Johanna Okovic Goodman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother, an artistic soul, encouraged her to develop her innate talent. At the age of seven, she was invited to attend classes under the tutelage of Joseph Fitzpatrick at the Carnegie Institute of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Moore College of Art and a Masters of Fine Arts at the much esteemed Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Goodman studied with Leon Kelly, Will Barnett, Franklin Watkins and Hobson Pittman and was the recipient of the coveted Lewis J. Ware Traveling Fellowship.
Her work is influenced by her extensive travels in Europe, North Africa and the American West. She had the unusual experience of living with a Berber tribe in Morocco for a time. There she learned to trust her senses and nature. It enabled her to extract the essence of Spirit, of sky, mountains to and trust the process of the work itself.
Although painting is her main medium, Goodman is a multi-faceted artist. She is accomplished in sculpture, clay sculpture, furniture art, and installation assemblages. Her work has been featured on CNN and on WTF-TV in Philadelphia. Feature articles about her and her work have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, and the London Independent.
The artist ‘s work is included in many fine collections, including the Smithsonian Museum, Dr. Alex Maeder, Elissa and Lee Osterman of Aspen, Colorado, Doubletree Hotels, and Maxwell King. Her one person exhibitions include Rosemont College, Ruth Zafrir Gallery, Vincent Kling Gallery, and Salon Des Amis, Philadelphia, and Iris Gallery, Littleton, CO. Goodman was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Sangre De Cristo Museum in Pueblo. The works included paintings, chairs and sculpture. The dates of the retrospective exhibition were Jan. 29 through April 15, 2011.
- 2011 – Sangre De Cristo Art Museum, “Life Fusions”, Pueblo, CO
- 2011 – Seven Arrows Gallery, featured artist Woodlawn Park, CO
- 2009 – Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO
- 2008 – Boettcher Hall, Denver Performing Art Center
- 2008 – Bethany Church, Festival of the Arts, Englewood, CO
- 2007 – represented by Iris Gallery, Littleton, CO
- 2006 – “Forgotten Alphabet”, Rosemont College, Philadelphia, PA
- 2004 – “Repetition and Transformation,” Philadelphia Cathedral. Curator: Elizabeth Doering.
- 2003 – “Look Here, See and Listen,” Penn Charter, Phila., PA – Jurors: Ollman, Bactzell, Issacs
- 2001 – “Life Cycles” – Two-person exhibition at Salon des Amis, Malvern, PA
- 1999 – “Seven Takes on Tile” Show of Hands, Philadelphia, PA
- 1998 – “Tools” Show, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA – Juror: Judith Schwartz
- 1997 – “Art of the State” Harrisburg, PA – Juror: Kenneth Trapp
- 1995 – Two person exhibition at Gallery 10 Ltd., Washington DC
- 1994 – “To the President,” National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Museum,Washington DC
- 1990 – Ruth Zafrir Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- 1981 – Kling Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Awards & Honors
- 1992 – Vermont Studio School Residency, Pew Charitable Trust Grant
- 1971 – Lewis Ware Traveling Fellowship, European Travel, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
- Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2001, Dec. 2000 reviews, Victoria Donohoe.
- Avon Grove Sun, June 2001, review, R.B. Strauss.
- Iris Magazine, Winter-Spring Issue 1999.
- Washington Post, Review, June, 1995.
- To the President, published by Smithsonian Museum, 1994.
- “Edie’s People”, news feature, WCAU-TV (CBS), March, 1994.
- Philadelphia Inquirer, People feature, February 24, 1994.
- Los Angeles Times, feature review, May 23, 1993.
- “Bill Clinton Chair Goes to the White House,” CBS This Morning, Melissa Rivers, January 19, 1993.
- Cable News Network, news feature, November, 1992.
- WTXF-TV (Fox) showcased artist, interviewed in my studio, October, 1992.
- London Independent, review, June, 1992.
- Aspen Times, feature article, May, 1992.
- Received over 150 commissions from 1989 to present.
- In the collections of
- Former President Bill Clinton
- John Tyson (Tyson Foods Inc.)
- Maxwell King (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Dr. Alex Maeder
- Dr. Lee and Elisa Osterman
- Edward Pritchard (Doubletree Hotels)
- Dennis Hopper
- and many others
Career Related Experience
- 1999 Curator, “Seven Takes on Tile” Philadelphia, PA
- 1998 Curator/Organizer, Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Tile Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
- 2000 – 96 Teacher, “Marketing your Art” Moore College, Univ.of the Arts, Cheltenham Art Ctr
- 1997 – 98 Vice President, Alumna Board, Moore College of Art
- 1981 – PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
- 1971 – M.F.A., Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
- 1967 – B.F.A., Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA