Santa Fe sculptor Glenna Goodacre’s bronze sculptures are immediately recognizable for their lively expression. fluid texture, and intriguing composition. Her work is included in countless public, private, municipal and museum collections across America and around the world. After graduation from Colorado College and classes at the Art Student’s League in New York, she became a successful painter, then in 1969 turned her attention to sculpture.
Her most well-known work is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial installed in Washington, D.C. in 1993. Goodacre was selected in 1997 to create the monumental Irish Memorial in Philadelphia. Completed and installed at Penn’s Landing in 2003, the massive bronze is her most ambitious public sculpture—with 35 life-size figures. In 1998, her 8-foot standing portrait of Ronald Reagan was unveiled at the Reagan Library in California and another cast is at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. After a nationwide competition for a Sacagawea dollar coin design in 1999, Goodacre’s rendering for the obverse or face was unveiled at the White House by Hillary Clinton. Continuously minted since 2000 to the present, the dollar is being re-released with a new reverse featuring Native American themes. In 2004, her heroic bronze portrait of legendary West Point Coach Colonel Earl “Red” Blaik was dedicated at the National College Football Hall Of Fame, soon to move to a new museum in Atlanta, Georgia. She had created over 50 bronze portraits.
An academician of the National Academy of Design and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Goodacre has won many awards at their exhibitions in New York. She has received honorary doctorates from Colorado College, her alma mater, and 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 by PBS affiliate KNME. 2009 marked her 40th anniversary as a sculptor with exhibitions and a 240-page book. She is the 2010 recipient of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Inspiration Award from the Craig Hospital Foundation in Denver. In 2010, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sacagawea Dollar, Goodacre’s historic studies and designs for the coin were added to the Smithsonian 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, where her work is in the permanent collection.
Glenna has lived and worked in Santa Fe since 1983 and she and her husband attorney C.L. Mike Schmidt are life-long visitors to New Mexico.