Charles Boone, Teaching Artist

Bio: Charles Boone is a composer living in San Francisco. His music has been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other organizations. He has served as music critic for the San Francisco Examiner and Oakland Tribune and has published articles in Arts and Architecture, Threepenny Review, Sculpture Magazine, and other journals. He has lectured at the Sibelius Academy/Helsinki, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University of Chicago, Yale University, and other places. For many years, he was an Associate Professor at the San Francisco Art Institute.

ArtSeed Statement: “I have known ArtSeed from its very beginning; from before its beginning, actually, which is to say for twenty-plus years. It started as a tiny project with big ideas. It is no longer tiny, now perhaps better described, simply, as small, but the ideas behind it remain big and vital. A work of determination and love, it brings to young folks possibilities of ambition and wanting to make the world a better place, even if just one step at a time. Time has passed quickly and will continue to do so. It won’t be long before ArtSeed’s fortieth year. That will be something grand to celebrate!”

His ArtSeed Summer Intensive presentation will shed light on Italian Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca’s c. 1440 painting The Baptism of Christ. This stunning, complex work details Piero’s use of space, his geometric organizational principles, and his commentary on political considerations during his time. It also features his startling juxtaposition of the time and place of Christ’s baptism — the Holy Land more than a millennium earlier — with the artist’s 15th century Italian homeland. 

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