Lauren Bartone-Classroom-2013

Lauren Bartone

Classroom 2013

20"x 27" (50.8 x 68.58cm) acrylic paint on collaged paper //part of Brucennial art show

I am in the habit of looking everywhere for patterns; patterns emerging, forming and unraveling. Such patterns could be small details in the physical reality of my day, or the larger social structures that frame my actions. Either way, I have often felt that my job as an artist is to seek out and pay attention to these examples of daily life moving between chaos and order. In this way I am also motivated to use art as a way to better understand the social, cultural, economic and political forces that organize the places and actions that structure my day as a teacher, parent, spouse or neighbor. What are the underlying social patterns or structures that push me to act in specific ways or in specific places? And in what ways can the process of making art create an intentional interruption in these patterns?
- Lauren

Lauren Bartone is an artist and educator based in San Rafael, California. Her work is grounded in an interdisciplinary balance of painting, collective dialogue, and community work. Undergraduate studies at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute of Art, in Florence, Italy and at UCLA (BA in Visual Art 2001), as well as a graduate work in both education (MA in Education, UC Berkeley, 2005) and in the visual arts (MFA in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Art, 2012) have allowed her to pursue her passions for both the visual arts and for education. Lauren has worked in various community programs, participated in residencies at the Kala Art Institute, Art Works Downtown in San Rafael and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, (Feb 2015), and received several grants including a Marin Arts Council Career Grant, the VCFA Levin/Lutz Award, and the Pirkle Jones Foundation Artist Support Grant. Since 2011 she has also enjoyed working collaboratively with the Fortnight Collective. Most recently her work has considered social patterns and divisions as they pertain to domestic life, motherhood and daily life in her community. She has shown work in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Vermont and New York.
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT - Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, 2012           
University of California, Berkeley, CA - Master of Arts in Education and Teaching Credentials, 2005
University of California, Los Angeles, CA - BA in Visual Arts, Painting/Photography, 2002
Lorenzo de Medici Accademia, Florence, Italy - Emphasis in Painting, Fall 1997 - Fall 1999
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Imagine San Rafael, with Fortnight Collective, Youth in Arts Gallery, San Rafael, CA (Dec)
2014 The Brucennial 2014, New York, NY
2014 Home Sweet Home, with Fortnight Collective, Artworks Downtown Underground Gallery, San Rafael, CA
2012 X Libris, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2012 The Brucennial 2012, New York, NY
2012 VCFA Graduate Exhibition, Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT
2010 Juried Annual, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
2008 Suite Jesus, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Visual Impact: Marin Arts Council Grantees, Novato, CA
2008 Marin Art Salon, San Rafael, CA
2007 Berkeley Civic Center Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
2007 Works on Paper Exhibition, Long Beach Arts, CA
2006 Chrissy Bee, San Francisco, CA
2005 Images of the Virgin, Galeria Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, CA
2001 Undergraduate Senior Show, UCLA, CA
Community Events
2013 Forts and Flags, with Fortnight Collective, West End Village Celebration, San Rafael, CA
2013 Mothering Tree, Fortnight Collective in collaboration with the Downtown Business
Improvement District, San Rafael, CA
2010 The TakeOut Project at Farmer’s Market, San Rafael, CA
2004 Empowering Women of Color Conference, UC Berkeley CA
2015                        deYoung Museum Artist-in-Residence, San Francisco, CA (February)
2014                        Max Thelen Studio Residency, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA
2013                        Art Break Day, with Fortnight Collective, San Rafael CA
2007                        Artist Residency at Kala, Berkeley, CA
Selected Awards
2011                        Pirkle Jones Visual Artist Support Grant
2011                        Levin/Lutz Award, Vermont College of Fine Arts
2007                        Marin Arts Council Career Grant
2004                        Marin Retired Teachers’ Association Grant
2003                        Marin Educational Fund Scholarship
2004                        Student Parent Grant, UC Berkeley
2005                        Participant in the UC Teachers Scholar Grant Program
Silverman, Fred, “The Art of Lauren Bartone: Expressing the Personal and the Social”, Imagine, Marin Philanthropist Magazine, Fall, 2012
Miller, Michael H., “At Brucennial, Harder to Get Into Than the Whitney Biennial, Unknowns Share Wall Space With Hirst and Schnabel”, The New York Observer,, March 1st, 2012
Liberatore, Paul, “Boost to Accessible Art”, Marin Independent Journal August 11th, 2011
DeWitt, Change, “How Things Are: Pro Arts Juried Annual 2011 Surveys the Field” Eastbay Express December 8th, 2010
Bernstein-Wax, Jessica, “Teacher Turns Discarded Food Containers into Art”, Marin Independent Journal July 26, 2010