Riley Goodman is a photographer and multimedia artist based in Richmond, Virginia. Born and raised in the historic Baltimore suburb of Catonsville, Maryland, Goodman uses the environment of his childhood as a jumping off point for much of his work. Goodman's practice focuses largely on narratives, drawing inspiration from American history, cinema, and literature. As a practicing historian, iconography is majorly important to Goodman. Each decision made shows specific forethought based in research that presents subjects as silent witnesses to the progression of time. Goodman’s fixation on the United States transcends into the work, which juxtaposes archival imagery from Goodman’s personal collection of artifacts and ephemera with new imagery inspired by topics ranging from familial stories to American folktales

When these elements combine, Goodman’s work becomes an amalgamation of time periods, rather than recreating or recontextualizing a specific era. The work establishes a faux world of altered and often romanticized perceptions that make the viewer question authenticity through the employment of reality versus fabrication.

Goodman is currently enrolled as a rising undergraduate senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. 


BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, 2018 (Pending)

Solo Exhibitions:

2017- Patapsco: Silent Witnesses To An Enduring Current, The Museum of Howard County History, Ellicott City, Maryland

Select Group Exhibitions:

2017- Open Nite, The Pollak Building, Richmond, Virginia

          That's Not Good Enough, Studio Two Three, Richmond, Virginia

          VCUarts Juried Undergraduate Spring Show, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

          The Future is Calling, The Present is Fleeting, The Past is Calling, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

2016- Light Leaked, November 2016 Issue: America, Online Publication 

          VCUarts Juried Undergraduate Spring Show, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia 

2015- The Family Room Collective Fall Show: What Happened Here?, The Family Room Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

Awards & Honors: 

Humble Arts Foundation's Top Instagram Picks of 2016

Most Outstanding Sophomore, Awarded by the VCU Photo/Film Dept. (2015-2016 Year)


Reuse The Box, The Branch Museum of Architecture & Design, Richmond, Graphic Design Work, Sept. 2016 - Feb. 2017

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