Chuck-CloseChuck Close is a visual artist noted for his highly inventive painting techniques used to paint the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. He is also an accomplished printmaker and photographer whose work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries, including major retrospective exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2000, Mr. Close was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Mr. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has served on the boards of many arts organizations, including the highly respected Studio in A School arts education non-profit in New York City. _

Appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Mr. Close became a Turnaround Artist during the pilot phase of Turnaround Arts and has been actively engaged with a number of schools since then, particularly Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, CT, and Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Boston, MA. In addition to numerous school visits and events, Mr. Close has brought students for private tours of his shows and arranged exhibits featuring both his work and that of some of his students. He works tirelessly to encourage students to work hard, believe in themselves and their dreams, and overcome obstacles.

“Art saved my life.”