Mr. Roane grew up in the Greater Boston area within a family that included two brothers, one of whom is his identical twin. Currently, Mr. Roane teaches art at Noble & Greenough School, a small private school located just south of Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Roane graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in English, and he did his graduate studio work at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at The University of Chicago, where he pursued his MFA in Painting and Drawing.
Mr. Roane’s career as an artist who writes, paints and teaches, stretches across two decades. His art is displayed in private residences, corporate offices such as those of the Liquitex Corporation, and at various institutions including his alma mater, Princeton University. Images of his work have been featured in such national publications as Art in America and Studio Visit Magazine.
Closely related to Mr. Roane’s visual work is his written work, which has earned publication in various news outlets such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Boston’s Bay State Banner, as well as in scholarly journals such as The Journal of African-American Studies. Topics range from issues concerning race and education to those associated with the arts.
Before returning to Massachusetts to teach, Mr. Roane lived in the Washington DC area, where he served on the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. Currently, his board membership includes participation on the Educator’s Advisory Board of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the board of the Henry Buckner Elementary School, located in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Roane values board service for the opportunity to effect art as a resource that empowers both the community and the individual.
While living in Virginia, Mr. Roane taught at a public charter school in Washington, DC and as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia. Throughout his tenure at Noble & Greenough School, the quality of Mr. Roane’s teaching has been consistently recognized, as when he was selected by the Class of 2008 to give the Commencement Day address, and by the Class of 1999 for its yearbook dedication. As a craft that allows him to remain accountable to the larger world, teaching is how Mr. Roane’s own art performs its social function.
Mr. Roane’s teaching experience now extends across the continuum lying between public and private systems, urban and suburban demographics, secondary and higher ed. This range of teaching experiences consummates the pursuit of Mr. Roane’s ultimate goal—to promote art as a self-empowering tool for the creation and communication of meaning.