Exhibition Artists

Eileen Goodman

About the Exhibition

Open House: Saturday November 14th, 2015  4:00-6:00 p.m

The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman celebrates one of Philadelphia’s most respected realist painters and an innovator within the city’s long-established tradition of still life painting. The exhibition includes work spanning five decades of the artist’s career, from her early figurative drawings, prints, and oils to her recent monumental watercolors. Known particularly for her remarkable watercolors of peonies, fruit, and arranged still lifes, Goodman is revered for her unique ability to achieve saturated color, nuanced tonal ranges, and complex textures. The range of works on view demonstrate how her mastery of watercolor was shaped by both her formal artistic training and her independent experimentation in various media.

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1937, Goodman attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now the University of the Arts), where she studied illustration with Jacob Landau and painting with Morris Berd and Larry Day. She pursued a degree in the illustration arts, earning a BFA in 1958. Goodman has had numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia. Her work is in the collections of Bryn Mawr College, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition Related Workshop

Constructive Feedback for Watercolor Artists In conjunction with The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman

W6 Saturday, November 21
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Eileen Goodman
$40 ($20 members)

Look at your watercolor paintings with artist Eileen Goodman and discover new possibilities. Begin in the studio. Then visit Woodmere’s galleries to see the unique qualities of watercolor in Goodman’s art.

Exhibition Related Events

Gallery Talk: The Weight of Watercolor

Saturday, November 14, 3:00 p.m.
: Rachel McCay, assistant curator, Woodmere Art Museum

Join us for a gallery talk on the paintings of Eileen Goodman and the curatorial approach to Woodmere’s exhibition of her work.

Gallery Talk: Eileen Goodman

Saturday, January 9, 3:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 members)
: Eileen Goodman

Walk through the galleries with artist Eileen Goodman. Enjoy an informal conversation and learn about her art and unique approach to watercolor.

  • Due to excessive heat warnings, Saturday Night Jazz on June 22, Tribute to Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding: Memphis Soul, will be held INDOORS. Seating will be provided by the Museum. No refreshments are permitted inside the building.