Benjamin Pierce

Ben Pierce lives and works in rural Southeast Missouri, where he was born and raised. The son of a brick layer, Pierce learned traditional values, honesty, and how to work with his hands. Pierce served four years in the US Navy, a place that reinforced the idea of sacrifice and dedication. Graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Pierce found a direction to focus his skills as a sculptor, creator, and artist.

"My work has always been inspired by architecture, and recently I have found a profound importance in the natural world. Namely, plants and the way they grow and react to sunlight. There is so much inspiration and beauty in nature, Using this inspiration has added a fluidity to my artwork and a softness that I am really excited about exploring. The theme of a circle is a recurring subject in my work. As a symbol it can mean infinity- no beginning or end, as a wedding ring- a symbol of eternal love. Circles can also enclose and frame space- this fascinates me."

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Sculptures

Beginnings - 2020

This sculpture abstractly captures the moment a seed bursts open with the new life that lies within-- marking the beginning of something new and full of potential.

beginnings - 2019

This sculpture abstractly captures the moment a seed bursts open with the new life that lies within-- marking the beginning of something new and full of potential.

Here Comes The Sunset - 2018

This sculpture is inspired by nature and the growth of a young seedling. At this early stage of development, the small plant reaches towards the sun as it uncoils (it almost appears to dance if you ever watch this in time lapse). These early moments are so beautiful, but often overlooked or missed.

Focus - 2017

wounded - 2016

"The use of diagonal lines create an unbalance/tension and the oculus is a focal point which engages peoples focus. Hopefully you will see something otherwise missed through my sculpture."

Propensity - 2015

Closer Separation - 2014

Growing Up - 2013

Lineage - 2012


Titanium Sponsors

Adams County Community Foundation
Arts United / Indiana Arts Commission
Porter Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

City of Decatur
Decatur Arts Commission
Fifth Third Bank
Indiana Arts Commission
REV RV Group

Gold Sponsors

3Rivers Federal Credit Union
Adams Public Library System (In Kind
Berne Ready Mix
Complete Printing Service
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
First Bank of Berne
John Brune Digital Video
Moose Lodge #1311