Riley Goodman, Virginia Dare, 2019. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.


Thursday, December 9, 2021
11:00 AM


Join Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with current and past Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists and other inspiring creatives. Guests will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration.

This month’s guest is Made in VA artist Riley Goodman.

Riley Goodman was raised in the Patapsco River Valley of Maryland. Goodman’s work inquires folklore, American history, and humankind's relationship with the environments they inhabit in an effort to understand what endures. He juxtaposes archival imagery and material from his personal collections of artifact and ephemera with the visual interpretation of researched, often folk-based, storytelling. When these elements combine, the resulting work forms a narrative that creates an ever-occurring amalgamation of time. By establishing this crafted world, Goodman forces the viewer to question the tenets of authenticity, leaving the idea of 'historical truth' in an undisclosed middle ground. Goodman is a BFA graduate of the VCUarts Photography program. His work has been featured in Time, Vice, and Oxford American, among other outlets.


Made in VA

For over 25 years, we have maintained a strong tradition of celebrating regional artists through our annual juried exhibition, New Waves. Our story finds its roots in a concerned and connected artist community. Virginia MOCA has never lost the goal of keeping ties with the talented artists who live close to our doors.

As our community evolves, so will the museum and its traditions. This year, New Waves has become Made in VA. The new title reasserts our commitment to Virginia artists. We will continue to bring together jurors who are at the top of their field with the talented contemporary artists found in the Commonwealth. With the new name come changes intended to strengthen our award program and provide opportunities for the growth and professional development of the selected artists.

NOVEMBER 27, 2021 - MARCH 6, 2022