Dan Piersol received his MA and MFA from Bowling Green State University in his native Ohio.
Throughout his three decades as a museum professional — notably as Deputy Director for Programs at the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Doris Zemurray Stone Curator of Prints and Drawings at the New Orleans Museum of Art — Dan continued to work as a visual artist. His exhibition history includes solo shows in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center, Still-Zinsel Gallery, Cole Pratt Gallery, Mario Villa Gallery, and Bienville Gallery; as well as Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the Chautauqua Art Institution, New York. He was the recipient of a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and named a Louisiana Arts Fellow.
Piersol’s work is in the permanent collections of the Arts Council of New Orleans, Birmingham Museum of Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Mint Museum of Art, Mississippi Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Lulu and Paul Hilliard Art Museum at the University of Louisiana/Lafayette, and Fine Arts Museum of Western Carolina University. Among corporate collections are Baker Donelson, PC, and Butler Snow, PC, Jackson; Nesser King & Leblanc, and Jackson Brewery, Inc., New Orleans.
The artist’s vivid, painterly mixed media works on paper are automatic, gestural responses to the abundant flora and fauna, as well as the changing weather, he encounters on his daily walks around Jackson’s historic Fondren neighborhood. The varied media he employs — watercolor, gouache, gold and silver inks, charcoal, and bits of pasted paper — create in each work a rich, textured, animated surface evocative of his visual experiences.