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Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Born in Brooklyn, New York, James Smith Pierce received his PhD in art history from Harvard University. During his career as a professor, Pierce also became an accomplished artist, whose artworks were included in important exhibitions (including a show on land art at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC) and books on contemporary earthworks and site-specific sculpture. Pierce was also a photographer, exhibition curator, and art collector.
University of Southern Maine (USM) model or prototype by James Smith Pierce for Earthperson on the Gorham Campus. Pierce was USM 1993 Artist-in-Residence and his students assisted him with the earthworks project. This separate earthwork was "one of if not the only earthwork by Pierce outside his legendary site (Pratt Farm) in Clinton, Maine".
Identifying information provided by Carol Smyers, 2019.