Lauren Bartone is grounded in an interdisciplinary balance of painting, community dialogue, and collective work. After initially studying painting in Florence, she completed a BA in fine art at UCLA in 2002. This was followed by an MA in Education at UC Berkeley in 2005 and an MFA at VCFA in 2012. In 2015 she produced her project A City in Maps as artist in residence at the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco, and later created other interactive projects with the de Young, including Paradise and A Map for the Centennial of the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Additional artist residencies include Kala and Art Works Downtown. In 2016 she partnered with the San Francisco Arts Council to make SF New City Atlas for the Art on Market Street poster series, and more recently she produced a series of paintings and small sculptures exploring the value of domestic labor for her solo show 16 Tons, at the College of Marin Gallery. Her work has been generously supported with grants by the Pirkle Jones Foundation, the Marin Arts Council, and the VCFA Levin/Lutz Award. She currently lives with her partner and three children in downtown San Rafael.