Jeanne Finkelstein Goodman

Jeanne Finkelstein Goodman grew up in New Rochelle, NY and received her BFA in printmaking from Syracuse University. She had a graduate fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in 1974. Later Goodman studied at SUNY Buffalo with Harvey Breverman and with Terry Allen at California State University at Fresno in 1977. 

Goodman’s colorful, lively drawings from the series Creatures of the Book are inspired by the folktales of Goodman’s childhood told to her by her grandparents, where each animal has its own story to tell. These fables, like those from Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer frequently included animal characters that embodied human qualities. Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing experiences, preserving an otherwise forgotten way of life or instilling moral values. Goodman states, “Like the fabulous creatures in my grandparents’ stories, each animal in my drawings - bulls, goats, and sheep - has its own story to tell. I call them Creatures of the Book, both holy and secular since they are inspired equally by biblical and temporal tales.”

Goodman’s work is part of the permanent collection of the National Association of Women’s Art at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Her drawings are included in numerous corporate collections, universities and college galleries. She has been published in several volumes and magazines, including New American Painting, Creative Colored Pencil, Art Business News, and International Artist. Goodman has exhibited and received numerous awards in juried exhibitions across the nation. Most recently her work was included in the Maryland Federation of Art’s juried exhibition, “Art on Paper,” in 2018. 




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February 14 - March 13, 2019
Animal Instincts