of Art and he received tenure in 2007. At BVU, he teaches sculpture, ceramics, drawing, and art history courses. In 2012, he was awarded the New Century Faculty Development Award for Research or Creative Work, and in 2014 he received a McCorkle Fellowship to research Rapa Nui.
Boelter’s fascination for materials has seen him move between wood, stainless steel, corten steel, fiberglass, various resins, clay, aluminum and bronze. His artwork has been exhibited all over the country in solo exhibitions, invitationals, juried exhibitions, and commission projects.