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. 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.
From November 2021 to February 2022, Pierson was Curatorial Fellow at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Under the direction of Kyung An, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, she gained vital skills as she works on her path towards a curatorial career. Pierson's role included conducting archival and contemporary research, navigating The Museum System, Parallels, and Sharepoint, and assisting with catalogue organization tasks. In addition to her work curatorial work, she also participated in weekly Professional Development Seminars with her cohort of 5 fellows. Each week, Efe Igor, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement, facilitated conversations with museum professionals, reflection activities, and opportunities to build up our network. This experience was affirming as it gave Pierson the skills to build up her career and ensured that this field is where she belongs.
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.