Josefa Vaughan

Josefa Vaughan, Founding Artist-Educator, Executive Director, Lead Artist

Josefa credits her mentor, Pilar Rubin, and their private art lessons for surviving a tumultuous childhood and then teenage homelessness. ArtSeed was founded in 2000, more a decade after she raised a son and then married Bay Area composer Charles Boone. Her formative free classical art training since the age of eleven in Houston resulted in two decades of exhibitions before 1989 when her art shifted into more collaborative projects connecting gifted and vulnerable communities. She has lectured widely, is a Djerassi Resident Artist Program alum, has won awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission, and has been a juror for the California Arts Council.