Currently serving as Chair of Ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art, David S. East has taught and been a visiting artist at numerous locations including University of Missouri-Columbia as an Assistant Professor (2001-2007), Alfred University, Kansas City Art Institute, Massachusetts College of Art, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Washington University, Ohio University and Tainan National College of Art, Tainan, Taiwan.

David's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in juried and curated exhibitions, including the GICBiennale 2011, Icheon, Korea and in recently in a solo exhibition at the Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, NY, NY. He has received numerous awards including an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and those from the Lighton Foundation, the McKnight Foundation. He was in residence at the European Ceramic Work Centre in 2007 and was the Visiting Artist in Residence at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in the fall of 2010. David received his B.F.A in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls (1997) and his M.F.A from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2000).