Shaun Pierson (b. 1997) is an American fine artist based in New Haven, Connecticut. He attended Rowan University where he received his BA in Radio/Television/Film in 2019 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Yale School of Art. Shaun's practice is primarily concerned with the construction of alternate realities as a stage to perform versions of ourselves that are often buried beneath the surface in everyday life. By working in and around the homes of strangers, Shaun situates himself as both a voyeur and participant, staging photographic scenes that consistently ride the line between fact and fiction. His work has been shown at the Green Gallery at Yale School of Art, the Midwest Center for Photography, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the Foley Gallery in New York City, and has also been featured in publications such as Vogue Italia, i-D Italy, and The New York Times Magazine. 


2023, MFA (Candidate), Yale University, New Haven CT

2019, BA, Rowan University, Glassboro NJ


2021, Richard Benson Endowed Scholarship, Yale University School of Art

2021, Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer Awards, Winner

Group Exhibitions

2021, Action Required, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT

2020, Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

2020, Southeast Center for Photography Juried Exhibition, Family, Greenville, SC

2020, Midwest Center for Photography Juried Exhibition, Wichita, KS

2019, Rowan Art Collective Juried Exhibition, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

2019, President's Showcase, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2018, Emerging Artists, Pitman Art Gallery, Pitman, NJ

Solo Exhibitions

2019, Alvine Road, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Editorial Publications

2022, The New York Times Magazine, Their Solution to the Housing Crisis? Living with Strangers

Selected Press and Print Publications

2021, Musee Magazine, Issue 25

2020, YWYW Magazine, Interview

2020, i-D Italy, "The photographer who immortalized the traumas of his childhood as an adult"

2020, Vogue Italia, Photograph

2020, Paper Journal Magazine, Feature

2019, Ain't Bad, Feature

2019, FotoRoom, "Shaun Pierson Comes to Terms with His Family Members by Photographing Them"

2019, C41 Magazine, "Shaun Pierson's fragments of memory between beauty and intimacy"

2019, Booooooom, "Photographer Spotlight: Shaun Pierson"

2019, Photo Emphasis, "Project Spotlight: Alvine Road"

2019, The Bosco Magazine, Feature

2019, Don't Take Pictures, "Photo of the Day"

Portfolio Reviews

2020, Vogue Italia Photo Vogue Portfolio Review, Milan IT

Visiting Artist

2022, Wesleyan University, Guest Lecturer

2020, Rowan University, Guest Lecturer

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