Debra Goldman is an artist maker living in the pacific northwest. She has lived in Iowa, New York, Colorado and now Washington state. Her time in each of these vastly different environments has influenced her relationship to place as well as informed a visual language used in her creative work. Since the 1980s, Goldman has created a multifaceted body of work often incorporating the photographic image and various supporting mixed media. More recently she has worked with acrylic paint on board, collage and gold leaf.
Goldman received her MFA in Photography in 1988 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and her BFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa in 1980. She has been awarded a number of national, regional, and local grants including two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships; an Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship; a Colorado COVisions Recognition Award and promotional grant; a WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship for the Visual Arts; a Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Associateship and an Artist Fellowship award from the Colorado Council of the Arts.
Over the last several years since her move from the arid high plains of Colorado to the lush and wet pacific northwest, Goldman has continued to explore her relationship to water, to “place” and to her search for the transformative capacity of visual language.