About Roger

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Roger and Big Izmo, oil on canvas assemblage

Roger Goldenberg has been praised in the news media as a “high quality abstract artist,” his paintings are “a close metaphor for the best jazz”…remarkable for their “expertly choreographed compositions.” During a Boston exhibition Roger Goldenberg’s paintings were chosen by the Boston Globe’s Calendar Choice as pick of the week. His abstract pieces are like “improvisational conversations in paint” that develop in his subconscious mind. Chris Millis, the former Living Arts Editor for Boston’s South End News and editor for artsMEDIA, exclaimed that “these are paintings you could ‘listen’ to forever.”

After viewing Roger Goldenberg’s solo exhibition at the AVA Gallery and Art Center, art critic and painter Robert Carsten described his students’ response to the exhibition; “They were so energized by your paintings during their work break they couldn’t stop talking about them. Roger,” he exclaimed, “your artwork has the power to move people!”

Roger was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New Hampshire “Home-Based Business Champion of the Year” and was lauded by former Governor John Lynch at an awards ceremony sponsored by the NH Small Business Association.

He has received three Artist Entrepreneurial Grant Awards from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts; to help defray travel expenses to visit the Kohler Foundation, update his innovative website and webstore, and to help document his innovative visual jazz project In Ears ‘n’ Eyes. The awards were made possible by appropriations from the Governor of New Hampshire, the NH State Legislature and a National Endowment for the Arts grant to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

His In Ears ‘n’ Eyes (IENE) performance ensemble and the In Ears ‘n’ Eyes Creativity Workshops (IENE-CW) are Goldenberg’s most recent artistic and teaching projects. The In Ears ‘n’ Eyes ensemble is a robust collaboration that creates in-the-moment conversations between his visual jazz painting and performing jazz musicians. Warren Seelig, renowned artist, art writer and educator, recently saw a concise version of IENE at the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Arts In Education Conference. After the In Ears ‘n’ Eyes performance his enthusiasm for the spectacle could be seen in the sparkle of his eyes while he exclaimed, “Roger, I was truly impressed by the performance’s authenticity! You were all conversing with each other and your movements in paint were in direct response with what was going on musically. It was impressive!”

Roger is now on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Artist in Education Roster, which advertises his talents and creativity workshops to public schools and community organizations. Roger and Matt Langley brought IENE_CW to Portsmouth Middle School with 80 eighth graders as a part of her NHSCA AIR granted program, Vision, Verse and Verve: The Harlem Renaissance. IENE-CW just completed a creativity workshop at the Rye Elementary School in Rye, NH and has an upcoming workshop at Dover Middle School this May. IENE has worked throughout New England giving workshops that include the Applewild School, an ensemble of New England based executives and for the Saucony. In Ears ‘n’ Eyes was chosen to kick off the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts 2014 Arts In Education Conference.

Goldenberg moved to Lebanon, NH in 2015, after maintaining a studio at the Button Factory in Portsmouth, NH for twenty years. In Lebanon, he worked in Studio 307 at the AVA Gallery and Art Center on Bank Street. As an educator, Roger has worked as an adjunct professor at universities and community art centers teaching watercolor, drawing, oil painting, and sculpture. HIs teaching gigs included The AVA Gallery and Art Center, Norwich University in VT, The University of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Music and Art Center, Granite State College, Great Bay Community College and as a visiting artist a numerous public and private schools.

Roger has paintings in 25 children’s museums in the U.S. and his solo exhibitions include AVA Gallery, River Valley Community College; Artistree in South Pomfret, VT; Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston; Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; The Rye Gallery, Rye, NH; Gallery AA/B, Boston and Gallery @ 38 Cameron, Cambridge, MA

Pertinent links: Roger on Tedx Piscataqia River & Roger’s Youtube Channel

What had Goldenberg been up to lately?   ‘Cool Projects’ tracks Roger’s innovative projects and art-related volunteer work.

For information about his most recent exhibitions and activities click on ‘What’s New.’

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