Michael A. Pierce — Michael A. Pierce is a painting professor at John Tyler Community College and on the faculty at the Visual Arts Center, both in Richmond, VA. Michael, a Virginia native, graduated from VCU with a BFA in 1972 and his artwork has been exhibited and collected widely throughout the U.S. and abroad for over fifty years. In 2010, he received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Studio Arts from VCU, where he also worked as a Human Resource Director from 1999-2012. He retired from VCU at the end of 2012 after providing 40+ years of state public service in human resources. During that time he has remained an active, successful working artist and also a volunteer for several non-profit arts organizations—serving as a docent at VMFA, a board member for 1708 gallery and an artist member at artspace gallery. He is currently Vice President for Membership Recruitment at artspace gallery and an emeritus member of 1708 gallery, both in Richmond.