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Pierce Exhibit Now on Display at STLCC-Forest Park

November 12, 2013

Ryan Pierce painting  
Works by Ryan Pierce will be on display at STLCC-Forest
Park through Dec. 6.

Painter Ryan Pierce’s background as an environmental activist and his interest in ecological theories influences his art subjects, primarily scenarios of re-inhabitation of a wounded planet.

His exhibit, “The Dead Are Dark Matter,” is now on display through Dec. 6 at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

A reception will take place 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Gallery of Contemporary Art, which is located in the library building. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Pierce also is an artist in residence at the Luminary Center for the Arts, 2701 Cherokee Street in St. Louis during November and December.

Pierce said his recent paintings were works finished during his time as artist in residence in four places – Los Angeles, New Orleans, rural Wyoming and St. Louis. He made images and objects depicting the world collapsing, and the effect of post-climate change on human condition. He thought about places of passage in nature, such as a hole in bramble where an animal once was.

Pierce received a master’s degree in fine arts in painting from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in drawing four years earlier.

Two of his solo exhibits included “New World Atlas of Weeds and Rags” at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Ore., in 2012, and “Night Music” at Babel in Trondheim, Norway, in 2011. He was a resident artist in Norway and an award finalist for a professional development grant at the Portland Art Museum, among other fellowships and grants.

His work is in collections at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters in Seattle, Wash., and in the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, N.Y.

Pierce, who lives in Portland, is the co-founder of Signal Fire, an organization providing wilderness residencies and retreats to artists of all disciplines using public land.

For more information about the exhibit, call the Art department at 314-644-9350.