New Paltz professor awarded Guggenheim Foundation grant

NEW PALTZ – Professor Kathy Goodell, currently the area head of the painting & drawing program of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the recipient of a 2013 Fellow Grant in the category of Creative/Fine Arts from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Goodell was one of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists chosen for this honor from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants.

Guggenheim Foundation President Edward Hirsch commented on this year’s award designees, “It’s exciting to name 175 new Guggenheim Fellows. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best. Since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has always bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”

Goodell commented, “The students here at New Paltz are the best I’ve taught, and I love teaching them. Their energy and wonder, along with the continual dialogue I have with them, keeps me in awe of the art process. The faculty here represents a diversity of creativity and shared values which contribute to my methods of working.”

Goodell received her BFA and MFA degrees in sculpture from The San Francisco Art Institute. As an educator, she has taught at her alma mater as well as San Francisco State University, the University of California – Davis, Moore College of Art & Design, and The School of Visual Arts. Her work has been shown in more than 200 group and solo exhibitions in museums, galleries, and institutions in the United States and around the world (Italy, Germany, England, the Netherlands, South America). She also has received awards and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts (1993, 1997), The Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1991), the National Endowment for the Arts (1979, 1983), The Phelan Award (1981), and a Fulbright Fellowship (1977).

For the past 89 years, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded fellowships annually to artists, scholars, and scientists in all fields. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.