Glenna Goodacre's sculptures are immediately recognizable for their unique expression, texture, design and movement. Beginning as a painter provided a foundation for her first bronzes created in 1969.She has since created over 600 different works, the most well-known of which is the Vietnam Women's Memorial installed in Washington, D.C. in 1993. Her largest piece is the massive Irish Memorial created in 2002 for Penn's Landing in Philadelphia.
The smallest is the obverse of the Sacagawea U.S. Dollar first minted in 2000.The most popular of over 50 bronze portraits is After The Ride, a 7 1/2 - foot standing figure of President Ronald W. Reagan made in 1998. One was cast for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and another for the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.An academician of the National Academy of Design and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Goodacre has won many awards* at their exhibitions.She has received honorary doctorates from Colorado College, her alma mater, and from Texas Tech University in her hometown of Lubbock.In 2002, her work won the James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award* at the Prix De West Exhibition.In 2003, she was awarded* the prestigious Texas Medal Of Arts and later that year was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall Of Fame in Fort Worth. In 2005 a street in Lubbock, Texas, was named Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.In 2008 Glenna was named Notable New Mexican by the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.The honor included a documentary film “Clay Masher” by PBS affiliate KNME. 2009 marked her 40th anniversary as a sculptor with exhibitions and a 240-page book.In 2010, the 10th anniversary of the Sacagawea Dollar, Goodacre's studies and designs for the coin were added to the Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection in Washington, D.C.She is the 2013 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award* from the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. In 2014 she was awarded the Legacy Award from The Texas Tech University Museum Association in Lubbock, TX.In January, 2015, Goodacre's studies and maquettes for the Vietnam Women's Memorial were included in an exhibition along with works by Laura Fraser called “Conflict In Bronze”.The popular exhibit at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City has been held over to Spring 2016.In July, 2015, an exhibition of the Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection opened at the American History Museum in Washington, D.C.From the collection of 1.6 million objects, Curators were given the daunting task of choosing 400 items, three of which represented Goodacre's work: two Sacagawea Dollars minted in 2000 and an 8” plaster design for the coin created in 1998.Goodacre's heroic statue of West Point Coach Colonel Earl “Red” Blaik sculpted in 2002 was given to The U.S. Military Academy at West Point in October, 2015, by the National Football Foundation.Glenna has lived and worked in Santa Fe since 1983 but she and her husband attorney C.L. Mike Schmidt are life-long visitors to New Mexico.
"Glenna Goodacre has contributed more to the figurative sculpture landscape in America than any other artist, certainly more than any other woman in the arts. Her special style of expression, emotion, movement and design make her works the favorites of countless collectors in the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
Her public sculptures are the pride of city and corporate collections in nearly all 50 states. She is the master of every scale, from the tiny bas-relief of Sacagawea on the U.S. dollar to the 40' long Irish Memorial in Philadelphia and the towering twice-life-size General Hap Arnold at the Air Force Academy, with every size work in-between from small head studies to complete figures. For the beginning collector or for avid repeat buyers there is a wide range of possible pieces available"- Daniel Anthony, manager, Glenna Goodacre Ltd
Glenna Goodacre, nata a Lubbock, Texas è considerata una delle più importanti artiste Americane* viventi.Nel 2005, la sua città natale le ha dedicato una strada, il Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.Il Vietnam Women's Memorial, un gruppo in marmo, scolpito da Glenna Goodacre e collocato nel 1993 in Washington, vicino a Kidwell Meadows e Lincoln Memorial Circle, vienne considerato «a contemporarny version of the Pietà» michelangiolesca.
"Glenna Goodacre ha contribuito forse più di qualsiasi altro artista alla scultura figurativa del paesaggio in America, sicuramente più di qualsiasi altra donna nel campo delle arti. Il suo particolare stile di espressione, emozione, movimento e design, pone le sue opere tra le favorite di molti collezionisti, sia in patria che all'estero.Per il suo progetto del dollaro la Goodacre chiese e ottenne di essere pagata con 5.000 pezzi della moneta datati 2000, prodotti appositamente per lei con una speciale finitura. Purtroppo, nel marzo 2007 Glenna Goodacre a causa di una caduta, dovuta probabilmente a un mini-ictus, ha riportato un grave trauma cranico. Dopo essere stata per molti giorni in coma, le sue condizioni sono migliorate, al punto che già nel gennaio 2008 ha potuto presenziare all'inaugurazione di una sua scultura presso il St. Vincent Regional Medical Center di Santa Fe, città dove l'artista risiede.
Le sue sculture pubbliche sono l'orgoglio delle città in quasi tutti i 50 Stati.
E' maestra in ogni scala di lavori, dal piccolo bassorilievo sul dollaro Sacagawea alla torreggiante statua, grande due volte il naturale, del Generale Hap Arnold presso l'Air Force Academy".