Jeff Pierson named as new director of arts for Division of Culture and History
Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History today announced he has named Jeff Pierson of Charleston as director of the agency’s Arts Section, effective immediately. Pierson currently serves the Division as Individual Arts Coordinator of the Arts Section. He will be responsible for administering the Division’s arts programs which include arts administration services and the development and implementation of State and Federal grants for West Virginia’s arts organizations, individual artists and schools and communities. Pierson will continue to edit and design ArtWorks, the art section’s news publication.
Before coming to the Division, the new director worked as the Exhibition and Education Coordinator at the Museum in the Community from 2001-2004. Pierson is also a free-lance illustrator.
“In my time here at the Division of Culture and History I have had the distinct privilege of working with many wonderfully talented artists in this state. In my new position, I am looking forward to extending the reputation of West Virginia as a state that is known far and wide for its rich and varied arts community.”
Pierson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Contact: Jacqueline Proctor, Deputy Commissioner, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 120.
West Virginia Division of Culture & History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305