For decades, The Academy’s 1997 Sport Artist of the Year, Paul Goodnight has created inspiring portraits of well-known athletes surrounded by symbols of his or her cultural heritage.

His work has decorated numerous television and film sets, the first being the popular sitcom, “The Cosby Show” in 1984. Over the years, Goodnight’s paintings were also seen on shows such as “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Seinfeld” and in publications such as Architectural Digest, Ebony and People Magazine.

Some of Goodnight’s major achievements include being commissioned to paint a commemorative poster for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games and the World Cup poster in 2010.

Among other accomplishments, he was commissioned by Geovision for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Minority Adult Male Anti-Smoking Campaign. He also designed a ceramic mural for the entrance of the Orlando Airport.

In addition, Goodnight uses his talent for philanthropic purposes such as painting a piece to raise funds for the African American Research Library in Florida, which auctioned for $32,500, and a piece by The Valley Inc. in New York, which auctioned for $51,000. In 2007, his piece entitled “What Your Heart Hears” was auctioned for $70,000 at the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children in Las Vegas, Nev.

In January of 1991, Goodnight co-founded the Color Circle Art Publishing, Inc., along with Bernice Robinson, Ekua Holmes & Roland Brooks. The Color Circle’s mission is to promote the achievements of established and up-and-coming artists.

Goodnight’s artwork has been featured in exhibitions at prevalent buildings such as the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Schomburg Institute. The American Sport Art Museum and Archives in Daphne, Ala., currently houses 12 pieces of Goodnight’s artwork. His art can also be found in the collections of many celebrities.

With the intention of turning what was once just a hobby into a profession, Goodnight attended the Massachusetts College of Art where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts.

Goodnight was mentored by prominent African-American artists, such as muralist, John Biggers, and spiritual painter, Alan Rohan Crite. He has traveled all over the world, living among the people of Russia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Africa and Brazil and China.

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