Pierson Brown is an arts professional and recent graduate of NYU's MA Museum Studies program. Her thesis, entitled Bringing the Outside In: How New York's Art Museums Created Self-Taught Art, unpacks terminology surrounding Outsider Art, as well as the historic exhibition and exploitation of marginalized artists. 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 is 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 has just finished serving as the Museum Services intern at Christie's New York. This full time role allowed her to serve over 300 museum clients as a member of the Museum Services team, made up of 3 staff members. In this position, she 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. Additionally, she was given the opportunity to collaborate with the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) Team to create support and affinity groups and resource guides for the Christie's New York office.
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.