Michael J. Pearce, Ph.D., MFA
Associate Professor Michael joined the Art Department at CLU full-time in 2005 having previously served as an adjunct professor in 2001. He's an accomplished oil painter, installation designer, and an award-winning theatrical scenic designer. He says teaching painting and drawing to CLU students is the most rewarding job of his life.
Michael is the curator of the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, which under his direction has hosted exhibits like "The Man Show", "The New Romantic Figure", Bela Bacsi, Mia Tavonatti, Cyn McCurry, Christophe Cassidy, the Distillery Collective, Morgan Alexander (Photographs), the AIDS Quilt, Photos from communist countries, CLU's Art faculty, and many other artists.
For more information on the Kwan Fong Gallery check out the Art Department's blog here.
Michael's paintings are in the collections of: Oil heir Andrew Getty, Rap Mogul Percy Miller (Master P), Movie Director Jennifer Lynch, Sound Designer Steve Tibbo, Rapper Corey Miller (C-Murder), In Living Color creator Kim Bass, Superstar Snoop Dogg, The Carsey Werner Company, San Fernando Valley Historical Society, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Actor Shane Brolly, E.P. Graphics, Director Alon Aranya, Skinny Puppy singer Kevin “Ohgr” Ogilvie, CLU Professor Sue Bauer.
Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Dartington College of Arts and an M.F.A. in scenic design from University of Southern California. In October of 2007 his PhD dissertation "Vesica: Using Neolithic British Ritual Art and Architecture as a Model for Making Contemporary Art." was accepted by examiners at Plymouth University, England who awarded the doctorate in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquarians of Scotland.
Pearce's particular research interests include: Emergence Aesthetics, Alchemy, Prehistoric British Art and Architecture, Ritual symbolism, Renaissance symbolism and mysticism, British Antiquarianism.
Michael writes for Combustus Magazine.