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Michael J. Pearce, Ph.D., MFA
Associate Professor

Phone: (805) 444-7716


Associate Professor Michael joined the Art Department at CLU full-time in 2005 having previously served as an adjunct professor in 2001. He's an accomplished oil painter, installation designer, and an award-winning theatrical scenic designer. He says teaching painting and drawing to CLU students is the most rewarding job of his life.

He is Chair of The Representational Art Conferences, a series of events designed to provide an academic platform for the discussion of 21st Century representational art.

Michael is the curator of the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, which under his direction has hosted exhibits like Running with Scissors, The Man Show, The New Romantic Figure, and has shown works by a huge variety of artists including Jeremy Lipking, Mia Tavonatti, Cyn McCurry, Pamela Wilson, and a broad range of genres, including the AIDS Quilt, photos from communist countries, installation art, and art by CLU's Art faculty.

Michael's paintings are in the collections of: Oil heir Andrew Getty, Rap Mogul Percy Miller (Master P), movie director Jennifer Lynch, rapper Corey Miller (C-Murder), In Living Color creator Kim Bass, Superstar Snoop Dogg, The Carsey Werner Company, San Fernando Valley Historical Society, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, actor Shane Brolly, E.P. Graphics, director Alon Aranya, Skinny Puppy singer Kevin “Ohgr” Ogilvie, CLU Professor Sue Bauer.


  • "Magic Circles and Artificial Caves: The Stone Circles and Chambered Mounds of Neolithic Britain"

    This is a short introduction to the art and architecture of the Ancient British megalith-builders. We'll be looking at images of megalithic structures like Stonehenge and the beautiful and remote Rong of Brodgar dating from two and a half thousand years before the birth of Christ. There are two broad categories of structure to appreciate: chambered mounds (which resemble artificial caves) and open-air enclosures like stone circles and henge monuments. A short talk will be accompanied by plenty of photographs of these mystical places from my collection, and some sneak peeks into current rock and art research.

  • "Art on Earth: The Installation Art of Andy Goldsworthy"

    An introduction to the beautiful work of Andy Goldsworthy, British land artist. Goldsworthy is one of the best known contemporary British artists because his light touch transforms simple natural forms like leaves and twigs into elegant and fragile sculptures. His books, "Stone," "Wood," and many other titles have caught the imaginations of millions, while his film, "Rivers and Tides," has been a big seller.

  • "What are you looking at? The Invention of the Museum and Why We Like to Look at Things"

    An illustrated lecture about how museums came to be, a peculiar journey featuring the bizarre wonders of cabinets of curiosity, strange esoteric philanthropists, and American revolutionary heroes.

  • "Ophelia's Bouquets: Herbs in Hamlet"