Artist Story

I grew up in both southern California and southern Maine, and I'm now based in Minneapolis, MN. I was blessed with creative roots, raised by a mother who wore paint clothes more often than not and a father who always had a story in his pocket. 

In Minneapolis, I am part of Studio Thalo, an artist collective, with Olivia Levins Holden and Donald Thomas. We share studio space, resources, and ideas, and we're committed to using our art in the service of social justice movements. 

I have been teaching in the arts (dance, visual & theater) since 2007, working in summer camps, nonprofits, prisons, and public schools both in the US and abroad. I believe that the arts can be a vehicle for self and social reflection, critique, and change. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I see my own art-making as a way to ground myself and process the world around me, as well as to deepen my relationships with others - both with those who inspire my work and those who ask me to create pieces for them. I hope for viewers to infuse the pieces I share with their own stories.

I have shows of my art from time to time and also work on individual commission for painting, collage and graphic design. I work on a sliding scale, and prioritize doing pro-bono work for groups working towards social justice. 

Please contact me at nellpierceart@gmail.com if you are interested in commissioning a piece or collaborating in some way.

With love and gratitude,

Nell