Born 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died Kansas City, Missouri Sept. 24, 2005
A remarkably talented realist painter trained at the Philadelphia College of Art in Pennsylvania (B.F.A.) and Indiana University at Bloomington (M.F.A.), Lester Goldman, a Professor of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute (1966 to 2005), shifted to multimedia installation art in the 1970s. In Omaha to mount an installation for the 1992 Midlands Invitational at the Joslyn Art Museum, he also installed outdoor sculpture, a grouping of carved wooden totems, outside the Lou and Del Weber Fine Art Building and produced a woodcut for the UNO Print Workshop. The print is related to "The Latest Blow to Mirth", a three-part multimedia installation project in Kansas City, Missouri. "55 Gallons of Blue Laughter" (1989) and "Kabalival" (1993) debuted at the Leedy-Voulkos Contemporary Art Center and "Womb Shot" (1996) appeared at Grand Arts. Each of these "carnival-like, walkthrough events" featured Goldman's characters Otto and Lil. The couple drawn as if from a coloring book often exchange body parts or morph into "Lilotto," a name meant to suggest "lotto, the lottery, a game of chance." d

Otto Buys New Boots
1993; color woodcut and chine collé on rice paper; sheet: 52 1/4 x 30 (132.71 x 76.2); edition of 15