Riley Goodman, raised in the Patapsco River Valley of Maryland, inquires folklore, American history, and humankind's relationship with the environments they inhabit in an effort to understand what endures, and subsequently how this endurance exists in relation to his own presence in the canon. Goodman juxtaposes archival imagery and material from his personal collections of artifact and ephemera with the visual interpretation of researched, often folk-based, storytelling. When these elements combine, the resulting work forms a narrative that rather than noting a specific period, creates an ever-occurring amalgamation of time. By establishing this crafted world, Goodman forces the viewer to question the tenants of authenticity, leaving the idea of 'historical truth' in an undisclosed middle ground.



BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, 2018
Photography Major / History Minor


2020: From Yonder Wooded Hill, (Forthcoming)


2019: American Gothic, Rump Gallery, Richmond, VA- In collaboration with Jessica Taylor
2017: Patapsco: Silent Witnesses To An Enduring Current, The Museum of Howard County History, Ellicott City, MD


Unbound9!, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA
Transcending The Quarantine, The Baltimore County Arts Guild, Catonsville, MD

Pressed Together, Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA
What We've Found: Spirituality In Suburbia, Aint-Bad, Savannah, GA
Burning Through Life, Cherry Gallery, Richmond, VA

Occult Work, Vice, New York, NY
On Death, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, NY
What We've Found: Dog Days, Aint-Bad, Savannah, GA
804-248-4861, 506 Gallery, Richmond, VA- Recipient of Special Jury Prize
Sic Semper Tyrannis, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA- Curated by Alex Klein, ICA Philadelphia

Year In Reverse, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, NY
Open Nite, The Pollak Building, Richmond, VA
That's Not Good Enough, Studio Two Three, Richmond, VA
VCUarts Juried Undergraduate Spring Show, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA- Curated by Julia Monroe, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond
The Future is Calling, The Present is Fleeting, The Past is Calling, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

Light Leaked, November 2016 Issue: America, Charleston, SC
VCUarts Juried Undergraduate Spring Show, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA- Curated by Toby Kamps, Curator, Menil Collection, Houston

The Family Room Collective Fall Show: What Happened Here?, The Family Room Gallery, Richmond, VA


2019: 3rd Place, Aint-Bad's First Annual Book Prize Award
2018: Special Jury Prize, '804-248-4861: The VCU Photography Class of 2018 Senior Show'
Humble Arts Foundation's Top Instagram Picks of 2016
Most Outstanding Sophomore, Awarded by the VCUarts Photo/Film Department


The American Civil War Museum


2020: Climate Change Zine, Skinny Dipper Magazine, Richmond, VA

On Death, Kris Graves Projects, Brooklyn, NY
^Featured in The Best Photobooks of 2019 by Time Magazine
Aint-Bad No. 14, Aint-Bad, Savannah, GA
Burning Through Life, Pomegranate Press, Richmond, VA


2020: Oxford American
2019: Aint Bad
2017: The Baltimore Sun


2019: B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City, MD
2018: Mobelux, Richmond, VA

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