Iranian Ceramic Tile
Square ceramic tile with a decorative glaze on one side. The pattern create four triangular shapes with patterns within each. Colors include white, light blue, dark blue, brown and orange.
Jim and Virginia Goode have an over 50 year-long relationship with the Middle East. For Virginia, it began during a camping trip from Bombay to London, and for Jim an adventure with the Peace Corp, teaching English in Tuyserkan, a small Iranian town. They met and married in Tehran in 1972 and continued their journey of love and admiration for the people, cultures, and landscapes of the region. Over their years living and visiting a number of countries including Iran, Jim specialized in the history of American foreign relations and wrote a number of books specific to the US-Iran relations.
In 1986, they made the long journey to GVSU’s Allendale campus where Jim founded the Middle East studies program and set up a number of faculty-led study abroad programs for students. In 2018, the GVSU Art Gallery worked along with the Goodes to tell their story and highlight a wide variety of ceramics, rugs, textiles, and many other everyday objects they acquired over the years in an exhibit titled, “Afghanistan to Morocco: Journeys of Jim and Virginia Goode.”