Barbara Morris Goodbody Collection
June 27 - October 30, 2019
Talk by Brenton Hamilton: October 24, 2019 6-8PM
4TH FLOOR OF THE USM GLICKMAN LIBRARY
The significance of any collection is its capacity to share, enlighten, instruct and reflect upon our society or perhaps even mirror the times of its making. As well as allow us to know the energies and force of the collector themselves. We know well, Goodbody’s devotion and championing of the arts in Maine and beyond, but it is her fine sensibility as a practitioner that informs this robust collection. - Brenton Hamilton, Professor of Photography
Barbara Goodbody has long been a leader in support of the arts in Maine. Her collection reflects her commitment and dedication. Featuring, some of the best makers in Maine, Santa Fe, Europe, and beyond, this compilation is idiosyncratic and optimistic, and mirrors her world philosophy. It is also curious and egalitarian. Barbara values the artist as much as the product, and the monetary value, or, the prestige of a piece is not what compels her to acquire it. It’s the content of the work that matters to her most. Many of these pieces were worth far less when they were attained years ago. That said, there is a staggering amount of important and valuable photographs in the assortment.
- Director Denise Froehlich
Barbara M. Goodbody is one of the very special people in my life. She has an extra eye, a unique way
of looking at a picture, a scene, a landscape, our whole world. Standing beside her in the Louvre or in a Moroccan field, she sees the extra dimension that I do not. That is the mark of a fine artist, which she is. She is both a photographer and collector. That she is also generous with her time, her resources and especially her heart are gifts she offers as well. In her modus operandi she focuses on compassion, on finding the good in people, and leading with love. Modest, even on occasion self-effacing, she is a role model for us all.
Anne B. Zill
Director Emerita, UNE Art Gallery