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Paul Goodnight

Paul Goodnight was born In Chicago, Illinois on December 31, 1946. He was raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and New London, Connecticut. After serving in the Vietnam War, Goodnight returned to Boston and pursued a career as an artist. He received his B.F.A. and an honorary M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art. Goodnight’s work has also been featured across popular culture in films and television programs such as Ghost, The Preacher’s Wife, Seinfeld, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, collectively propelling his work into the mainstream market. But equally important, Goodnight is dedicated to community enrichment and charity, his work has been used to raise in excess of $75,000 for the Andre Agassi Foundation and Charter Schools. Patrons of his work include Bishop Desmond Tutu, Lionel Richie, Maya Angelou, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Morgan Freeman, Ed Gordon, Steve Harvey, and Illyassa Shabazz, daughter of the late Malcolm X, among many other notable collectors. His work has been published in Upscale Magazine, Ebony, Architectural Digest, Essence, People, Miami Design, Decor, and 100 Boston Painters. But here at home, The Bay State Banner and The Boston Globe consider him one of our most talented native sons.

Co-Creation Team

Avery Ferro

M.A. Candidate, Public History

Avery graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Connecticut State University in 2020 with her bachelors in History and minor in Public History. She is a second year Public History M.A. She has completed a variety of fieldwork from archival work to creating walking tours.

Oscar Navarro-Alvarez

Ph.D. Student, Criminology and Justice Policy

Oscar Navarro-Alvarez is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. His research interests include barriers to reentry and desistance among gangs and other hidden populations. He is a graduate research assistant for Megan Denver and Rod Brunson in the Center for Crime and Community Resilience.