Amy Olivia Pierce is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher, multimedia content creator, and an educator. These lateral interests strengthen and inform each other. She integrates photography, videography, performance, installation, textile, sound, writing, and audience engagement into her creative practice, with research efforts spanning Art, Sociology, Psychology, Gender Studies, Marketing and Theater. She explores the elasticity of what is perceived as “normal” behavior within the temporary boundaries created by ritual activities. Pierce has worked as a commercial and editorial photographer, producing national and international projects with clients that include AT&T and The Village Voice, as well as specializing in shooting private and public events including the annual Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony. Her photography has been exhibited in dedicated art spaces, such as the Brooklyn Museum, as well as private venues and residences. Pierce is an adjunct assistant professor of Intermedia (graduate) and New Media (undergraduate) at the University of Maine, where she incorporates a teaching and research style, in technology enhanced, student-centered learning environments. She approaches project-based learning by incorporating multiple modalities including lecture, discussion, collaboration, critique, demonstration, active in-class learning and activities outside of the classroom. Pierce received a BFA from the University of Connecticut and an MFA from the University of Maine, where she is currently a candidate for an Interdisciplinary PhD.