Shane Pierce

Raleigh County




My work, whether photographic or video-based, tends to gravitate toward issues of individuality. As a Sociology undergrad at Concord University and Sociology Master’s candidate (still pursuing) at Marshall University my study emphasis has focused on inequality, affording my opportunities to think a lot about divisions, barriers, prejudices, and other restrictions on one’s self-expression and fulfillment. As a photographer I gravitate toward street candids, posed portraits, surrealism, abstractions, and other pictorialist/expressionist techniques. As a filmmaker I use my documentary work to try to explore stories and experiences of locals close to my home community. My narrative work tends to include much more active humor to tell stories about connection and individuality.


Primarily I am a photographer and filmmaker, taking up both during my undergraduate studies at Concord University. My photographic work includes film and digital mediums, and as a filmmaker I have produced short narratives, experimental films, a feature narrative, and numerous short documentary subjects. I am a Beckley native and nearly lifelong resident who is passionate about southern West Virginia and Appalachia, and I work hard to contribute to the life and culture of my home. I am the manager of operations at The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre, providing an affordable, inclusive space for music/stage productions, film screenings, and other event needs. I am also a co-creator of BEX Arts Inc., an arts festival whose inaugural event in 2019 included over 40 individual events and over 200 collaborative partners. My desire to work actively with other creatives in my community has recently resulted in my being invited to serve on numerous arts related board including the Beckley Art Center and Beckley Concert Association.

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Other Creative Skills

Photography, Video

Shane Pierce's Work

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