Dick Goody is a Professor of Art and Chair of the 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.
As director of the OU Art Gallery, Goody has organized more than 60 curatorial projects and curated more than 40 contemporary art exhibitions, writing and editing their accompanying catalogues.
Under Goody’s leadership, the OU Art Gallery hosts six exhibitions a year and has displayed art work from renowned institutions, such as the George Eastman House of International Museum of Photography and Film, 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.
In addition to contemporary art, the gallery has showcased important collections, including The African Art Collection of Catherine C. Blackwell, and Seminal Works from the N’Namdi Collection of African American Art.
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.
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 Art and Design Education from Middlesex University. Goody’s own paintings have been featured in nine solo shows and over forty group exhibitions in London, New York and Detroit.