Riley Goodman, raised in the Patapsco River Valley of Maryland, inquires familial mythologies, folktales, and the greater history of America in effort to understand what endures, and subsequently how this endurance impacts 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. Goodman is a recent graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond.


BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, 2018 

Solo & Duo Exhibitions:

2019- American Gothic, Rump Gallery, Richmond, Virginia- In collaboration with Jessica Taylor           

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

Select Group Exhibitions:

2019- What We've Found: Spirituality In Suburbia, Aint Bad, Savannah, Georgia, Online Publication

           Burning Through Life, Cherry Gallery, Richmond, Virginia 

2018- Occult Work, Vice, New York, New York, Online Publication 

           On Death, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, New York, Online Publication

           What We've Found: Dog Days, Aint Bad, Savannah, Georgia, Online Publication

           804-248-4861, 506 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia- Recipient of Special Jury Prize 

           Sic Semper Tyrannis, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia- Curated by Alex Klein, ICA Philadelphia

2017- Year In Reverse, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, New York, Online Publication

          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- Curated by Julia Monroe, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond

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

2016- Light Leaked, November 2016 Issue: America, Charleston, South Carolina,  Online Publication 

            VCUarts Juried Undergraduate Spring Show, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia- Curated by Toby Kamps, Curator, Menil Collection, Houston

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

Awards & Honors: 

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 VCU Photo/Film Dept. (2015-2016 Year)


2019-  On Death, Kris Graves Projects, Brooklyn, NY 

              Ain't Bad No. 14, Ain't Bad, Savannah, GA 

              Burning Through Life, Pomegranate Press, Richmond, VA


2019- Aint Bad

2017- The Baltimore Sun


2018-   Mobelux, Richmond, VA


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

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