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
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
2019, Alvine Road, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
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"
2020, Vogue Italia Photo Vogue Portfolio Review, Milan IT
2022, Wesleyan University, Guest Lecturer
2020, Rowan University, Guest Lecturer