Cora Boone Biography

Cora Boone

American

1871-1953

Biography

Cora M. Boone, teacher, watercolorist, enamelist, and printmaker, was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 18,1871. The Boone family tree proves her to be a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Her family moved to California in 1876 settling in San Francisco. In the 1890s Boone studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco, then continued with studies in Paris, and, in 1912, she attended the Central Arts and Crafts School in London.

The following year Boone returned to California and was hired as an Art Supervisor in the Oakland public schools system, a position she held until 1935. She also taught art in public schools in Danville and Benicia, California.

Boone's decorative bronzes and copper enamels were included in the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco where she won the bronze medal for copper enamel.

About 1920, Blanche Lazzell taught Boone the techniques of the white-line woodcut also known as the Provincetown technique or the one-block woodcut. Boone's imagery included florals and figures and were highly decorative. Boone taught white-line color woodcut technique to other art teachers including William S. Rice who excelled in the technique.

A member of the San Francisco Society of Women Artists and Boone exhibited at the California Liberty Fair in 1918, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1922, the San Francisco Art Association, the Oakland Art Gallery in 1928, the California State Fair in 1930, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Inaugural exhibition in 1935 and the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 and 1940.

Her work is included in the collections of the Oakland Museum and the Worcester Art Museum.

Cora Boone died in Oakland, California on December 7, 1953.