Westchester County Executive George Latimer is set to unveil a captivating mixed-media artwork by professional athlete and entrepreneur Maxwell Pearce.
The masterpiece, recently acquired by Backyard Sports, will find its permanent home at the Westchester County Center’s prestigious Westchester Sports Hall of Fame in White Plains, NY.
Hailing from Tuckahoe, Pearce, a Harlem Globetrotter since 2018, is not only a seasoned athlete but also a dedicated mixed-media artist.
His off-seasons are marked by the creation of historical and contemporary sculptures, showcasing a unique blend of activism and sports. Particularly committed to fostering local youths’ early exposure to basketball, Pearce aims to strengthen and diversify the pipeline of players in his hometown.
County Executive George Latimer expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Helping young people is not only a compassionate and ethical endeavor, but it’s also a strategic investment in building stronger, healthier communities for the future. Kids in Tuckahoe benefit greatly from Max Pearce and his work with them. We are pleased to have a piece of his artwork on display at the County Center as a source of inspiration for Westchester’s youngsters.”
Kathleen O’Connor, Westchester County Parks Commissioner, highlighted the synergy between sports and art in Pearce’s work.
She stated, “While the context and outcomes may differ, Max Peace proves that the underlying principles of skill development, dedication, and self-expression create a bridge between the worlds of sports and artistry.”
Beyond his Globetrotter achievements, Pearce’s connection to basketball is cemented by being a semifinalist in the 2018 ESPN College Slam Dunk Championship.
During his time at Purchase College, he made history as the first Division III player featured in both NBA 2k and NBA Live video games. In 2020, he garnered an Honorable Mention nomination for the ESPYS Awards’ “Can’t Stop Watching Moment of the Year.”
Pearce’s social engagement extends beyond the court and studio. He actively serves as a PR liaison for local voter registration groups targeting Westchester County teenagers.
Notable commissions include site-specific works for the Reebok Human Rights Awards (2021), CultureCon NYC (2022), and the New Orleans BUKU Art and Music Festival (2022).
The Westchester Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, continues to be a beacon for celebrating the intersection of athleticism and artistry.
Pearce’s unveiling ceremony on Monday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m., promises to be a momentous occasion, uniting the community in celebration of a talented athlete and artist’s impactful contribution.