Gary Godbee received a B.F.A. degree in painting from Boston University in 1974 and has studied graduate painting at Brooklyn College and Montclair State University. He has taught drawing at the Art Students League, landscape and portrait painting workshops in Sante Fe for the Academy of Realist Art, and currently teaches painting courses at the Montclair Art Museum School/ Yard School of Art, the Somerset Art Association, and the Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit.
Gary is best known for his realist landscape paintings, which often include panoramic views of northern New Jersey. His work has been shown in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, and California; and can be found in collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan. His one-person exhibitions have included shows at Studio 7 in Bernardsville, the J. Cacciola Gallery in NYC, Cudahy's Gallery in New York City and Richmond, VA, the First Street Gallery in NYC, and the Watchung Arts Center in Watchung, NJ. Recent exhibitions include the 2005 N.J. Arts Annual at the Montclair Art Museum, the NJSCA Fellowship exhibition at the NJ State Museum in Trenton, and two-person shows at the Arts Guild of Rahway and the Tomasulo Gallery of Union County College.
Gary Godbee has received Fellowships in 2004 and 1994 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, exceptional merit awards from the City Without Walls Gallery in Newark in 2002 and 1995, and a merit award from the Portrait Institute in New York in 1996. He is represented in the 1998 Society of Illustrators Annual and is listed in Who's Who in American Art. In 2000, he completed two twenty-foot wide murals commissioned through the NJ State Council on the Arts that are now permanently installed in the Department of Labor Building in Trenton.