Pierson Brown is a MA candidate at New York University, expected to graduate in May 2023. She is pursuing an MA in Museum Studies, beginning on a career path towards curation. As her coursework comes to a close, she is now editing her thesis, entitled Bringing the Outside In: How New York's Art Museums Created Self-Taught Art. Her main interest is contemporary art, with a particular focus on artists in the US Southeast and self-taught artists. Originally from Rocky Face, Georgia, she is excited to be a part of the New York City community. With extensive volunteer, travel, professional, and educational experiences, she is prepared and eager to enter the museum field.
Pierson's undergraduate degree was received from American University. This Interdisciplinary Degree combined Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). In addition, she received a minor in Art History and an Advanced Leadership Studies Certificate. She was a member of American University Scholars and the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, as well as the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. Through CLEG and the two programs she participated in, she was able to further develop her skills and talents.
Currently, Pierson is serving as the Museum Services intern at Christie's New York. This full time role allows her to serve over 300 museum clients as a member of the Museum Services team, made up of 3 additional staff. In this position, she has gained expertise in data and collections management, administrative support, and client and collections research. Through this unique opportunity to interact with several institutions at once, Pierson has greatly improved her attention to detail, time management, and collaborative skills.
Outside of her career, Pierson enjoys going out into the city to experience new events and learn about new cultures. She spends her free time practicing yoga, baking, and exploring the New York contemporary art scene. With the diversity of the city, there are always new opportunities to learn and meet others. This pairs well with her love of art history, culture, and travel. She is passionate about building community and making new connections. By learning about the world around her, she is always growing and becoming a stronger leader.