Sharon Goodman biography

Abstract artist Sharon Goodman was born in 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, and began studying art at age fourteen. Choosing to live and raise a family in Morgantown, West Virginia, where her husband, now retired, was a professor, Goodman graduated with an M.F.A. from West Virginia University in 1978. She studied printmaking under Will Petersen at West Virginia University and spent a year in Florence, Italy, studying early Renaissance art. Goodman works primarily with oil on paper and canvas, often in series and triptychs, creating paintings that range in size from 4” x 4” to 60” x 60.” She also works in lithography, encaustic, and glass.

Goodman has been the recipient of a West Virginia Fellowship for the Arts, through the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous other awards. She has had over twenty solo exhibitions and been part of over forty invitational and juried exhibitions. Sharon Goodman’s work can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in the permanent collections of West Virginia University and the University of Charleston. Her work has been represented by galleries in New York; Pittsburgh; Cleveland; Detroit; Tampa; Hagerstown, Maryland; Rochester, New York; and Morgantown, West Virginia.