Pierson Brown is a MA candidate at New York University, expected to graduate in May 2023. She is pursuing a MA in Museum Studies, beginning on a career path towards curation. As her coursework comes to a close, she is now writing her thesis and actively seeking a long term career. 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 Volunteer Coordinator for the annual New York art event Art in Odd Places. In this role, she works to build relationships with businesses along 14th street, where the festival is held each year. In addition, she is building a team of volunteers prepared to support the 40 participating artists. She also provides training to the volunteer team in bystander intervention and de-escalation tactics. This role allows Pierson to further her leadership skills and engage directly with New York's artist community.
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.