David Bierk was born in Appleton, Minnesota in 1944. He received both a B.A. and an M.A. from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. He also attended California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland.
David Bierk’s work has been widely shown throughout the United States and Canada at public institutions including The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Binghamton University Art Museum, Binghamton, New York; the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; Dayton Art Institute, Ohio; Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Indiana; Flint Institute of the Arts, Michigan; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York; Las Vegas Art Museum, Nevada; London Regional Art and Historical Museum, London, Ontario; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Memorial Art Museum, Rochester, New York; MoMA extension at Pfizer, New York, New York; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama; New York Academy of Sciences, New York, New York; Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, as well as many corporate and private venues.
The work of David Bierk is included in many public collections, among them Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario; Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; Canadian Postal Museum, Ottawa; The Dayton Art Institute, Ohio; Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Indiana; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville; London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; City of Peterborough, Ontario; as well as many corporate and private collections.
David Bierk was named Artist-in-Residence by the Canada Council, St. Catherines, and the Canada Council, North Bay, Ontario. He also received three grant awards from the Canada Council.
David Bierk died in August 2002 at the age of 58 after fighting a valiant battle with cancer.