Gary Godbee

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Gary Godbee

United States

Gary Godbee received a B.F.A. degree in painting from Boston University in 1974, and studied graduate painting at Brooklyn College and Montclair State University. Well known as an instructor, he has taught drawing at the Art Students League, landscape and portrait painting workshops in Sante Fe for the Academy of Realist Art, and currently teaches painting courses at the Montclair Art Museum School/ Yard School of Art, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster.
Gary is best known for his realist landscape paintings. His work has been shown throughout the United States and can be found in collections in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Recent exhibitions include one-person shows at Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, the Studio 7 Art Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ, the J. Cacciola Gallery in NYC, and the Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickenson University. He participated in the show ACOPAL: Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism at the Beijing World Art Museum that subsequently traveled through major art centers in various cities in China in 2012 - 2013. This exhibition was also shown at the Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, and at the National Arts Club in NYC. His work was included in Super Real: Different Angles of Photorealism at the Citadelle Art Foundation in Canadian, Texas, and The Human Form, a show of figure paintings and drawings at Studio7 Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ. He had two-person shows at the Arts Guild of Rahway and the Tomasulo Gallery of Union County College in 2003, and has participated in many group shows, including recent shows at Gallery Henoch in NYC, the J. Cacciola Gallery in NYC and Bernardsville, Tatistcheff Gallery in NYC, City without Walls Gallery in Newark, and the Paul Robeson Gallery of Rutgers University.
His work was also featured in the 2017 N.J. Arts Annual: Special Edition at the N.J. State Museum in Trenton, the 2010 N.J. Arts Annual: Reality & Artifice at the N.J. State Museum, and in the 2005 N.J. Arts Annual: Place of Mind at the Montclair Art Museum. He received Fellowships in 2004 and 1994 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Exceptional Merit Awards from the City Without Walls Gallery in Newark in 2002 and 1995, and a Merit Award from the Portrait Institute in New York in 1996. In 2000, he completed two twenty-foot wide murals commissioned through the NJ State Council on the Arts that are now permanently installed in the Department of Labor Building in Trenton.

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