Meet Our Speakers

Michael-Birch Pierce is an artist based in Richmond. He earned a B.F.A. in fashion design at Virginia Commonwealth University, and he worked in the fashion industry as a menswear and print designer before returning to graduate school. He is currently working on his M.F.A. thesis in fibers at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been shown at the White House, the Smithsonian, and in numerous galleries, magazines and blogs.

Pierce’s talk will be part performance and part conversation. To him, art is not about making grand statements or perfectly crafting a beautiful object, but rather it’s a tool for connecting individuals. It’s that shared experience – through brief but very intimate interactions with his subjects – that Pierce values above the finished product.

See Michael’s TEDxRVA 2013 talk here!