Josefa Vaughan, ArtSeed Executive Director

Bio: Josefa Vaughan, Founding Artist, Educator, and Executive Director, ArtSeed. Vaughan’s formative and 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. These projects steadily evolved into the nonprofit, ArtSeed, in 2000. During her tumultuous childhood Vaughan relied on serious art-making, a practice her mentor reinforced as a tool to help navigate her teenage wanderings. Hence, Vaughan is pleased to have found a way to give back to other children and youths the tools and perspectives she is very grateful to have been given. Absorbing her teacher’s passion, combined with her love of knowledge and know-how, opened doors for Vaughan to become an exhibiting artist who has showcased her art and the art of her students and associates since 1982. Vaughan is a Djerassi Resident Artists Program alum who has won awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission and has twice been a juror for the California Arts Council. “ArtSeed,” Woman Eco Artists Dialog, online magazine, issue #9:

ArtSeed Misson Statement: “To connect the most resourceful and gifted with the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of the Bay Area and beyond through projects that explore links between classical and cutting-edge fine arts disciplines. ArtSeed literally means the world to me. I will always be indebted to all the ArtSeed children and artists who continue to touch my life. They teach me to be at peace with (and thereby find miracles within) my own limitations, to try new things despite my fears.”

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