Art Visionary Award Honorees
Charles Geschke and John Warnock
Adobe Systems, Inc. Co-Founders
The Art in Action Art Visionary Award is given annually to recognize the significant role a person or organization has played in promoting the arts in society and our “everyday lives.”
In the 35 years since the founding of Adobe Systems and Art in Action, the organizations have shared an unwavering dedication to arts education. Adobe System’s longstanding commitment to the artistic process through digital media aligns with Art in Action’s mission to inspire creativity and empower youth by helping all children receive a visual arts education.
We are honored to present this award to Charles and John for their impactful legacy in our community and beyond.
Charles Geschke, Adobe Systems, Inc. Co-Founder
Charles (Chuck) Geschke co-founded Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1982. A leader in the software industry for more than 40 years, Chuck retired from his position as president of Adobe in 2000 and continues to serve on the board with Adobe’s co-founder John Warnock. Prior to co- founding Adobe Systems, Chuck formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1980. From 1972 to 1980, he was a principal scientist and researcher at Xerox PARC’s Computer Sciences Laboratory. From 1963 to 1968, Chuck taught mathematics at John Carroll University. Chuck holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University and a M.S. in mathematics and an A.B. in Latin, both from Xavier University.
Chuck has actively participated on several boards of educational institutions, non-profits, technology companies, and arts organizations. In 1995, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2008, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In October 2009, Chuck was awarded the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama. In the fall of 2010, Chuck was presented with the Marconi Society Award for scientific contributions to human progress in the field of information technology. In 2012, Chuck was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society.
John Warnock, Adobe Systems, Inc. Co-Founder
Since Dr. John Warnock co-founded Adobe in 1982 with Dr. Charles Geschke, the two have worked closely together to develop a stream of pioneering software products that have established Adobe as leader and innovator in digital experiences across every screen.
For nearly three decades, Warnock’s vision and passion have been integral to Adobe’s success, building the company from a small start-up to one of the largest, most recognized software brands in the world. He was president of Adobe for the company’s first two years and CEO for the next 16 years. Warnock retired as CEO in 2000 and as the company’s CTO in 2001. He served as chairman of the board from April 1989 to January 2017, sharing that position with Geschke from September 1997 onwards. Today, he remains a member of Adobe’s board of directors.
Before co-founding Adobe, Warnock was a principal scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Prior to joining Xerox, he held key positions at Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM and the University of Utah.
The Annual Benefit for Art in Action.
This fabulous cocktail party features one-of-a-kind live auction items,
a silent auction with original artwork and exclusive art-themed
experiences, a spread of delectable food, and a signature drink
specially created and donated by our friends at Rocket Vodka.