Dick Goody

Dick Goody

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Dick Goody is an associate professor of Art in Oakland University’s Department of Art and Art History. He serves as director of the Oakland University Art Gallery and curator of the Oakland University Art Collection.

An OU faculty member since 1994, Goody has taught courses in painting and drawing, as well as historical painting techniques.

Since becoming director of the OU Art Gallery in 2000, Goody has organized more than 60 curatorial projects and curated more than 30 contemporary art exhibitions, writing and editing their accompanying catalogues. He also has increased the gallery’s community support and made it a key academic unit in Oakland’s Department of Art and Art History. Twice a year, students in the Studio Art program have the special opportunity to display their work in the gallery during Senior Thesis Exhibitions.   

Under Goody’s leadership, the OU Art Gallery hosts six exhibitions a year and has displayed art work from renowned institutions, such as the Detroit Institute of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gallery exhibitions have been reviewed in national journals, such as Art in America and Sculpture magazine. Over the years, the gallery’s diverse exhibitions catalogues and events have helped it secure a special place in the Detroit art community. In 2009, gallery attendance rose more than 20 percent.

In addition to contemporary art, the gallery has showcased important collections, including Between Matter and Spirit: Russian Icon Painting Kotlyarov CollectionA Heritage of Teaching: The African Art Collection of Catherine C. Blackwell, and Seminal Works from the N’Namdi Collection of African American Art. Recently, the gallery showcased Ten Years of Contemporary Art, an exhibition celebrating works from various artists who have shaped the gallery’s programming over the last decade.

Goody is committed to advancing Detroit’s unique cultural identity and sees the region as a vital hub of artistic enrichment. In 2009, along with noted artists Lorna Simpson and Richard Tuttle, Goody was a review panelist for the inaugural Kresge Arts in Detroit Artist Fellowships, which awarded $450,000 to 18 artists from the tri-county area.  

Goody earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Design Education from Middlesex University. In May, Goody’s own paintings were featured in a solo exhibition, The Decay of Lying, at The Butcher’s Daughter Contemporary Art gallery in Ferndale.

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