Marsha Goldberg is a visual artist who lives in Highland Park, NJ, and works primarily in painting, drawing, and printmaking. She received an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, a BFA in Painting from Boston University, and has also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME. She was a founding member of the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA, and has attended several artists residency programs, most recently the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming in 2016.
Goldberg’s work in recent years has encompassed a variety of media and ideas. One group of graphite drawings and related paintings is based on news photographs of war-related explosions and the resulting smoke. A group of paintings on 6×6-inch wood panels employs a grid of painted dots to playfully respond to the woodgrain patterns. Most recently, she has been exploring the possibilities of cyanotype by layering ink-drawings on acetate and varying exposure times. The result is a record of shifting light and the passage of time. What connects this body of work is an attention to detail, an interest in the materiality of whichever medium she’s engaged with, and an approach that is experimental and process-based.
A frequent traveler, Goldberg has time spent in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, which informs her work. She has exhibited widely and her work is in several public collections, including Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, the Boston Public Library, and the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University. She has been a part-time lecturer at Douglass College at Rutgers University and Kean University. She is currently an artist-educator at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers/Newark.