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Sheldon Art Association and Nebraska Arts Council


Leighton Pierce uses film, video and sound to create transformative experiences for viewers in time-based media. He creates multi-channel, sitespecific installations as well as single channel works. His award-winning short films and videos have been exhibited at museums and film festivals throughout the world, including the Whitney Biennial and film festivals in San Francisco, New York and Rotterdam.

He has had retrospectives at The Lincoln Center, The Cinematheque Francaise, Festival Nemo and Pompidou Center in Paris, and at The Lisboa Bienal of Contemporary Art. Pierce has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Camargo Foundation. He teaches and directs the Film and Video Production Program in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

Sharon Kennedy, interim curator at the Sheldon Museum of Art, interviewed Leighton Pierce about his work and his Sheldon installation, Agency of Time.