Goodman, Neil

Sculptor Neil Goodman works with metal to create abstract forms linked to a modernist lineage and evocative of the Midwestern industrial landscape. Goodman invites Klein Artist Works into his home and studio to discuss materials and techniques as well as the many facets of a successful career: forming good work habits, maintaining an audience, budgeting for large projects, working with dealers, and his long teaching career.

“If you’re going to be an artist, you also need to be an audience, too. Because you want people to look at your work, and you have to make the effort to look at their work, too, and ask them questions. That goes a long way in terms of just developing those dialogues. And you’ll meet really interesting people, and you’ll learn things that you never thought you needed to know… It allows you to pose the questions to yourself that you need to challenge yourself in terms of your own work.”

Chicago-based sculptor Neil Goodman completed an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1979. Subsequently, he cofounded the art department at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, where he has been a professor ever since. His work has been collected in public and private collections and has appeared in numerous periodicals, including Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, and Sculpture Magazine. His many public commissions include permanent sculptural and wall installations at the Chicago McCormick Place South Pavilion, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, and Indiana University Northwest. Goodman is represented by Perimeter Gallery in Chicago.