Columbus College of Art & Design names new Director of Exhibitions
Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) President Dennison W. Griffith announced the appointment of Michael Goodson as the college’s new Director of Exhibitions, effective Aug. 15.
“Michael has a sophisticated grasp of contemporary developments in diverse fields of visual creativity,” Griffith remarked. “His fresh and inspiring ways of contextualizing contemporary art and design through exhibitions and programming will be key to the continued prominence of the college’s exhibitions program.”
Since 2006, Goodson has been the Exhibitions Director at the James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY. He was active in the selection of works for group and solo shows and art fairs. In this capacity he helped to shape the nature of exhibitions and the general programmatic tenor of the gallery.
“As the Exhibition Director of the James Cohan Gallery, Michael has traveled the world. His global perspective, strong ties to the art world and his desire to return to Ohio made him the best candidate,” said Faculty Council Chair Tim Rietenbach, who was on the search committee for the position and immediate past director of student exhibitions.
In addition to his curatorial experience, Goodson has also maintained a diverse teaching practice at several institutions of higher learning, starting in 1998. He has been Adjunct Professor of Art at Hunter College and Wright State University, teaching courses such as Introduction to the visual experience, Art Theory, Art History, Sculpture, and Introduction of Installation Art. He earned a BFA in sculpture from Wright State University and an MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
This teaching experience and studio practice also made him a standout candidate for the position. Search committee member Suzanne Cotton, chair of Fashion Design, noted, “it’s great that he has teaching experience along with his gallery experience—I think this combination will be a perfect fit for CCAD as the college embarks on the next phase of its exhibitions program.”
Goodson will develop a rolling two-year calendar of exhibitions and related activities (lectures, openings, and events), for the Canzani Gallery and other galleries around campusas a valuable addition to the educational experience and campus life. He will also teach in the Sculpture department starting this fall. Goodson says he wants, “to use this position to connect with students and faculty, and to get a feel for what will work best to create an exhibition program that will integrate with the college’s academic program in a lively and engaging way.”
Of his new job Goodson adds wryly, “I’d actually like to find it ill fitting at first, allowing a bit of room to grow.”
President Griffith added, “Michael’s keen mind, energetic nature, and experience leads me to believe that we are in for some exciting new programming.”