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Goodman, Herb

Richmond, KY


sculptural baskets

Herb Goodman is professor and chair of the art and design program at Eastern Kentucky University. After 20 years in the visual communications field, he received his master of fine arts degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1986. In 2000, Goodman was awarded the Division of the Arts Fellowship in Design Arts by the State of Louisiana. In 2011 Goodman was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Pi and was a recipient of the Wolfson Fellowship.


Goodman’s teaching career includes positions at Hampton University, the University of South Carolina, and Louisiana State University. He has taught graphics, design and photography and is trained in Photoshop and other web technologies. His design experience includes working with both national and international clients and he has received numerous grants.


After living 20 years in the deep south, Goodman returned to Appalachia where his passion for regional applied arts has been reinvigorated, renewing his interest in traditional culture, materials, processes, construction, & syntax. Consequently he has created a very unique new body of work based on traditional woven structures. His basketry is based on traditional methods and he uses a mixture of natural materials along with other media to create his sculptural baskets.


This work has been embraced by the arts community by inclusion in national, international shows, including a solo exhibit at the Doris Ulmann Gallery, Berea College, Berea Kentucky. Goodman is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

Works by Herb Goodman can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.